Unique illustrations by Elena Blanco

London, United Kingdom · 562 Sales


Unique illustrations by Elena Blanco

London, United Kingdom 562 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Inspired by life, stories and dreams, I create: customised illustrations, original artwork, contemporary prints and art downloads. Dreamy Me is me.


Last updated on Jan 2, 2017

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Inspired by life, stories and dreams, I create: customised illustrations, original artwork, contemporary prints and art downloads. Dreamy Me is me.

Elena Blanco

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Elena Blanco

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I love architectural drawings. That's how it all began for me. I studied architecture in Barcelona and learnt to draw at uni. Now I enjoy playing with our perception of space in my drawings.
New poem illustration commission I'm working on right now. For more of my poem illustrations look up at the commissioned work section in my shop.
From my sketch series Sleepers. For sneak peeks in my journals follow me on Instagram or Facebook @dreamymeisme
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Being a child for ever

++++ What I do ++++
I do drawing and illustration of everything and anything. I do patterns, flowers, people, cities, animals, abstract, landscapes... My sources of inspirarion are infinitely varied. I like to explore every subject and every medium. I find lots of joy in art.

++++What I sell on Etsy++++
On my Etsy shop, I sell giclée prints, art printables and customised illustrations. Custom illustrations are my most popular article. People ask me to illustrate something for them. This is an interesting challenge. I try to avoid cliches and keep a sense of exploration. I like to add something unexpected to the brief -my very own interpretation of the stories my clients share with me. Drawings and illustrations have been a great source of joy to me and through my creations I would like to give the same to others.

++++ How it all started ++++
I studied architecture in Barcelona. I loved the creative part of my studies but I didn’t enjoy working in an office so much. Nevertheless I worked in architecture for years until I had my children. Then I rediscovered the wonders of childhood and wanted never to forget them again.
I was fascinated by children's books and gave up my career determined to become a children's book illustrator. I started by creating a few of my own picture books but unfortunately none of the publishers I approached were interested in them. Desperate to find a way to sutain my art practice, I asked people for advice. A friend suggested I tried Etsy. With prints from those early books I opened my shop in 2011.
For years, my business grew very slowly. I had to do day jobs and knew nothing about selling. People said they loved my prints but sales kept very low.
Through my regular practice, my subjects grew into lots of things and bit by bit my style started to be recognised and appreciated. Etsy has been a place of amazing learning and development.
My business' breakthrough was discovering people liked my customised illustrations. This happened quite accidentaly but custom illustrations are now my most popular product. I feel very lucky to be able to work with people's stories to produce art for them. This opportunity has helped me develop my art in many new directions.

+++ How I create +++
When I work on something new, I start with lots of doodling. Letting myself play and enjoy my painting. Sometimes I do watercolour, gouache or ink washes over lots of sheets of paper. From each one something different will develop. I get into a bit of a creative trance and lots of ideas come in to guide my work. These ideas are based on my sketch book work or on images I've seen somewhere. Sometimes is a technique I want to try, sometimes a combination of colours. Visiting galleries inspires me a lot and after some exhibitions I get very creative.

For my more illustrative/figurative work, I'm always inspired by stories. Stories are everywhere, in books, in films, in what people say...

I work at a messy home studio created in a corner in my living room. When the mess becomes unbearable I start tidying up and unfinished drawings appear that inspire me again. I draw every day, even if it's just a doodle. Drawing keeps me inspired and joyful. I use mainly watercolour, pastel and ink because of their beautiful luminosity.

++For a peek into my daily work follow me on TWITTER, FB and Pinterest @dreamymeisme.
++For news, offers and giveaways sign up to my newsletter here http://eepurl.com/EdJlf
++Products featuring my prints are sold on-line here http://society6.com/ElenaBlanco

Thanks for taking the time to read about me!


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  • Elena Blanco

    Owner, Artist

    Above all, I love literature. My work is inspired by stories, dreams and poetry. That's why Dreamy Me is me.


  • Studio One Frame

    England, United Kingdom

    I've been working with Studio One Frame since 2013. They produce giclée prints of my artwork. The quality of their papers and printing is excellent and working with them is a pleasure! They are located in a converted barn in Essex, England.

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Last updated on Apr 12, 2016
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Please contact me if the print size you are looking for is not listed. Most of my prints are available in lots of different sizes including large posters