Heróica Fanzine

Sea Wolf by Carolina Buzio


Yay, this project is out!

You may now check the fanzine and all the amazing characters created by Portuguese illustrators, here:


A huge thank you goes to Ricardo Bessa for organising it and making that amazing cover with all the characters drawn by him (you should totally check his portfolio, his sense of layout, story and colour is impressive!).

…and this is the part where I shamefully admit it has been out for (caham) almost a month now. It even got mentioned in P3 (a branch from the portuguese newspaper Público) when it happened.

Oh, and if you’d like to read a bit more about the development of this character check my old post about it.


Barcelona – City of the Future

Future Barcelona - by Carolina Buzio

I’m excited to announce I did the cover for a magazine that just launched, ViewPoints BCN!

This first illustration you see here is the one used for the online version (see it being used here) and the printed version (has a different layout) was published inside Bloomberg Businessweek magazine.

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Future Barcelona by Carolina Buzio

(detail of the illustration)

Client: ViewPoints BCN

Agency: Mucho

Obrigado – Pingo Doce ad

Seems like everything is starting to calm down a bit around here, and I have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to sharing the projects that are out!

Let’s start with this one that I showed you in my last post, the visual development for a “Pingo Doce” (supermarket chain in Portugal) commercial. The concept was “Nature says thank you (the word “Obrigado” in Portuguese) for using bio cleaning products”. Most of the ideas and animals to be used had already been decided but I got to play around with layouts, colours and textures to develop a style that was cute and sweet.

Pingo Doce "Obrigado" Visual Development by Carolina Buzio Pingo Doce "Obrigado" Visual Development by Carolina Buzio Pingo Doce "Obrigado" Visual Development by Carolina Buzio Pingo Doce "Obrigado" Visual Development by Carolina Buzio

All characters and backgrounds were drawn by me.

Check the video and more pictures in my portfolio.

Thank you to Jerónimo Rocha & João Miguel Real for the impeccable direction and animation!

Production:Take it Easy / Easy Labs

Producer: Frederico Serra

Animation: João Miguel Real

Post-production: João Miguel Real & Miguel Diogo

Production Manager: Bruno Caetano

Sound Design: Digital Mix

Last couple of months and a lot of sneak peeks

I cannot believe two months have passed since I last wrote on the blog! These last few weeks have been pretty full.

I was working on two(!) small children’s books with sounds… cannot tell you more than this, but here is a sneak peek from my favourite page:

Crocodile Playing Clarinet by Carolina Buzio

(I’ll let you know when they are out!)

I was also working with an agency in Berlin doing illustration and motion graphics for a recruitment ad (which is now online, check it here) , all before I went to Asia for a 3 week vacation!

Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, everything was so inspiring, I’m still daydreaming about it.

I doodled a bit and painted this with my iPhone while having drinks with friends in a bar:

Hong Kong Bar iPhone painting by Carolina Buzio

(curious to see more pictures of the trip? Check my instagram for some glimpses)

When I came back I was swamped with a bunch of amazing projects and collaborations but again, I cannot show you more than sneak peeks… so here are the last two I will show for now:

Underwater Whales by Carolina Buzio

A Place In Asia by Carolina Buzio

Can’t wait to share the full projects!

4 Disney Artists Paint One Tree

Found this and I’d like to keep it somewhere so that I can watch it again. Figured the blog would be a good place to do so!

A Whale of a Time

Whale of a Time by Carolina Buzio



Ever since I moved out of Porto (my hometown) I’ve been trying to keep in touch with my family and friends (a bit all throughout the world) by sending them cards and packages now and then… it just feels so much nicer and personal than an e-mail!

Last year, CardNest invited me to create 3 cards for their gorgeous exclusive collection and gave me the chance to try their service: if you’re a member (costs £7.5 a month inside the UK and £10 outside), every month you’ll receive a beautiful package (I mean it, look at that!) with 3 illustrated greeting cards for all sorts of situations… Which means it is now easier for me to always have pretty cards in hand when I need them!

