25 December 2013

Happy Holidays!

Καλες Γιορτές!   Happy Holidays!Felices Fiestas!Joyeuses Fêtes! 

5 December 2013

My illustration bookmarks!

I have a new blog! 
And it's all about illustration!
It's called illustration bookmarks and it's a blog full of amazing illustrations from artists around the world! 
I'm really-really excited about this blog. You can check my first post here!
You can also participate! If you have a favourite illustrator that you would like to share just drop me an email!



20 November 2013

I love portraits!

Especially when I'm working on a friend's portrait! I will show you the final soon! Update! Done! Here is Dimitri's portrait!
Update No 2! My bearded friend is also my illustration Friday submission (June 28)!



WIP

25 October 2013

Meow and his cat!

This one is from a series of illustrations that I have just started working on!
For now, this lovely young man can be found here!!!


20 October 2013

My shutterstock portfolio



A few months ago I realized that I had a really good number of personal illustrations 
(like the one in this post) as well as some old or rejected images that I was not using any more. 
So I made this portfolio to bring these images back into the light! 
I think having your work available for sale on microstock sites (like shutterstock, fotolia etc) 
is a good idea, in spite of the fact that these sites don't pay as much as I think they should.
You still get to expose your work to (more) potential customers, motivates you to practice 
more (so you can upload more images), show you unique art style, and maybe, if you 
are lucky (like Alex MathersGoogle will hire you!!!


14 October 2013

My book! A sneak peek!

I know I've told you before but I have to say it once more!
My book is officially released! ^_^
A children's coloring and activity book!
56 pages, 24 letters (the greek alphabet), over 60 illustrations!!!
Price: € 2,70 (USD 3.67). You can find it here!

19 September 2013

African mom



I always loved mother-child illustrations, so I've decided to add some to my portfolio.
This one is new. 
You can find it here!

17 September 2013

Ζωγραφίζω, παίζω και μαθαίνω την αλφαβήτα / I paint, I play and I 'm learning the alphabet

Το φθινόπωρο του 2011, δύο χρόνια πριν, είχα μια ιδέα για ένα βιβλίο δραστηριοτήτων. 
Ηθελα ένα βιβλίο με πολλές λέξεις και πλούσιο σε εικόνες. 
Ενα βιβλίο που να μπορεί να το χαρεί ένα παιδάκι μόνο του 
αλλά να μπορεί να του το διαβάσει ευχάριστα ο γονίος. 
Που να είναι απλό και καλοσχεδιασμένο χωρίς όμως να είναι ακριβό! 
Που να έχει εναν εκπαιδευτικό σκοπό. Ενα βιβλίο που θα ήθελα να έχω 
και να το βλέπω μαζί με τα πιτσιρίκια μου! 
Eνα βιβλίο που δεν μπορούσα να το βρω πουθενά!
Κάπως έτσι ξεκίνησα να το οργανώνω και σιγά-σιγά να το εικονογραφώ 
και να το σχεδιάζω. Κάποιοι από τους στενούς μου φίλους το είδαν 
και με βοήθησαν με τη γνώμη τους...

Το πρώτο μου βιβλίο, "Ζωγραφίζω, παίζω και μαθαίνω την αλφαβήτα"
κυκλοφορεί από σήμερα από τις εκδόσεις Πατάκη!
Είναι ένα παιδικό βιβλίο δραστηριοτήτων, 56 σελίδων για παιδιά προσχολικής ηλικίας (4+).
Πρόκειται για ένα αλφαβητάρι που σκοπός του είναι να βοηθήσει 
τα παιδιά να εξοικειωθούν με την αναγνώριση των γραμμάτων, 
να χρωματίσουν σε οργανωμένο χώρο, να παίξουν με τα γράμματα 
και τις εικόνες και τελικά να έχουν μια δημιουργική πρώτη επαφή 
με τα γράμματα της ελληνικής γλώσσας.
υ.γ. ενα αντίτυπο-δωράκι σύντομα!

Almost 2 years ago, in the autumn of 2011 I had an idea for an activity book.
I was looking for a book with lots of words and images. 
A book that a kid and a parent would enjoy discovering and reading. 
A simple and well designed book but without being expensive! 
Αn educational book.
A book that I would love to have and read it along with my kids! 
A book that I couln't find anywhere!
So I started planning it and soon after illustrating and designing it. 
Some of my closest friends gave me their opinion and comments about the book...
 My first book, "I paint, I play and I am learning the alphabet",  
just got published today by Patakis Publications56 pages activity book, 
for preschool children (4 +). It's an alphabet book whose aim is 
to help children learn the forms of the greek letters, while painting 
in a designated area, playing with the alphabet and pictures and finally 
have a creative first contact with the letters of the Greek language.
p.s. a giveaway really soon!
You can find it here!

