Joys and Miracles of Winter

Black and White Ink, My Artworks & Process of Drawing

Recently I finished an artwork that is dedicated to winter. It’s symbolical because there is a thick cover of snow outside 🙂

finished-fragment-hareI have never created anything big about the winter season. Probably, that’s because so many things I like to draw bloom in spring or summer. Winter is a time of contrasts: white snow, black trees, and small inclusions of something greyish.

This year I decided to break this tendency. Winter can be fun, and it is so beautiful – if we pay enough attention to see this beauty!

In the country where I live, climatic winter lasts for several months. Quite a considerable period of time! It’s up to people, whether to be happy during the cold and predictably greyish months or not. 🙂

This artwork is an embodiment of the wish to be happy and joyful in winter. A snowy forest is full of life!

I really enjoyed working on this piece. It was some kind of a challenge for me as an artist, too: snowy texture should be recognizable. Snow is light and velvety, it blends into the objects but stays visible.

Creating large-scaled art is such a magic! A big size of paper allows composing so many details, various objects and little secrets that make the viewer examine the artwork closely.

That was a moment when I looked at this artwork and thought: “I love it”:


As usual, I have a full behind the scenes process for everybody who is interested in how this artwork was created. Please keep reading and watching! 🙂

Pencil underdrawing


Inking part. Slideshow of steps:

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Short videos:

Creating tree texture

Drawing the squirrel


A special step-by-step process of drawing the floral elements in the upper corners of the drawing:

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How I worked on the nest:

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I believe it is very important to observe real things to be able to draw them and keep the mind constantly full of nice ideas. 🙂 For example, I got the inspiration to put a bird’s nest into the artwork from this photo (my husband brought me this beauty from one of his outdoor anventures):


I also collect various natural objects. They are simply gorgeous! 😀


The finished artwork:


The fragments in close up:

bird-smaller finished-fragment-hares finished-fragment-squirrel

By the way, collection natural objects is a great and extremely useful tradition when it comes to taking photos of artworks 🙂 Isn’t it adorable to see bright colorful elements accompanying a black and white ink drawing?


I hope you enjoyed the artwork and the process. 🙂 Thank you for watching!

And let your winter be full of joy and happy moments 😀



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