This week I don't have much to share. I was still recovering and also trying to get back to normal life and work. So I guess it will be all about books.
|I finally got in the mail two books that I've order on the end of December. Wind in the Willows it's a children's classic that I wasn't aware that were a book. I remember to see the TV movie (and maybe also the TV series) and love it. This is funny because looking back most of the cartoons and TV shows that I liked a lot were mostly English (British) and occasional Canadian/French, and I know that it still influences me as illustrator, I'm looking forward to read the book and re-watch the tv movie and series.|
|I'm collecting Classics that I don't have at home. And when it's possible I choose the Penguin editions. I was looking for this book since I read 1984. Now I can finally read it.|
|I'm currently reading these two books (among others). Both written by kick-ass female writers that are reference in the fantasy/horror genre. Since I found out that Interview with the vampire was a book series that I've been hunting the books down. Last year I bought many books of this series and now I'm starting them. I'm trying to read classics, not just novels and romances but also the pillars of today's fantasy. Of course Frankenstein had to be one of the books.|
|monday night drawing session with loads of watercolours experiments! (check my drawing blog to see the other drawings).|
Usually I try to space out the photos during the week, but this week, most of them are just from the beginning of the week because I was down and sick for the most part of it!
|on thursday I had a meeting and also went grocery shopping. the best part? I purchased some local sweets (very yummy sweet bean pastries)|
|It also arrived in the mail these cute illustrations by Inês Barros a fellow illustrator also from Portugal ❤|
|Also in the mail... At last I have my first Pantone!!! ❤ ❤|
|In the days I wasn't capable of doing much (more about here) I read. Recently I wrote that I wanted to read a few authors in 2016. One of them was Thomas Harris. I started to read Hannibal (the 3rd book about Hannibal Lecter) and loved it! Also in the day I finish it I had a few nightmares about it... but I blame it on being sick and not being able to sleep well. I also started Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice in the following day (which also made have so nightmares... damm you nightmares! or damm you sickness!). And that's why over the weekend I only read romances to clear my head. More about my reading in the books read in January!|
Probably I won't get to all of these authors during this year, but at least I would like to try.
Have you read anything from these authors? What do you recommend?
James Patterson (with Maxine Paetro)
Have you read anything from these authors? What do you recommend?
|When I purchased some new boots I reserved these ones too. (my number wasn't available at the time). These are for sure the most comfortable boots/shoes I own and since I got I barely used others.|
|I'm a little late on the drawing challenge, but still doing it! I'm excited with new projects that are coming my way, where I will need to draw a lot. I'm also considering to change and improve Nuts for Paper products - so a lot of new drawings are coming my way.|
|About owls... these we're created back in December. It's time to do some proper photos and share them!|
|Last week I've received The Art of The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien and this week I got The Art of The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. I'm so excited to proper read them! I've already sneaked in and the art is so amazing!|
|I had a few meetings and appointments outside of the studio and I miss the studio... a lot|
|I started (and finished) this book. It was a page-turner. I was so into the story and the characters that I jumped into the second one in the series (you can see all the books I have in the series here)|
|The making of 2016 softcover planners. Yes, I'm still making planners.|
|and cutting and separating the inside of the planners.|
|One of the best things that arrived in the mail! I am so excited for this book! ❤ (oh and the illustrations are so awesome!)|
|One day of this week I had one of the oddest dreams. I dream that I had squirrels living in the studio backyard. When I woke I really wished it was true.|
|This was probably the only thing that I purchased in sales season. Two awesome beanies. (and I don't even care that they came from the men section of ASOS).|
I've been eyeing these series for awhile. Although I'm not the biggest fan of the TV show (mainly the actresses who have the main roles) I really enjoy Crime and Detectives books.
You might know the tv show - Rizzoli and Isles. These book series are the original thing.
These are short books, easy and quick to read.
All these books are in softcover format (note to self to one of these days to write why I like these sort of book format), from the Bantam Press and where bought in second hand.*
I'm quite pleased with these covers, usually crime books have more heavy looking covers, but these ones are white and minimalistic. It's not very noticeable in the photos but the letters are of metalic tone (which I usually don't like very much) but work very well in this minimalistic design.
Rizzoli and Isles Book Series
1 - The Surgeon
2 - The Apprentice
3 - The Sinner
4 - Body Double
5 - Vanish
6 - The Mephisto Club
* the only book that is little bit more damaged and dirty is The Apprentice. It's also the only one that looks that is from other edition, because the typography is very different from the other books. It's my less favourite cover of these.
|optimistic start of the week with loads of programmed things|
created a new illustration with some of my favourite colours
packed and shipped a bunch of orders - and also had a meeting about designing a logo
organized Nuts for Paper pins/badges and magnetics. I'm loving creating these. I also need to remind myself that I need to take individual photos of them and maybe do some more.
a few of the books that I'm currently reading. I'm loving reading Lovecraft although I feel it's not the kind of book you read very quickly (it's a short stories book but each story is quite dense and full horrific details)
this week arrived to my mail some second hand books. in this case these are a new series for me. (more about soon in the blog)
Books I'm currently reading (that transition from last year) ...
Short Stories books
It's an Anthology of Christmas Portuguese Stories. I've read a few already and I'm enjoying it a lot. Most of these short stories are so rich in descriptions that I just want to draw them!
Os melhores contos de H.P. Lovecraft, vol. 1 by H.P. Lovecraft
3) A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O'Connor (ebook)
Flannery O'Connor short stories are amazing, and never end they you think they might. To me they talk about human behaviour and also show how people lived in the US (so far the ones I've read more in the rural area).
1) Rapture in Death (In Death Series #4) by J.D. Robb (audiobook)
J. D. Robb is a pseudonym for my favourite romance novels writer Nora Roberts. It's a very interesting series set in the future. The main character is Detective Eve Dallas. The books are about her cases but also her personal life. I'm enjoying these books in the audiobook version.
2) The Killing by David Hewson
Yes, I'm still talking about this book. This book is huge (800 pages), and I know a big part of the story (because of the american TV show, although this book is written inspired in the Danish screenplay/TV show original version ). In February it will make a year that I'm reading this book. The written is not hard to read, you accompanied the daily investigation of a murder. But it's so information packed that one day seams a lot more time!
Fantasy & Horror
1) Horns by Joe Hill (ebook)
I read half of this book and then stopped and never reach it again. I might try to listen to the audiobook.
2) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
At last I'm reading some classics! I have this thing for reading the originals. And there so many things about Frankenstein in so many other works of fiction that I thought it was time for me to read the original thing. I've read before some short stories by Mary Shelley and I liked her style. However this time I'm trying it in english.
1) How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
This book was actually started a few days ago. The first chapters were fun. Let's see how the rest goes.
Comics & Graphic Novels
1) From Hell by Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell (illustrator), Pete Mullins (illustrator) (ebook)
Alan Moore comics are always very dense and well build. This one is about Jack the Ripper. I wasn't expecting it to be so awesome has it is. But it's so dense that I have to go slow so I don't miss on the details.