Exploring Ink Textures: Paint & Draw Practical Art Magazine

Drawing With Ink, Moments of My Life

Just a sneak peek: here is a couple of drawings I’ve made for Paint & Draw practical art magazine. 🙂

The theme of the articles are textures in ink – I show my process of analyzing a texture and designing it with ink liners. Coming soon!

I’m personally a fan of this magazine, and highly recommend it to everybody who is interested in developing the skills and learning something new. And it’s also very inspirational! 😀 It’s a great honor to be among the authors.

Looking into the future

Moments of My Life

Late spring and summer usually are the time of slowing down for me. I put my thoughts and priorities in order, enjoy the freedom that almost feels everywhere – and also observe the beauty of the outer world full of curiosities.

This year is no exception; many things were thought over, and new decisions were made. I’ve chosen what to dig into and what to abandon… Maybe this “hold-mode” is not a permanent answer, but it’s still a wonderful idea if one wants to focus and get much better at something.

The changes are so natural – coming fall and winter months are the time for accomplishing, acting, moving forward, creating and getting the idea of what I’m actually capable of.

Life is a process of a constant change-over and a transition of rhythm. The only thing that may be constant is a sincere aspiration for better choices, decisions, attitude models. 🙂

 

How I’m Spending Summer

Moments of My Life

Hello, Friends 🙂

I haven’t posted anything for quite a long time – that’s because of my new site in the Russian language. I create a ton of content for it, work on new ebooks, and translate some of the articles from this blog.

Plus, there are many new drawings and ideas for the new series, experiments with artistic techniques (I’ll show you a couple of examples soon) and so on, as usual. It is so nice to come back to the normal mode of working and creating after the period of decay that I had in the late spring and the beginning of summer.

At the time, I feel like I’m obsessed with new possibilities, and, especially, the chance to explore myself using a variety of ways. Life is too amazing to be locked in something that is easy and well-known. 🙂

Hopefully, I’ll find an answer how to do a lot of various things and to keep pace with all of my plans.

I spend time outdoor – much more frequently than it happened before. Being in contact with the real world makes me conscious and mindful of all the things I can accomplish – if I wish.

Yesterday we had an enjoyable walk in the forest.

I was lucky enough to run into a teeny-tiny grass-snake, it was so lovely that I just couldn’t believe it wasn’t a credible-looking toy. 😀 Then there were various butterflies, bugs, spiders and other beautiful creatures.

For a long time, I was afraid of forests. Surprisingly how a person can change 😀 Now I feel like everything is perfectly in order!

ImagineFX

Moments of My Life

I admire ImagineFX magazine so much. For years I’ve been looking at the amazing art featured in this magazine, and secretly wished that one day my art will be worthy of being published there, too.

Dreams come true if we work hard enough 🙂 Below is one of the pages featuring me and my art (July 2017 issue).

Thanks, ImagineFX magazine – you honored me! 

 

A Snake Tamer

Moments of My Life

You never know upon whom you may stumble when you go for a walk 😀 This guy was hissing all the time and tried to bite me 😀

Very, very pleasant to the touch. I’d like to have a snake at home now 🙂

We’ve also seen a beautiful small lizard of the bright green and grey colors. I wasn’t lucky enough to catch it but watched it as much as I wanted. A great day!

Green

Moments of My Life

One sunny day I’ve brought home this beautiful twig with amazing bright green leaves.

Drawing is a way of memorizing and collecting precious moments, impressions, desires – anything that has a personal meaning.

I was rather quiet previous days; something inside me demands to be still and observant. And – to start doing the things I was setting aside for a long, long time. However, everything has an amusing attribute of changeableness. 🙂

A Funny Fact

Moments of My Life

There is an idea that it is so simple to be an artist. You don’t have to have anything except a pencil, a scrap of paper, your eyes, hands, and the imagination.

But in actual fact, it is like a snowball! 😀

You buy a set of pencils; then you need another one, bigger and more expensive – because you want to work with qualitative supplies.

Before you know where you are, you have a collection of various pens, pencils, markers, paints, inks, sketchbooks, and there are huge stacks of paper in the secluded nook. Just in case.

You also start to gather specialized books.

You need a simple camera to take photos of your art, so you buy one. Then you realize that your possibilities are limited, and you start to save up for a DSLR. Plus all the equipment like lenses and lighting, of course.

For example, a nice microphone – because you have this amazing idea to write video tutorials based on your art.

Oh did I mention the scanners – of a basic A4 size and then, maybe, something bigger? And additional storage for all the files you produce during the work process? A better hardware?

Plus the place to keep all your treasures. One day you think: “Probably I need my own studio (or a bigger one)”

To make a long story short, there is no such thing as “Now I have everything I wanted to have.” Or maybe it is, but I’m not at that point yet 🙂

However, it is always useful to remember that it’s possible to make great things in the limited circumstances. If you want, you’ll find a way.

Pastel Pencils

Moments of My Life

Yesterday was an art shopping day for me. Sounds so exciting, right? 😀

I brought home a brand-new set of pastel pencils, a broad-tip white acrylic marker, new graphite pencils (my old ones were almost completely worn-out), several Faber-Castell Grip pens of different colors, and a whole gathering of various paper sheets.

Everything is useful and inspiring when it comes to creating art! 🙂

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Today I’ve started trying my new supplies. And here is the first result! Pastel pencils, black paper.

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I like pastels, their look on paper, and feelings that they convey. This art medium doesn’t allow refining artworks as mush as ink or ink liners do, but it helps to achieve an expressiveness and a distinctive freedom. Worth trying!

Honestly, I think that it’s great to be familiar with various artistic techniques and be able to work using different tools, know their advantages and understand how to mix them. I am known mostly for the detailed ink drawings, but this kind of specialization doesn’t mean that I’m not interested in everything else 🙂

I believe life is about being brave and doing what you like. More action, less “just thinking.”