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.”

February Investments for the Knowledge and Inspiration

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Everyone knows how important is constant learning and broadening the horizons. Curiosity and diligence makes us better artists and more interesting people in general 🙂

I do my best to master professional skills and invest into the development process (for example, I’m a regular subscriber of an online book library and several websites with a profession-related content). This month, I pay much attention to the things that are not directly to the point of anything I’m known for; they are drawing with colored pencils, hand lettering, and writing.

Interested in my list? 😀 

Happy New Year!

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So tomorrow will be 2017 year already. 🙂

Let the coming year be a period of happiness, wisdom and attentive attitude to everything that happens inside our heads – and outside.

Let us finish all the beginnings and love challenges that happen without our knowing.

Let us value small moments of joy and the amazing gift of having this wonderful life full of hidden greatness and endless possibilities.

Let us work hard and be free of mental limits.

Happy New Year, Friends! 🙂

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Winter Walk

Moments of My Life

Today we with my husband had a wonderful walk in a small forest near the river. We live at a quiet place uptown, where nature meets the culture of human urbanism.

The air was fresh and smelled of pine trees. The colors of this season are so elegant and gorgeous! Rich greyish brown, complex green, muted black and snowy white.

I’m so inspired by nature and the very fact that I can experience this joy and beauty of being alive. I can feel, see, smell, hear, love, create, learn and much more… It’s a real treasure. ❤

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My 2016 Year In Review

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It’s only a few days left before the New 2017 Year comes to us. A traditional time for reviewing the year, right? 🙂

When I was setting goals for the 2016 year, I was inspired with the idea of trying new things and making as many projects as possible. I wanted to be successful and efficient. 🙂

Looking back, I have to admit: this year was such a surprise! I had so much going on in my personal life, my mindset was shifting and changing all the time. A comparison between the present version of myself and the older “me” makes me so surprised – like it was somebody else. I became more calm, loving, grateful, confident and conscious.

What have I accomplished? 

1. I actually tried new things and created many drawings. Although I didn’t create a whole bunch of new digital painting or colored pencils art, I made important steps toward my goals in learning new techniques. There are also more colorful pieces in my artistic “store”.

I just love inclusions of bright colors – in artworks or in photos. 😀

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2. My skill in the ink drawing technique has grown and the style itself has become more refined and transparent. There is more subtle light in my artworks, in the way how they look and feel.

The size of my art became larger towards the end of the year, coming near to approximately A2-A1 paper format. The more space I get, the more details I can fill it with 🙂

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3. I also drew quite small sketchy pieces, a lot of them (flowers, food, fishing lures, cosmetics and other various objects). Such things are brief and easy to draw – so relaxing! 😀

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4. The set of themes and overall mood of my art has changed to something neutral and more life-affirming. For the 2015 year, the leitmotif was the skull and dark art theme, for the 2016 it was gradually transforming into nature and animals.

I love seeing how much beauty and wonder is hidden in everyday life. 🙂hedgehogs mating5. I’ve created a new “Fish Collection” this year and made drawing fish series a tradition. One of the illustrations, South American redtail catfish, was chosen to be among finalists of the Il·lustraciència Scientific Illustration Award contest! It was such an honor. 🙂

And here is the trout from this collection:golden-trout6. I learned to be determined and spontaneous at the same time. I took day-offs to become acquainted with themes and techniques I was interested in for a long time but didn’t have the courage to immerse into them.

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7. Sometimes it’s great to come back to the existing things with a new vision and experience. That’s why I made other versions of the artworks made in the 2014 – 2015 years.

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8. I realized that I have another passion – writing, and my purpose is teaching and sharing experience to help other people. The greatest pleasure, in my opinion, is to make a difference in the world and do meaningful things.

