Friday, February 20, 2015

Watch me draw: a new silk scarf design



Hello Friday!

To end the week with something fun, I'd like to share my first ever drawing video. I'm working on creating new silk scarf designs, and this is one of them! A scarf full of gorgeous jewelry, ribbons, and lots of tiny details. With the help of time lapse I was able to cram 1 hour of drawing into 5 minutes.

Hope you enjoy the video!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

EmmaKisstina.com New Look


Hello Wednesday!

I've been toying with giving my website a cleaner fresher more sophisticated look for awhile now and I finally took a few steps to achieve this. Even though I work at lot with composition and color with my illustrations I struggle to figure out a concrete graphic profile for EmmaKisstina. Graphic design just doesn't come naturally to me strangely. Every time I update my website etc I feel as though I get one step closer to how I'd like everything to look, but it's only ever almost there. Hopefully one day I'll figure this all out, but for now it's kind of fun to test things out slowly. (No not really, this bugs me to no end. Ha!)

What do you think of the new look? I've added a fun slideshow with new product announcements on the front page, made the background a gorgeous pale ballet pink, and have made texts smaller and easier to read. I've also removed a lot of unnecessary information.

My branding and website will always be a work in progress so there are plenty of things I'd like to add or change... but this shall have to do for right now. Next step I'd like to take even more inspirational photos of my new products to show off. I've also be toying with adding my own web shop to my site. This is going to take tons of work so for now I'm still very very very pleased with my Etsy shop.


Monday, February 9, 2015

Pillow and Acrylic Tray Sneak Peek Video



Hello Monday!

I bet you're all very interested in learning more and seeing a closer look at my upcoming pillow and acrylic trays collections (right?!). You're in luck! Today I have another silly YouTube video for you take a look at. Hooray!

Hope you love the collections! Let me know what you think and if you have any questions, and of course feel free to visit my website to view my catalog and learn more about my current products.

Have a great week!



Monday, February 2, 2015

A Quick Q&A


Hello Monday!

I got nominated to answer a few questions by the lovely Uli of blog Found Some Paper. Pretty neato huh? I never get nominated for anything and I'm always so shocked and tickled that people enjoy my blog especially since I neglect it so very often. I strangely really really enjoy answering questions so I was flattered to have been picked to answer these. I love interviews and question answer posts because I really have to think about myself and I usually learn something new about myself which is neat too!)

What is your favourite blog and why?
I follow about one million blogs so it's really difficult to pick out a favorite but I really really enjoy A Beautiful Mess because their posts are so perfectly executed, The B Bar blog for all of the amazing free advice and health food blog My New Roots for gorgeous and informative recipes.

Which famous person would you choose to be friends with?
Emma Stone seems like such a goof and would make such a fun friend.

How much do you sleep?

I adore sleeping, and I'm really good at it too, especially in freshly cleaned sheets. I like to get a solid 8 or 9 hours a night. I usually got to bed around 11:30 and get up at 8:30.

What is your best blog post of all time?

I have no idea! I think the majority of my blog posts are very quick and simple so nothing really stands out. But I am very proud of my Blogger What's in my Bag series though, and really miss creating these illustrations every month. I hope to start the series again soon!

If you describe yourself in one word what would it be?

Silly.

Describe your greatest creative day. Where would you go / what would you do?

It doesn't take much to make me feel really inspired but I especially love to go for a long walk. I adore just walking around Stockholm with my boyfriend talking about ideas and plans and passing lots of stores and restaurants. There is always something new to take a look at and be inspired by.

Is there an artist you can’t forget?

I love the work of Betsy Walton. Her works are very dark and strange but use very bright and happy colors. I own two of her prints and love looking at all of the small details.

Link to the best recipe you have found on the Internet. Why is it so good?

Crack Slurp may be the funniest name for a recipe ever. I must confess that I haven't made this yet but I really want to because it looks amazing.

If your personality is a logo what would it look like?

The logo would be simple and colorful with some sort of pretty calligraphic font.

What was the best present you ever made someone?

I didn't actually make this present with my two hands but its definitely the best present I've (and my sister) have ever given. For my mother's 65th birthday my sister and I had our old family videos from the 90's turned into digital DVDs. Since the videos were taped on special mini tapes you had to use the old camera to play them through the TV, and it's was getting really tired. It would have been a shame to just let the tapes get destroyed by time so I'm so glad we finally converted them. 

Thanks so much Uli for asking me to answer these questions, hope you find reading my answers fun!