New Year Resolutions visualized

New Year – New focus

New year, new focus, well at least some is new. I have discovered that going to the gym doesn’t happen no matter if it is a new year resolution or not, so there’s really no reason it should be. Instead I want to focus on health overall. Mental health, health though food and everyday physical movement. I also want to create more art and do things that I love, rather than following trends and assignments only. I have been so stressed in 2018 and I have discovered that the stress doesn’t amount to anything in the end except for headaches and wrinkles around the eyes. 2019 is going to be a year filled with positivity, deep breaths, healthy vegan food and creative adventures. What are your new year resolutions?

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Hello 2019

Hello 2019!

It’s been quiet from my end during 2018. A lot of things has passed, some easy, some hard. It has made me stronger for it. I am so happy and excited for 2019 – a year with so many creative and personal plans and goals ahead. I hope to share much of my creativity here with you and hopefully some personal accomplishments as well. This is my 2019 welcoming illustration. I hope you like it ๐Ÿ™‚

Inktober postposed

I must admit to failing this years inktober challenge. I did do quite a bit more than I uploaded, but I got a rush job and ended up quitting around the 12th. This is the first year I haven’t completed the task and I feel quite sad that it failed, however I am very grateful that I had so work in the month of October. I wanted to share a few of the designs that I never got around to uploading with you. Here are three of the designs did manage to complete during October. I am not a quitter in any way, so I am going to continue designing until I have 31 designs for the 31 inktober days of 2017. It might take me quite a while to get there in-between all my other projects, but they will be shared here eventually ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you are all having a wonderful november thus far!

Inktober 4th – Hummingbird in flight

Going totally away from the typical inktober feel, here is a design made for Spring/ Summer ’19. I love how the yellows and purples compliment one another and if it was ever printed on a card, accents of gold foil would really make it shine.

inktober 4 bird

Here is a pattern derived from the background of the bird illustration. I like the blues, but it needs an accent of some vibrant summer color. Maybe loosely in the flowers or in an offset effect. What do you guys think?

Inktober pattern 4

Thank you for viewing ๐Ÿ™‚

Inktober 3rd – Vintage florals

As promised I am staring away from the typical October feel. For my third inktober I wanted to do something more vintage that would work with textiles, rather than gifting. I absolutely love the blue-green in the leaves right now, so you will probably see more like that soon. Opposed to my regular very clean linework, this is much more expressive and I like how it gives the flowers depth. What do you guys think?

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I can see the pattern working on wallpapers as well.

Inktober pattern 3

Thank you for following my Inktober project. See you tomorrow for a print made for spring of 2018.

INKtober 2

It’s October and I’m really feeling the autumn vibe. I promise it won’t be all fall images – for tomorrow and thursday I have something totally different planned ๐Ÿ˜‰ But for now a pretty pumpkin and a pattern concept to support it. I have always had a soft spot for fall colors, but for the pattern I want to use striking bright colors and black. What do you think?

inktober 2 pumpkin

I am really liking how this pattern turned out. I can’t wait to play around with it in color once I have the time.

Inktober pattern 2

Thank you for following my inktober drawing/ pattern project this year!

Have a pumkilisious day ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s time for Inktober!

It’s that time a year again and I am so excited for Inktober this year. Last year I did small ink and quill illustrations and colored them with watercolors. I loved them and sold quite a few framed originals. This year however, I am doing something different! Change is good, change promotes learning. I will be doing ink pen sketches, making them into patterns and coloring them digitally. It is a bit ambitious I admit, so I only vow to color one part of the pattern during this month and creating the pattern in black and white for concept purposes. I will then take the best ones and color them in at a later time. Plan made, check. Executing it right now ๐Ÿ˜€

inktober 1 mushtoom

Last week I went on a forest walk with my mum and did a bit of inspired forest sketching. This is a little cute mushroom from my trip and below are more of my discoveries.

Inktober pattern 1

Please feel free to comment and give me some honest feedback!

Thank you for reading this far ๐Ÿ™‚ See you tomorrow for Inktober 2!

Tribal zodiac illustrations

Hello everyone!

First update in quite a while! I have been super busy this summer traveling in the U.S. with my mother and partner. I know that’s just an excuse, but I will definitely try to be better at updating more regularly this autumn. These are from a series I have been working on in the spring of 2017. It is the Chinese zodiac signs illustrated in a tribal inspired style. I have hand drawn all of them with traditional pen and ink and then touched them up in adobe illustrator. I am very excited about this series. So far I have completed the rooster, the tiger, the ox and the rabbit.

Thank you for viewing!

Surface Pattern Design

This month I have started the Make it in Design Course – Module 2! It is super exciting, as I am now developing real collections of surface patterns for licensing. This is something that I have been wanting to expand my career into for quite a while and I am very excited to finally get a chance to explore it further!

Here I am sharing my moldboard that I based my sketches and color choices on and below is the collection that I came up with. Let me know what you all think – I would love the feedback ๐Ÿ™‚

Coffee blend collection

March Creativity!

March has been a really busy month for me this year. I went to LA for three weeks on vacation, while taking an online design class and finishing up two client projects.ย March has been so busy that I haven’t had the chance to post much of my work, so I will be playing catch-up a bit in April this year.

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Starting with what is most recent. I had the privilege of attending my very first baby cousins baptism this past weekend. She is so sweetย and I was very excited to make some personal gift for her ย – A pink stroller greeting card and a baby elephant print with her name and birthday on for framing.

I am intending to share a lot more of my work with you in April, but for the time being, you can check out my artist profile on Instagram: @illulinn if you are curious about what I am working on.

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