quarta-feira, 8 de junho de 2011


Hello humans! I know that I have been really absent from the blogosphere for a long now and I apologize to all of my loyal followers and good old blogger friends for not being as present as I used to. The truth is that my life is kind of a mess right now and I just don't have the time nor the energy to blog. My newborn nephew has been in the hospital for almost 2 months fighting for his life, and it has been a hard time on my family. Waiting for good news each day and seeing my sister's agony is killing me. It's impressive how strong premature babies can be... and it's also ironic how tiny beings like them can teach us all lessons of courage and strength. Despite of all the odds, my baby nephew survived 3 surgeries in the last month, 2 of them, including a heart surgery, in one week. I hope with all my heart that he get's well soon and I would really appreciate your prayers and positive thoughts :)

Meanwhile, I have some good news (thank GOD!) to share with you guys:

Once again I had the honor of having my work selected to be featured in a TASCHEN book. Illustration Now! Portraits is TASCHEN'S most recent book on Illustration and it gathers together the exclusive portrait work of over 80 illustrators from all over the world, and I feel very lucky to be among them. Huge thanks to Taschen's Editor-In-Chief - Julius Wiedemann, for the invitation to take part in this project and for believing in my work.
The awesomeeee part is that one of the images that they selected to be featured in the book is my self-portrait :D that means that my face is ALL OVER THE WORLD now! hahaah :P
Another great thing is that I get to be in this book along with my old blogger friend Dominic Philibert, who was also selected as a featured artist in this book... YAY! :D
Love you guys, hope to be back to blogging soon!

Olá humanos! Estou finalmente de volta à blogosfera e tenho uma boa notícia para partilhar convosco: Para minha grande honra, o meu trabalho foi novamente seleccionado para ser exibido num livro da TASCHEN. O Livro Illustration Now! Portraits é a mais recente publicação da Taschen na área da ilustração e reúne obras de 80 ilustradores de todo o mundo, exclusivamente focalizadas na arte de retrato. Sinto-me bastante honrado de me encontrar entre os artistas seleccionados. Um MUITO OBRIGADO ao Editor-In-Chief da Taschen, Julius Wiedemann, pelo convite para participar este projecto e por ter acreditado no meu trabalho.

23 comentários:

Ces disse...

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!! I am so proud of you! Of course!!! YAY!

Francisco Martins disse...

Hehehe! Thanks Ces! :)

Ces disse...

You are so handsome! Aaawwwiieee! Tsup!

Francisco Martins disse...

Hahahaha! Well, thank you very much Lady Cecilia! :D

donny* disse...

First, so sorry about the bad news. All the prayers and thoughts I can conjure up are being sent your way. Hope he improves soon.

Second, very awesome! Congratulations! Very excellent self portrait.

Francisco Martins disse...

Thanks a lot for the support buddy! :)
big hug!

senhorita valdez disse...

Big up to Taschen for publishing portuguese artists, and, off course, clap clap to you, Xiki, as usual, brilliant illustrations that fill my heart with beauty.

love always

Francisco Martins disse...

:) love u Danikas. thanks a lot luv

vjarumugam disse...

Hey buddy! its been so long, how are you doing? thanks for dropping by eh! and i am sorry for not being in regular touch. congratulations for all the achievements and successes so far when i havn't been virtually around. keep it going buddy. :)

Bella Sinclair disse...

Hello, hello, Francisco! Ohhh, I am SO sorry to hear about your nephew. He is a fighter. I will pray that he gets stronger and stronger every day. Many hugs and prayers for strength and courage for your family.

And THIS! WOOOHOOOO! Goodness, that's awesome. We need more handsome portraits like yours to be spread throughout the world. So thank YOU! Congratulations, my friend.

ps. Ces IS quite a woman and artist, I agree!

Francisco Martins disse...

VJ: Hey buddy, I am fine, thanks for asking :) how bout you? what have you been up to? hugs!

Bella: Thanks for the support my friend :) and Thank you for your visit and kind words that always cheer me up!
She is, isn't she? (Ces) I think so too ;)

APO (Bem-Trapilho) disse...

WOW parabens!!!
bjinho Francisco

Francisco Martins disse...

Olá Apo, obrigado! bjs

Florencia Bini disse...

Hola Francisco!!! tanto tiempo!!
Primero que nada, espero de corazón que tu sobrinito se mejore del todo. Los bebés prematuros tienen muchísima fuerza y creeme que seguro siente toda la energía positiva que llega. En fin, que salga todo bien para el bebé y para tu hermana. :)
Y mis felicitaciones por esta publicación!!! y que bueno que pusieron tu autorretrato :)
Un beso grande

Francisco Martins disse...

Florencia, muchíssimas gracias por tus palabras :) un beso!

Brian Lue Sang disse...

DUDE!!! That... is... AWESOME!!! You're the man, Francisco! I need to get this book too!

Hugs, buddy!

Francisco Martins disse...

Hey buddy, thanks a lot B. :)

indira lakhsmita disse...

oohhh CONGRATSSSS and you have such beautiful eyes!!!!


indira lakhsmita disse...

i really mean it!

indira lakhsmita disse...

and i am so sorry to hear about your little nephew :(

sending you and your family all my good thoughts and prayers.


Francisco Martins disse...

Mita, thank you so much for your words. I really appreciate it :)

Emily disse...

Oh dear how scary! Best wishes to him your sister and the rest of you. I hope all is going positively and the baby is doing better now.

And congrats on the portraits!

Francisco Martins disse...

Emily, thank you so much for your support :) Ann the best!