Cute Tough

Even if you look cute, you can always fight back! For those women who try to change something. This illustration was made with a chinese brush and Chinese ink on Watercolour paper and digitally painted on Photoshop with a Wacom Cintiq HD13.
This illustration was created on 2015.



This illustration was inspired by Korean symbols and feminism. How people still think women are “cute” and forget they are also strong, very strong, being cute at the same time.
From the Hanbok – traditional korean garment – to the furniture are all inspired on Korean culture.


Black ink and Photoshop (with Wacom CintiqHD13)
First I start with a pencil sketch and then I do the black lines with a Chinese brush on Watercolour Paper. Then I’ll scan the illustration and Colour it digitally on Photoshop with the Wacom Cintiq HD 13.

People really love this illustration, it won a Merit Award at Hiii Illustration Awards.
To all my illustrations I do an extended research, so I always learn a lot. For this one I had to search for korean symbols, some of them I saw in tv dramas I’ve watched.

Luna Kirsche

Maria Barbosa a.k.a. Luna Kirsche is an illustrator and a graphic designer working hard since 2008.
Based in Lisbon (Portugal), works full time as a graphic designer at Papelagem Studio for big clients such as NIVEA, Eucerin, Labello, Harmony, etc. The rest of the hours are filled with freelance and personal illustration works.
After graduated in Communication Design, never stopped learning and continued to study children illustration, traditional chinese painting, chinese calligraphy, Japanese traditional stamps (Ukiyo-e), symbologies and more recently, Language and Korean Culture at King Sejong Institute Lisbon.
With the little spare free time, in trying to keep up with world tendencies and travel, always dreaming about travelling and meet new cultures.