A little fun fact about me is how I tend to spend my phone credit on LINE stickers or coins...that I end up using to purchase stickers and themes. I have a crap ton of stickers and themes, making them one of the two reasons why I run out of phone credit pretty quickly, the other reason being internet subscription. Out of all the stickers I have owned, one of my favorites is this adorable pink haired girl and her cat called Frannerd which is basically a sticker of Fran Meneses, the illustrator herself.
Fran Meneses, or Frannerd, is a UK-based Chilean illustrator whose style reminds me of something that comes out from one of Roald Dahl's books. It reminds me of Peter Rabbit, another children's book that I grew up reading and loving for its illustration style. A lover of pastel colors, Frannerd's illustration feels light, is simple and minimalistic but never boring. Not only does she illustrate all "lovey dovey" stuff, she basically takes everything and anything into illustrations! From everyday itsy-bitsy things such as doing laundry to monthly favorites, she turns them all into illustration and if that's not adorable then I don't know what is.
Style wise, they reflect a lot from old, classic cartoons. In a video where she talked about how she developed and came up with her own illustration style, she discussed about how she was inspired by a lot of things, from anime to classic black and white Disney to Klasky-Csupo Nickelodeon cartoons such as The Wild Thornberrys and Hey Arnold. It's fascinating when an illustrator discovers his or her own style because as much as I want to draw, I'm not that great when it comes to drawing. If anything, I don't have a signature style and I draw (or doodle, if you must) a lot of disproportional characters with wide eyes and intense "sleep deprived" puffy eyes followed by skinny, tall arms and legs simply because I am in love with Tim Burton's Corpse Bride.
If you're an aspiring illustrator who's still struggling to find your own style, I recommend watching the video and check out Frannerd's YouTube channel for more illustration-related videos. Side note, she also does a lot of watercolor art and I loooooove watercolor art.
Now, putting the whole blabbering aside, let me share with you some of my favorite Frannerd artworks...
Other than a YouTube channel, Fran also has a blog and is pretty active on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. You can also check her portfolio here and her Etsy shop which is temporarily closed because she's currently working on a book. Oh and of course, don't forget to check her adorable LINE sticker set!
all artworks via fran's instagram
Have you ever heard of Frannerd before? What do you think of her art?