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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Super Sponsor Giveaway: Mare Lloba

Hi cutiepies!

Let's welcome another great addition to CTN's Super Sponsor family-- Mare Lloba!


Mare Lloba is an illustration brand focused on detailed happiness. Suitable for presents and autopresents. It started out as a little idea who wants to expand and became a real business! :D

Marina of Mare Lloba--located in Barcelona, Spain-- does everything from couple's portraits to custom logo designs (even for facebook or blog banner work). She's all about the intricate details so you can really customize any work to suit your style and personality.


I had the lucky opportunity to work on a custom portrait with Marine from Mare Lloba. She asked me for some pictures of myself and any details I wanted added in. I primarily wanted a simple "headshot" to use for my blog in a simple black or blue t-shirt. The only suggestion I made was to have sunflowers incorporated somewhere at the bottom to match my blog theme and just for kicks since I love sunflowers. Here's how it turned out!

This painting was drawn and digitally painted. You also receive it in a Digital File, high resolution (300dpi), jpg, 8x8 inch. Marina will work with you on any details. She can do printed and intricate styles for your clothes of accessories as well. I kept it simple and just asked for sunflowers. :)

Here are the reference photos I sent her from my phone. I'm not a big selfie person so I really had to dig for any picture of me that was decent. I basically sent her all the pictures I sent to my aunt since she is always asking for updated photos! I think I sent her the exact same three pictures though from different days though... oops. :D


The first thing I was was of course the sunflowers! I wasn't sure how Marina was going to incorporate them but they accented my blue shirt really well. Marina's artistic style really showed in this portrait. All of the examples I have seen of her portrait work have a "side" angle of a person that is different and interesting. Some things I noted about Mare Lloba's style: the big eyes, no eyelashes, and happy grins.

If I had known Marina was going to draw me from the side, I probably would have sent her a side angle picture! LOL. It's pretty difficult painting someone with a front view and translating it to a side view because the proportions of the face changes. But I really enjoyed seeing a different depiction of me through an artist's eyes. It's a more sophisticated and mature depiction of me which surprised me as well. I like the light highlights she added into my hair since it's so long and black. It added a nice contrast the look more layered and real.What do you think? This is my first ever portrait so it was such a cool experience. Does the portrait look like me?

I can't wait to share Mare Lloba's other custom work below.

Wedding Illustration / Custom Couple Portrait / Custom Digital Portrait / Wedding Custom Portraits / custom wedding illustration print
Wedding Illustration
How did your shop get started?
It all started with a printer. The one I had broke so I needed money to buy myself a new one. I discovered Etsy one day and several days later I was all excited on the forums, asking about SEO, getting new ideas for selling, buying frames and making pictures of some paintings I wanted to sell.

Then I started listing Graphic Design items and Custom Portraits. I was really eager to work, and still I am! I’m in the end of my Graphic Arts studies and I studied Illustration too. Etsy for me represents a little step (or not that little, who knows x) into “real life”, business, my work on the Internet as an Illustrator. Even though the shop isn’t a success so far, I’m convinced to make it work, you’ve been warned! : D
(Dana: I'm loving the motivation and positive energy!)

Custom Couple Portrait
What is your favorite product to design/make? 
I like when I get a new custom portrait order to make, they are all different and fun to do. People are always enthusiastic about the final product and so am I. I also love making illustrations on my own, not necessarily to sell. I enjoy traditional painting too (acrylic). I absolutely love painting, so anything where I have freedom to add lots of colours! I don’t enjoy working B&W. (Dana: I love the details to this portrait above from the dreamy position, to the little details of the flowers and the clothes.)

Reading what people tells me about the portraits, how they want their clothes designed, some little details that are important to them… it’s so nice to be part of that. Actually, one of the last commissions I did, was for a family and the father asked me this commission for them. It was a secret present for her wife and he asked me to dress up their girls as Frozen characters Elsa and Anna. The girls were so excited too when they saw the illustration!!! It was very sweet to do that ^^
Family Custom Portrait
Anything special you want to share about your work/products?
Each commission is treated in an unique and special way. I don’t use any patterns or anything. I start from scratch with each one. First I start with a little draft that I sent to the client to see if it fits with his/her ideas. I create a composition that works with the people, different poses, different backgrounds and I’m also open to add as much details as you want. I take my Etsy little job very serious. I have found in Etsy a really nice community and great people who are willing to help you always. I must say thanks to that ^^

That is the end of my review and interview with Mare Lloba! Be sure to check out her shop and see all the custom work she does for portraits but also for logos as well! 

My take home message: Mare Lloba's art walks a delicate line between caricature, animation, and sophistication of portraits that is intriguing and special. Marina is a wonderful artist to collaborate with and it was a pleasure working with her on my very own portrait.

I hope you guys enjoyed my review of Mare Lloba's work! Now for the giveaway!

One international winner can win a custom illustration portrait with up to 2 people. :)
You can do a couple, a family member, a best friend-- any pair! It will be fun and I'm so excited to see the winner's portrait! :)


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good Luck everyone! Enjoy :)



66 comments:

  1. Custom Couple Portrait + some furry friends is definitely my favorite. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  2. Omigosh, the family portrait is the cutest (and something that my little "Anna" and "Elsa" would love ;)! -- https://www.etsy.com/listing/183846772/custom-family-portait-family-picture?ref=shop_home_active_3

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  3. i really like the custom family portrait!

    lauren becker

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  4. Love this: https://www.etsy.com/pt/listing/180766502/custom-couple-portrait-personalized?ref=shop_home_feat_1

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  5. Thank you for a lovely giveaway. I'd love to get a custom portrait!
    ~Natasha Fatah~

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  6. I like the Cruella de Vil Illustration Print, Original.

