It feels nice when you can have a project where everything is up to you: text, storyboard, character design and animation… but it feels even better when it is for a good cause.
Guinea-Bissau is a Portuguese ex-colony, and its GDP per capita is one of the lowest in the world. Its Human Development Index is just as bad. More than two-thirds of the population lives below the poverty line… so it’s not surprising that most girls there do not have a proper access to education: most of the times (72% of the times!) they cannot even go to school since they are supposed to help their parents at home (or husband, since 37% of them get married before the age of 18).
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.