12 September 2013

What to draw... (second part)

There are times that your mind is full of ideas and images. 
Even more there are times that seeing some pictures makes you think "
Oh, drawing something like that would be really cool!"
Well, at times like that drawing seems like so easy to do! 
But what happens when your mind is empty like the Nutella jar in my kitchen's shelves.... 
and you keep wondering and wondering what to draw! 
























Maybe you can have a look at this instant inspiration board that I've created 
on pinterest and see some images that may unlock your creativity! 
I've created the board a couple of days ago so I will be adding more images, soon.

Hope you will find this board really useful and ad it to your bookmarks! ^_^



p.s. Of course you can always check this list from Pikaland!


1 September 2013

Sleep...

and dream of something nice! I had some very  bad news a couple of days ago, about an old friend.
I don't usually draw sad images. So this is an image from a dream!


17 August 2013

10 August 2013

Design4paws

Design 4 Paws is a (brand new) design studio who really-really loves our four legged furry friends and wants to contribute to their well being. My friend, Nathalie Koukouli, (a cat person, indeed) is the owner and Head Designer of the studio!  I have to mention that all the designs and accessories are handmade with love and care with specially selected components. And of course you can also find some wonderful gifts for yourself!











5 August 2013

çizgili masallar / striped fairy tales / rige paramithia

Do yo love Children's Book Illustration?
Do you love Fairy Tales and Folk Tales?
If you do you will LOVE this amazing blog!
And do not forget to check and like çizgili masallar's facebook page!
Oh! And you can thank me later ^__^

These are only some of the wonderful images you will find in this blog:

rainy day by James Davies

Swedish Folk Tales by John Bauer

By Anna Kapustenko

26 July 2013

One more Frida, please...



This is my third illustrated portrait of (my favorite artist) Frida. 
I really hope you love it! ;) 
Available here!

16 July 2013

Trinquétte's weekly challenges

This is m submission for Trinquétte's weekly challenge, (July 6).You can see all the amazing submissions for this week's challenge, here! 

14 July 2013

Old to new!

Last week I was checking some of my old sketchbooks. 
And I found a couple of old cute sketches waiting to get some color! 
So here they are! From old to new and from hand drawn to vector!
Available on my shutterstock page.



17 June 2013

Love thoughts..

This art print was my submission for the LoveIsLikeO2 festival.
It's also a gift to a follower of my facebook page! ^_^


31 May 2013

Into the sea

I'm working on a series of illustrations on the same (summer) theme!
This is the first one!
Available as an art print from my society6 shop!
Just follow this link:
http://society6.com/ReniaMetallinou/into-the-sea-OsX_Print

ps: my three girls made it in the front page of society6!
yeah!






10 May 2013

Happy Mother's Day

Inspired by a family photo, this art print for Mother's Day
is available for purchase here!


20 April 2013

Featured on Illustration Served!


(Here is the email I've got this morning: Hello Renia, Congratulations! One of your projects was just featured on illustrationserved.com and will appear on its front page.)


Yeah!!!

You can see my featured work here!


18 April 2013

From hand drawn...

to vector...
The first one is available for purchase here!
The second will be available as a stock illustration really soon!
Which one do you prefer???

24 March 2013

i bake your pardon...

What happens when you combine cupcakes and illustration?

I bake your pardon is an amazing blog about homemade cupcakes, birthday cakes (and others sweet dreams), and in case you see something you just cannot resist, Danae will bake it for you!!!
You can also read some interesting articles and interviews (mine included ^__^, thank you Danae).
So, what happens when you combine cupcakes and illustration???
Well, here's the result!


We also made it on society6's front page! ^__^
You can purchase here


22 March 2013

Hocus Pocus



Here is an new collaboration! 
You can now find some of my artwork for iphone cases
just by visiting HocusPocus!


15 March 2013

Annie Hall

A writer reminded me of this movie (we had to do a research for her book's characters)! I think Woody Allen's "Annie Hall" is one of the most iconic and stylish films of all time! There is no fashionista that would not love to have her (boyish) wardrobe! And the thing about me is that I love to illustrate what I love to look at! So I made this :)

9 March 2013

Books make you bright...

They really do!!!

Books also make you better! I think we all agree to that! You can discover the benefits of reading in this awesome post by Glen Stansberry (on www.lifedev.net). And of course here is a new illustration (books make you bright) available from my society6 shop!


12 February 2013

Throw a pillow!



I finally have a nice colorful collection of pillows, now available through my Society6 shop.
Also suitable for pillow fights!!! :))) Yeah!!!