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  7. I like Cruella de Vil Illustration Print, Original

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  8. I love the custom couple on the house!

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  9. omg so beautiful! It is hard to choose what I would like from the store. So beautiful! love
    https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/177839101/custom-etsy-banner-logo-for-your-brand?ref=shop_home_active_10
    the etsy banner and logo. i need a better one for my store. :D
    lovely giveaway! So amazing!

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  10. I'd love a custom couple portrait! Super darling! :)

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  11. I'd love the custom portrait/print.

    kiddomsg at gmail dot com

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  12. I love this one --> https://www.etsy.com/listing/180766502/custom-couple-portrait-personalized?ref=shop_home_feat_1

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  13. I like the custom characterize yourself

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  14. I love the custom couple portraits. What a great giveaway!

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  15. I love the custom couple portrait!

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  16. I love these! https://www.etsy.com/listing/180766502/custom-couple-portrait-personalized?ref=shop_home_active_3

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  17. I love https://www.etsy.com/listing/180766502/custom-couple-portrait-personalized?ref=shop_home_feat_1
    (the custom couple portrait!) Because it's heartwarming and sweet

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  18. I like the custom couple portrait! What great talent!

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  19. Oh my I am in LOVE with the custom family portrait!!!

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  20. my wife would love this https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/176479917/hand-painted-beetle-insect?ref=shop_home_active_13

    sousasurveys@hotmail.com

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  21. I liked the Custom Couple Portrait. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  22. I love her illustrations!! My favorite is the one with the couple sitting on the roof top. Once my partner and I own a house, I totally want that one! I also love the customizable character illustration - I have a few ideas for some people I know! Thanks for the giveaway!
    mbrigham7 at yahoo dot com

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  23. I like family custom potrait
    thanks for the chance

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  24. I love the custom portraits. I want one! thanks for the chance.

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  25. The couples portraits make me so happy! What a wonderful gift for so many to enjoy!

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  26. This is great! https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/183846772/custom-family-portait-family-picture?ref=shop_home_active_5

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  28. I'd love the custom portrait! Her art is so cute ^^

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  29. I love the custom couple portrait!

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  30. I like the personalized custom couple portrait - https://www.etsy.com/listing/180766502/custom-couple-portrait-personalized?ref=shop_home_active_4

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  31. Hi! My favorite item is her Custom Characterize of You. That'd be fun! Thanks!!

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  32. I like the Custom Portrait - Digital File.

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  33. I love the wedding gift custom picture.

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  34. I love Custom Portrait - Print. Thanks. Lubka K.

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  35. My favorite item is the original hand drawn portrait!

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  36. The customized family portrait would be a lovely anniversary gift!

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  37. I like the Custom Couple Portrait.
    Thanks ~ Alexia Harvours (Rafflecopter)

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  38. I really like the hand painted beetle.

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  39. I really like the Custom Portrait - Print version

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  40. I like the Custom Portrait - Print.

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  41. I love the Custom Couple Portrait, Personalized portrait!

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  42. I love the portrait of Cruella de Vil! Gorgeous!

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  43. I love the custom wedding portraits! That's such a unique way to preserve a memory.

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  44. Love the custom family portraits :) gorgeous idea!

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  45. I loved the Custom Couple Portrait!! :) Perfect idea!!!

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  46. My favorite is the CUSTOM Characterize you! What can she make for a mom of six? :}

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  47. I love this! Perfect addition to out wedding decorations!

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  48. I dig the hand painted beetles!!

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  49. oh these are wonderful!! we'll be getting married in October, and I'd LOVE a custom wedding portrait! it's romantic, fun and will look lovely in our home.

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  51. her art style is amazing! my favorite from her shop would have to be this one: https://www.etsy.com/listing/184506171/custom-characterize-you-original?ref=shop_home_active_15 because I'm a ballerina and it would be really nice to see my ballerina self illustrated by her :D

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  52. Fabulous artwork! I especially love the Cruella De Vil.

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  53. The Original illustration present for everybody are so cute! Real talent!

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  54. OMG I love this one so much https://www.etsy.com/listing/191309555/wedding-gift-custom-wedding-portrait?ref=shop_home_feat_2

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  55. These prints are so much fun! I love the custom family portrait.

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  56. I love the custom couple portrait - so cute!

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  57. https://www.etsy.com/listing/181531431/cruella-de-vil-illustration-print?ref=shop_home_active_16
    :)

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  58. Thank you for this lovely giveaway!
    I love this one:
    https://www.etsy.com/fr/listing/176479917/insectes-coleopteres-illustration?ref=shop_home_active_13
    fingers crossed!

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  59. The Custom Couple Portrait would be fun!
    via Rhonda W G.

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  60. I love the family portraits, such a fun style.

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  61. I LOVE her work and now really want a custom blog header... what a cool idea! :) I also like the idea of a custom couple portrait, thinking of something creative like my husband as Doctor Who and me as his companion... hmmmm

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