After Surtex is before Surtex – or: how to keep making portfolio pieces

Hi there! Today it's me, Nataša Kaiser, writing about getting back to the creative habits after the big Surtex adventure. Finally the dust has settled and things are getting back to normal. The weeks before Surtex of course were fully packed with planning and preparation. We tried to be equiped as good as possible and to provide for all contingencies. Making art was badly neglected as well as terribly missed.

So, finally back in the studio and at the drawing table and after all the follow-up-work I'm happy to be drawing again and to be working on creative projects. I started with some doodeling and idea sketching for the children's book portion of my portfolio:

This image started out as a doodle on the iPad and playing around in the Procreate App. Later I turned the Book Titel into a Birthday Card with only a few changes.

This image started out as a doodle on the iPad and playing around in the Procreate App. Later I turned the Book Titel into a Birthday Card with only a few changes.

And beside of that the Finch&Foxglove collective decided to do an (almost) weekly drawing project. It is my task to pick the topics and announce them in our team calendar, so each of us is aware of the topic and gets the chance to participate and contribute. On fridays the illustrations are then uploaded to social media (Instagram, FB and Twitter) with the #foliofriday. If you're curious what we're making: watch out for it!

Considering ideas and theme-inspiration we received some helpful wishlists from clients at Surtex. There's always a big need for the usual subjects like "holiday" (christmas, easter,…), "birthday", "wedding", "babyshower" and so on and so forth. But some clients have really specific wishes on their lists and some subjects were totally new to me. For example: I had no idea (and I beg your pardon if this seems ignorant) what a "Saltbox" might be – I'm not from the U.S., so I had to look that one up. I learned, that "Saltboxes" are small houses/barns with a certain shape – and they make good motifs for gardenflags and doormats!

Further we can design greeting cards for every single relitive there is on earth, as well as for all live events and occassions, that don't come to mind in first place when thinking about greeting cards (e.g. "Quinceañera, "Boss's Day" or "Christmas From Pet"). We're looking forward to filling up our portfolios with fun stuff and we would love it if you keep an eye on our #foliofriday!

Something we all care about is some good food (and some finches even like to cook!). So we decided to make a recipe illustration every four weeks. We started out with the first course last friday, which was an appetizer. You can find our food and recipe illustrations on www.theydrawandtheycook.com

Looking for a something delicious with a little summer vibe I found inspiration in this Goat Cheese and Mango Quesadillas recipe:

Thanks for stopping by!