(I actually kind of “stalk” a few of the illustrators they have collaborated with, so I suspect it will be hard to part with some of the cards… I’ll probably just add them to my inspiration wall at the studio)

Whale of a Time for CardNest By Carolina Buzio

All of this to tell you the third design I did for them, ,”Whale of a Time” will be sent to subscribers this month! If you’d like to receive it, subscribe before the end of February. (use the promo code CAROLINA50 to get 50% discount on your first month)

ps: if you’d like to see all three designs I did, check them in my portfolio.

St. Valentine’s Day


Daydreaming by Carolina Buzio

This year I was once more invited by Pinterest to make an animated gif for Valentine’s Day… I think I’ve been daydreaming of desert islands and doing nothing/reading/relaxing under the sun, and I had to get it out of my system ;)

Planes, Trains and Autokinetics

Planes, Trains and Autokinetics by Carolina Buzio


Leigh Tran invited me to participate in a really interesting project organised by her, An Illustrated Mixtape: music to look at, pictures to listen to. Sound inspires art, art inspires text, and the three are connected by one idea, a theme, a story, a moment that comes from a mixtape left for interpretation and a few lines hinting at a story. The final result is a sort of syneasthesia, where only the combination of the three parts will give you the full picture.

To listen to the songs and read the poem, go here.


Exhibition in Brooklyn


Awesome people in Brooklyn! You have until the 6th of February to check out a really nice exhibition/shop full of artwork in all sorts of formats and mediums. I have four pieces for sale there (can you spot them in the picture?).

About Glamour + AG Gallery
107-A North 3rd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249

Let me know if you go there, I’d love to know your thoughts about it. :)

My (very late) New Year’s resolutions

Warning: long post ahead!

Last year I gave little thought to the New Year’s resolutions, but this year I was a bit low and had to take the extra time to think and get excited about the new year that is just starting.

But first, shall we see how last year’s resolutions went?

1- Open an online shop – Check!

2- Redo and update my website – Kind of check (I end up neglecting my portfolio for the second half of the year)

3- Draw more and paint more with traditional materials (and not just digital) – Went well… in the first month. Then I somehow managed to avoid it and then feel guilty the whole year.

4- Stop biting my nails (as usual…) – I’m proud to say I reduced this habit to 10%! (being that 10% my pinkie finger from the left hand…) Since it’s now back at 50%, I’ll have to keep this one as well.


So besides 3 and 4 (who will have to be on the list again this year), what else shall I add for 2015?

1- Have more self-confidence. This will be a tricky one and nothing I can somehow just “do” and get it off my list quickly. The reason for this one to be here is that I feel it’s the number one thing stopping me from going further in terms of work. There’s always that “voice” saying “Perhaps I need one more year before I’m at the level of quality I want to be before I contact this client…” or before I do this or that, usually involving contacting someone and promoting my services as a professional illustrator and animator.

This is what will really take me from “surviving” out of a career in illustration to actually “live” from it.

2- Finish some… or at least one, let’s be realistic here… unfinished project.  I have a tendency to say yes to everything, but this year I want to save some time to tackle projects that have been left behind and are consuming me with guilt and frustration. There are 3 big ones, so I’ll have to choose one and dedicate some real time to it every week.

3- Make some animated loops, just for myself. I suspect I’m running into trouble here (considering I just wrote point 2), but I’d really love to take some time every week to practice animation while allying it to my illustration style.

4- Add some editorial illustrations to my portfolio (I’m really pushing my time here… this list is getting way too long for all the hours of work I can take for personal projects during the year!). I’m afraid of being stuck as “the illustrator who draws cute characters”, so I’d like to have some more mature illustrations in my portfolio.

5- Travel somewhere exotic (by this I mean out of Europe). I’ve been itching to do this… and seems like it will happen soon!

Uff, that seems to be it. And what are your new year’s resolutions?