24 September 2018

(even though it’s still very hot weather around here!)

During the summer here in Portugal we go to the beach very often. However I also enjoy some quiet days, away from all the sunbathing people, drawing and visiting museums. It was during one of those trips that I decided to take my camera for the first time.

Hope you like it!

PS: this year I will try and publish a drawing for everyday of inktober and so this blog will be very inktober themed for the whole month!

8 July 2018

I never thought of myself as someone who would someday have a blog, yet here I am posting what I hope to be the first of many posts.

Illustration is something I always enjoyed without realizing I could make a career out of it, which was the reason I studied communication design in college. What happened however was that I also fell in love with design, and so began my professional career in the field. It was only recently, thanks to a renewed urge to draw again, that I realized that I didn’t need to abandon one field for another and that, together; they could produce really great results.

As such I decided to create this blog, to serve as a sort of playground for design and illustration, in order to share my experiences with all the kindred spirits who wish to be part of this small adventure.

For all those who don’t know me, I am Raquel Russo, a 24-year-old designer and illustrator, born and living in Portugal. I’m a bit shy but also happy being around people who are dear to me. I love having cozy days with my family and my boyfriend, most especially when it’s winter time. However here in Portugal the sun shines all year around, so more often than not the weather is perfect to go outdoors. I also enjoy camping and hiking, despite not doing it as often as I wish I did, since I crave being in the middle of nature.

When I’m not working, drawing or camping I also dedicate myself to reading quite a bit (even if lately I have not spent as much time as I wish I was on this activity). My favorites are mostly classics, Jane Austen being, without a doubt, my absolute bedside author. I also love the Bronte sisters, Tolstoy, Charles Dickens, Margaret Atwood and a couple more that I’m not remembering right now (I’ll try and make an actual list sometime!).

Thank you very much if you’ve read this far, and I hope to post illustration and design related work very soon!