women of mystery :)

I realised painting with colour shapes is much easier that doing a line drawing – it is easier to make the figures more dynamic, more “alive”. And when painting in water-colour over a pencil drawing, we often tend to omit details, so when the pencil is erased something starts missing. So the answer is to drop the pencil drawing :). Half-kidding – not for everything, of course, it is impossible to do without it most of the time, but I like the result of my weekend experimenting.

These ladies are quite schematic, but i think I’ve showed enough for them to be quite lively. I like this hazy looks, so let’s call them “women of mystery” ^.^ And it really showcases water-colour as a material, flowy and slightly transparent. I made a bad choice when buying water-colour paper last time – it is sucking the paint and leaving whitish trace or dots – muting the colour. But this time it worked fine, especially on the blue lady, a friend of mine said that she has a galaxy around her head 🙂 And she turned out to look like me, somehow – well, that was totally unintentional.

P.S.: I didn’t really notice September passing by – felt a bit like a hamster with sleep disorders in a wheel. On top I did not have much time to sit and draw/paint which was making me anxious and I also felt stressed and disappointed at times, so I would like to say sorry to all the people I annoyed or hurt recently.

P.P.S: And another friend of mine shared some of my paintings in vk (Russian popular social network) and made a comment that I don’t write in Russian in my blog. So I think I am almost ready to fix it, I’ll start writing in both, English and Russian here.


last glimpse of summer

best-friendsI’m never super happy when the summer is about to go away. I think it’s something from the school years – new academic
year anxiety, I dunno. So this year is not an exception of course, and with the extra workload and stress it feels slightly more intense. But..well, I’ll be fine.

Just an hour ago I started making a list in my diary about how I’m planning to become a superhuman (or just about as good). And the plan is to be structured, eat healthy, sleep well and exercise (my usual blah).. and finally prepare my printed portfolio – already cleaned backgrounds on a few scans tonight, read more about water-colour techniques – and yes, already am doing it a bit (Tom Hofmann – “Watercolor Painting: a comprehensive approach to mastering the medium” was my weekend company, btw, recommendable 🙂 And just to enjoy life. Dancing, for example – looks like there’s a small positive activity on the lindy hop front, I am even ready to do some work to make things happen.

Many things to keep me busy. Should be a good thing. And the summer is back for a week 🙂 very sunny ^^

Children Illustration

In August I watched a webinar about children illustration prepared by a talented Russian artist Alexandra Balasheva. I’ve got very inspired by her work and personality and decided to try to do something in this genre myself. The whole August I was quite busy and to tell the truth, quite stressed as well, writing one proposal, so I didn’t have time or energy for something big. Same month I came across a water-colour block in postcard format and bought it, of course.

So to release some stress and just get to do a bit of what I love, I tried to paint something kids-styled. It turned out very satisfying, as the small format didn’t take much time and for me children illustration became a genre, where, “it’s hard to mess up”, so to say 🙂 It just works out..and the bright colours boost the mood a little.

Playing with shapes and proportions became another fun part of my mini-project. It’s not something new, you obviously are allowed to do whatever you like with the reality on a white sheet, but before watching that material, I simply hadn’t given it enough thought 🙂 I love trees and water, and here, you can show it in so many, totally unrealistic, but still recognisable ways. To cut it short – I’m excited.

So in the last month, in-between writing and reading, I’ve made a small collection of postcards. Today, I needed a bit longer meditation session, so I made a 24×32 cm (the one with a lighthouse). It’s my first bigger thematic project, that started somehow unplanned, but left me quite happy ^.^