Although many great articles and drawing tutorials that I wrote for my blog this year haven’t appeared again at the new, recovered version of my website, I know that I’ll write more useful posts, and enrich for the republishing the old ones very soon. 🙂

I also wrote two ebooks on the topics of marketing for artists and licensing. They are in Russian. Creating a book is a difficult and responsible thing, but it’s so fulfilling…

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9. I was a passionate learner. My educational interests were in the sphere of marketing, social media, people skills, languages, psychology, business, biology, and, of course, art. I watched video courses, read a tremendous amount of articles and started to form my own professional library of real paper books.

I was reading insanely, not only non-fiction books 🙂 I realized I can seize ideas from everywhere!

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10. It looks like I found my way to be connected with the world of great interesting people out there, and being able to work efficiently at the same time. Communication can be fun even if you are an introvert! 🙂 I admire my life and the possibility to make beautiful things for other people, inspire and give sincere warmth.

Let me thank you for being with me, my dear Reader! ❤ I wish you a happy New Year full of joy, inspiration, and great achievements! 🙂wordswag_1481798409778

The First Post

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This is the first blog post of the new version of my website. The old version has crushed – with all my posts and articles; and as long as it’s suddenly impossible to have it back the same as it was, I decided to write a couple of words about what I learned from it. A night spent on creating a new portfolio makes me think about the next steps…

I don’t know why it happens so, but it seems that I have a phoenix-like tradition to burn something and rise again from the ashes. Now the history repeats itself. Deep inside my heart I wanted a change, I needed my path to make a turning, but hadn’t a real self-permission to have it.

The truth is that it is not necessary to cling to the things you don’t need or like anymore but it’s still a pity to abandon them and turn over a page. It can be scary and even feel like silliness, but as you do it – you feel relieved…

What am I going to do? Here are some thoughts, both on the website and my further artistic life.

  1. I’ll rewrite and republish some of the valuable articles and posts that I had. Not all of them 🙂 Something I prefer to keep to myself, and make a book or two from it in the future. Other posts are really no longer current.
  1. The portfolio looks more appealing now – you can form your opinion yourself 🙂 A couple of years ago, when this website was founded, I didn’t have the urge and habit to write long posts in English. Now I have, and I do love to describe every artwork and every series of artworks in all the details even possible!
  1. Not all of my artworks that were in my old portfolio appear in the new one, and many of them are united into one project now. That’s because I want to keep only artworks that I am endlessly interested in and devoted to (and want to make something more of in the future). However, I’ll publish posts with older artworks that didn’t get into the new portfolio – just to keep them here on the site.
  1. I am making a shift from dark art and gothic motifs just for their own sake to something more neutral and having a direct ratio to the real life. Currently, I’m a big fan of nature and various beautiful objects. I want every artwork to be meaningful and absolutely sincere. Moreover, I feel that I also make a shift from the t-shirt designs to something new. Bigger. Greater.
  1. I have so many ideas of my own that probably my whole life won’t be sufficient to fulfill them. I really value my plans and have something to say with my art – that’s why I decided to pay more attention to what I truly like and want to make, instead of performing other people’s ideas. Of course, any rule has an exception, but I really mean it. Time is extremely precious, everybody should think about what it is spent on.
  1. Now it’s quality over quantity. Earlier I wanted to make everything swiftly and rapidly. It is in my nature. Or it was – I am not really sure. But now I want to slow down, dig deeper and immerse myself in the details, making everything I do with exceptional love and passion. The drawing lessons will be longer and the articles will be more informative. I’m ready to give more value.
  1. I really, desperately want to learn more about so many things and teach myself how to do them. Some are related to art or drawing, some are not. Within the last two years, I was obsessed with the idea of having a “normal” artistic career, success and producing great work that I didn’t have enough time to do and try other things I needed. Recently I had an insight that It’s me who put the boundaries, and in actual fact, I’m free to do everything I want, without having to wait for a permission.

8. I will write much more. Being an artist is fun, but it isn’t everything I’ve got. I’m also ready to share my knowledge and experience, and it would be great if I could show people how stunning it is to learn how to draw and be a creator.

Looks like that’s all (though not completely everything that I have in mind for the future). Now it’s time for me to plunge into the work. 😀