Design diary

Brr, yes it is really cold outside! We designers love the snow and the beautiful winter days, but mostly watching from inside with a warm cup of tea :D We sometimes go out and take a hike as well, but of course not as much as in spring or summer.At least winter is inspiring - when you are an illustrator, everything is, really. So I started to work on a winter themed nature design with snowy forests and mountains and deers.   As always, I started with collecting visual inspiration.Note the colors: very subtle and light color set, a bit foggy...

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People love to ask what is our story.Well, in a nutshell we are a couple, we are both designers, we love to live together and work together. We draw and cook, inspire and chase our dreams. Want to know even more about us? Read the following interview Hype and Hyper made with us in 2018.  HOW DID YOU MEET?Erika: It was six years ago in August that we met at Pixelbistro, an informal event organized by graphic designers for graphic designers only. I was halfway out of my previous relationship than, so I wasn't looking at him with much attention...

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Inspiration comes in many forms and shapes. A few days ago I had a dream, that I am a jaguar, crawling in a lush jungle, between exotic flowers and giant leaves. I really felt it, and the next day I started to sketch.  I wanted to combine the heart shape with the jungle flora. And I mean not the heart shape we all know from cards and text messages, I imagined the roots and branches to form a anatomically correct human heart. So first I was looking up some references for both the heart and for the plants of the...

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Hey, here is our latest design: Squirrel forest! And here is how I made it :)   As always, I started the design process by creating a mood board. This means I was collecting images and colors to get the look and feel of the pattern I want to create. Squirrels are cute little creatures for sure, but apart from that I wanted this design to have an autumn feel to it, so I was looking for reds, oranges, yellows and browns in the photos.  Than I drew the initial sketches on paper as always. This is the easiest way to...

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In 2009 illustrator Jake Parker started the Inktober initiative: he challenged himself to draw 31 drawings in 31 days. On paper with ink. Now this might not seem a big deal, but believe me, drawing constantly, coming up with new ideas every day for a month can be a real challenge.  With Erika we first  took part in Inktober in 2014. We loved the pressure of drawing every day. For us -and any other modern 21st century graphic designer - it is also thrilling, because you HAVE TO draw with ink. This means you can not use the computer, you...

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