Last Sunday, we took advantage of the rare sunny weather and went on a nice long walk by the beach. Surprisingly, life happens and i don't get to enjoy everything the island has to offer me often. Most of the times we just simply have too much to do, having only the evenings to watch a movie, relax and recharge for the next day.

The past couple of weeks have been one of the most stressful in my life, as it's what happens when big changes are coming. I surprised myself by how difficult it was to stay positive as i usually do, but i always have my other -positive- half to bring me back to normal myself.

Today i feel like a new me focusing on my achievements and not my failures. Above all, i want to encourage you all to do more of the things you love every day. Stop being held back by the things you can't do, and focus on what you can do and how you can make it better.

We have just the right plans for the mood tonight.. La La land! I bet this movie will make me see everything so much brighter. Here's to enjoying life a little more! You can also download an iPhone wallpaper of this artwork here.

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Happy February everyone! My birthday month is here and i’m kinda terrified stepping into the big 28. Just writing it down feels so foreign to me and i suddenly feel older than ever. Still got some time left till i’m thirty, so i’ll cherish the final two years of the beautiful twenties.

I’ve been working on lot’s of “red” projects lately – this colour just makes me really happy! I’ve got two secret projects to share with you very soon, but until then i designed two valentine’s day wishing cards for you. Hope you write some love notes on them to your significant other, or your gals!

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Dimensions: 5×6 in

Love Card | Let’s Play a Game Card

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I’m sure you’re familiar with the feeling of being bombarded by your own brain. I think it’s something rather common in our era. All the things you want to do, everything you want to achieve and it all piles up to one unreachable mountain? I bet everyone’s brains these days are working in full speed. From our own personal anxieties, to the stressful changes in world, good and bad.

I find myself quite often drowning in my thoughts, to do lists and sometimes yes, my own negativity and self doubt. But this morning while Theo and i were laughing about something stupid in the car, i realised one great but simple thing, that made everything seem lighter. We don’t have to go through it all on our own. Shit happens every day and i dare you to name one person who doesn’t have his own burden to carry.

But we all have love in our lives and i can’t think anything greater than that. There’s nothing you can’t go through with if you’re being loved. It will give you the strength and optimism to go through with anything that burdens you.

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I’m not a Valentine’s Day type, but i have the need to dedicate my focus on love and spreading lots of it throughout the whole month. Then i can allow myself to crawl back to my little hole of misery every now and then 🙂 

 

Today’s scans are my favourite of them all. These roses had a satin feel and i couldn’t be happier that that’s exactly how they turned out here. You can right click save as iPhone and desktop wallpapers (the last pattern is on my screen right now and it feels so romantic!). Kindly remember, they’re meant for personal use as always.

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Well, i hope i made your screens look a little more pink today! It’s never too late to start preparing for Valentine’s Day and this week i’m updating my Hand Drawn Sticker Pack App with some more hearts and love notes. And while in the mood, i was eager to start working on the next illustration project. Flamingos always fascinated me with their bright colours, and i thought they’d be easy enough to draw. This ended up giving me a hard time to complete, as the feathers were so complicated.

I had to gather loads of reference photos for these beauties, but in real life they didn’t quite look as i imagined them. So i mixed up a few different types of flamingos into one, and i’m hoping nobody will notice.. With this one, i cannot wait to get my hands on Jason’s nursery prints! I feel like illustrating all kinds of animals and woodsy landscapes in order to match the mood we’re going for.

My main flamingo guy turned into several patterns, and without wanting to overwhelm you, here are 5 of my favourites to download as wallpapers. Enjoy!

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Flamingo-3-by-Cocorrina

Flamingo-4-by-Cocorrina

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(from top left, to right bottom)

Flamingo #1 | Flamingo #2 | Flamingo #3

Flamingo #4 | Flamingo #5

*Personal use only

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This piece has been sitting on my desktop since last week and waiting to be finished. It’s my second attempt to illustrating with reference (birds of paradise in particular for this one) and i can say it’s my newest obsession!

Pink Martini music on, brush strokes on brush strokes and a little bit of sunshine, made this morning magical. Ever since the year changed, i decided to make a few more changes in my life and daily routine, that i’ll be sharing on tomorrows post with you. One of the things i focused on, was to concentrate a little bit more on the things i love designing, and what makes my heart skip a bit. It’s so easy to get distracted as a creative with all the trends, and with what’s “in”. So i went back to the beginning and discovered that i need a little bit more magic in my creative life.

So here it is, my first, close to my heart personal piece for this year. I kinda have this thing with birds now, and as always golds, stars and moons. You can see a little of the making of, of this piece on my Instagram stories today too! Lots and lots of brush strokes to create these feathers. I know you’ve been asking for more process, so i’ll do my best to update there my daily works.

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AstralBirdParadise-Pattern-Cocorrina

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Night Version

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Day Version

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*for personal use only

Hope you all enjoyed an extraordinary new year’s weekend and ready for a seriously awesome new year! We’ve got so much to wait for in this one. As days go by, we cannot wait to meet our little one in May, i already find myself thinking how summer and life here will be with a little baby. You know, seven was always my favourite number -it’s a lucky one after all right?- So i do have a good feeling for this year!

I’ve prepared two super minimal January wallpapers for you. Was aiming for a calendar feel, with some texture and decayed gold. You can download the two versions right below. The first one, i’ve already had for a few days, it kinda feels nice to have this calendar as a reminder for the very first month of the year.

January Wallpaper with lines

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January Wallpaper with circles

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Giving a tight hug and letting 2016 go is a lot easier than other years! I’m ready for this new one to come and have been for a long long time! We’re back from our trip to our families and we’ll be spending the new year’s probably at home with our good friends. Simple, warm and cozy. Just like i want it. May the new year finds us all happier and more inspired. Even if you’re going through hard times this time around, may 2017 bring you everything you wish and so much more.

I’ve illustrated two ladies for your desktops, looking exactly how i would like to look if i attended a fancy new year’s eve party. I’m kinda obsessed with that polka dot lace choker and with the star freckles!

Happy new year dear friends!

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New Year Babe Lace Choker

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New Year Babe Black Chocker

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