• Illustration

    Cover Illustration – Jane Austen inspired

    Recently I have been reading a lot of Jane Austen again. I am reading at least 2 or 3 Books of her a year. And over and over again for the last 20 years now. I can’t tell you exactly why, but these books make me incredibly happy. So I figured I’d make an illustration for Sense and Sensibility. On the cover are Marianne and Elinor Dashwood. But in a modern version and not historically accurate. It is illustrated in Aquarell and ink. The meaning behind the hearts is the following. Marianne Dashwood (center front) is holding her heart in her hands. Which is quite literally the way she is.…

  • Blog,  Knitting

    The Leaf Sweater – Pattern by The Knit Stitch

    As many of you might know, I am knitting quite a lot for my kids. It only occurred to me, when autumn arrived, that I don’t have a warm sweater in my closet that wasn’t worn out. I rarely buy new clothes and when I do they are second hand. And then I thought, why not knit something for myself? Knitting and sewing my own wardrobe seems so amazing, because you can choose whatever you want and like. I own quite a few knitting books, but mostly children patterns. So I went online in search of patterns. There are a few websites out there that provide free patterns like Drops…

  • Blog,  weekly update,  Writing

    Exciting news – Update on becoming an author

    Hello Lovleys! I have some good news! As you all might remember, I have been busy writing my first novel for a few month now. And I have sent my draft to some agencies for a review. I was very lucky to get a reply and an in depth review of what I have been writing. And I was crying my eyes out reading the answer. Not because it was bad, but because I was praised! And I was advised to build up my writing skills and work on sharpening my story. And to not stop writing because I have potential. It was the first time hearing that my dream…

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    Autumn is here – weekly update

    Autumn has arrived, my favorite season. There is nothing more soothing, than rainy weather, working and having a coffee. Last week, I had time to illustrate. I worked with ink and aquarelle colors. And after not drawing for almost 4 month it felt a little bit rusty. My hands are shaky and it shows in the line art. So I have to work on a lot to get better. I also have to try out different papers and inks or maybe even colored liners. So I will be heading to the craft supply store soon. But first I have to do some research and try more combinations. On behalf of…

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    End of an Era – Sort of

    Hello fellow Art People, I am back. Well, I will be back in mid October. I am currently in a state of planning all I have to get done, do go fully back to work. Its been over 5 years since I worked full time in illustration and art. So it will be an interesting start. But I am excited to get back to work. I have already modified my workspace. The tiny table is gone and now I have a large desk. My art supplies are all sorted and ready for use. An new art series is planned. My novel is currently reviewed by agencies and I am waiting…

  • Art Talk,  Blog

    Coloring with Polychromos – Art Talk

    I recently mentioned that I want to challenge myself with coloring an illustration with only one Art supply. Wether it be, Acryl, Aquarelle or colored pencils. Since I love drawing on paper with little texture, and love the control of using pens, I chose colored pencils. Faber Castells Polychromos to be exact. My first experience with those pencils weren’t the best. Not because of the pencils themselves, but I was „forced“ to buy them. When I was in School for sculptors all of us students had to buy the Faber Castell Polychromos for the Anatomy lessons. We were all mad about it, because the colored pencils were quite expensive and…

  • Blog,  Illustration,  weekly update

    Weekly Update – Criticizing my own work

    This week I finished the Artwork for the last Unicorn based on the novel by Peter S. Beagle. I am mostly happy with the result, but I am also my biggest critic. So I thought, I would share my own opinion on my work with you all. First things first, I loved the finished sketch. But one of my biggest nemesis is coloring. I worked for a long time mostly in black and white. I personally would not dare to use bright colors at all. As a result, the color choices I made are all quite deluded. (except for the red bull of course) It’s is not bad but I…

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    Finding your coloring technique – Art Talk

    When I started being interested in art in general, it was kind of an unspoken rule to stick to only one technique within an artwork. Wether its aquarelle, pastel or acrylic. I can’t even remember where it did came from but it just seemed to be the classic rule of ancient artists way back when. So I started of as one influenced by the classic artists. If i used aquarelle, I only used aquarelle, trying to achieve certain looks. But I was never really happy with the result. When I tried acrylics, I started missing the lightness that aquarelle had. When I painted with colored pencils, I missed the opaqueness…

  • behind the scenes,  Illustration,  weekly update

    Coloring „The last unicorn“ – Weekly update

    This week, I started coloring my previous sketch. The process is going slow and by Sunday I had half of the illustration colored. Hopefully I can finish the illustration this week. I feel like coloring is the hardest part of illustrating because I am super careful with this step. I very happy how the red bull turned out, also Kind Haggard. But Mammy Fortuna is giving me a hard time. I love the color palette but I also think she definitely needs more contrast. I hope the overall coloration will work out the way I want it to be. This is probably the hardest part. I maybe even put a…

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    The Last Unicorn Artwork – Weekly Update

    Last week, I made a Characterdesign of Schmedrick the magician from the Novel „The Last Unicorn“ by Peter S.Beagle. This week, I wanted to create a complete Artwork of all the main characters in the Novel. The reason was my eldest daughter, she wanted to know what the others looked like, because I am currently reading this book to her. So I thought a collage of all of them would be cool. I was able to document the whole progress of sketching and drawing the final lines on my IGTV Channel. If you’d like to watch the progress, feel free to watch it on my instagram. (monia.baillieu) The highlights of…

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