Watercolor Skulls Project

My artworks, Video, Watercolor Experiments

In today’s post, I’ll show you a new series of three artworks in an unusual for me artistic medium – watercolor.


When I attended an art school for children (many years ago!), I had very little success with watercolor painting.

My favorite subject always was the drawing, graphics, especially in the ink variant, and I also was quite good in painting with paints that gave me the full control like gouache or oils.

Watercolor isn’t the medium that allows being absolutely sure what will happen on the paper surface. It is spontaneous and even seems to have its own mind and will. That’s why we couldn’t decide who is the chief in our relationship 😀 I just wasn’t able to give up the control and stop before there are too many layers of strokes.

So I grew up with a fear of watercolors and a strong belief that I’m just not good at it. That made me sad because I love beautiful watercolor paintings, but, on the other hand, I was a strong graphic artist who felt amazing with inks and graphite pencils. It is something worth celebrating and developing the skill!

Recently I felt that something changed. I don’t want to be just a person who is good at something but that’s all. Comfort isn’t my end goal or the place where I want to spend my whole life…

Yes, specializing is useful and even important. Focusing on something, we have the chance to advance faster and have greater results. But who said that we should put ourselves into a small box and limit our world by its tight boundaries? This is insane.

My new project “Watercolor Skulls” is all about being a person who doesn’t let anybody or anything decide what is possible or permissible. By the way, this project title is still a draft version, maybe I’ll come up with a better and more figurative one in the future.

The series consists of three watercolor painting of the A3 paper size. Below is a gallery with the scanned and edited artworks:

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I’ve chosen a skull theme because I feel like it is a connection point between themes of life’s joy and being in the moment, and the finiteness of everything. Every creature exists in the now, not in the past or in the future, and knowing that life will end makes us more concious.

Fishing Lures Art

My artworks, The process of drawing

At the end of April, we with my husband were at the hunting and fishing themed exhibition. I like to visit such places because they spark my creativity and curiosity.

I was walking along the stands and gathered ideas that were rushing in my head. Plenty of ideas! 😀 Couldn’t wait for getting home and starting to draw.

And this is the first artwork made after that event.

I wanted it to look intricate and intertwined, but the depicted objects should still be distinct, with all the textural nuances on the spot.

The size of this drawing is a standard A3 paper size, the tools I used are ink pens numbers 0.5, 0.4, 0.2, 0.1 and 0.05.

But let’s keep the order 🙂 Let me show you the process.

My Entry For Illustraciencia – International Award on Scientific Illustration

Mixed media (ink + digital), My artworks, The process of drawing

It is time to show you the artwork that I created for Illustraciencia, International Award on Scientific Illustration.

I personally adore the idea of this contest; nature is an infinite source of inspiration (there is so much to draw, indeed)! That’s why I decided to participate once again.

An Afterglow

Last year my artwork “South American redtail catfish” became one of the 40 finalists. I was so excited that just couldn’t believe my eyes! So many skilled and experienced artists sent their illustrations to this contest, and being one of the selected is a great honor. 

But let’s have a look at this year’s artwork 🙂

The Concept

It all starts with an idea; I was choosing among different options and making a final decision wasn’t easy. “Should I draw a toad?” I asked myself. “Or should it be a squirrel or a hedgehog?”

It is like a whirlpool: one you conceived to create something, you have so many luring paths waiting for you.

Finally, I settled on the lizard concept because these animals are amazingly textured. It is a pure joy to draw all these small and big scales with a whimsical pattern!

So let me introduce you Furcifer verrucosus, also known as the warty chameleon 😀

The result

The Process Of Creating

Below is a story of transforming an idea into a real tangible drawing and then – a digital illustration.

The Mermaid Artwork & News

My artworks, The process of drawing

And this is the last drawing from the new Marine series. Creating this one was fun – probably because of the unusual square format and the abundance of wonderful sea bottom details.

I love the sea fantasy theme and have many artworks on this topic, so drawing something new and fresh can be challenging. For this piece, I chose several new elements, like a sea turtle, a treasure chest and various combinations of shells and corals for spectacular visual effects.

The Mermaid Artwork

My artworks, The process of drawing, Video

This is another artwork from the Marine series, and it’s time to write about it and show you the overview. I feel like it took me ages to complete this drawing but the result is worth it 🙂

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The artwork is a cut A2 size of paper, so it’s quite a large format, especially for the liners of such small width like 0.05 or 0.1 (I used them a lot for creating textures and details).

The main technical difference between the large-scale drawings I made a year and a half ago, and those I worked on recently is the variation of the line width and increased contrast.

My older artworks were lacy and low-contrast because I used many tiny lines, the thinner, the better. And now I use more liners of broader widths (like number 0.3 or 0.4) and, situationally, apply brush strokes for contouring.

On this photo, you can see me working with an S liner of the Faber-Castell Pitt line (S means 0.3).

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An example of the process photo:

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A video: creating contours and textures, refining the artwork.

The fragments of the finished artwork as a slideshow:

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I hope you like the process and the result. I can’t wait to finish the last drawing of this series!

By the way, I have already started the work on that artwork, and today I’ll show the first process photo (if you don’t follow me on social media, check out my Links page and be sure to keep up with my progress! 🙂 ) 

Have a great day and happy spring! 😀

Textures Obsession: Bugs and Horns Artwork

My artworks, The process of drawing

Today I’d like to present you my new drawing. It is all about the beauty and the complexity of textures. Ink technique seems to exist for depicting all kinds of intricate surfaces. 🙂

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The purpose for this drawing is an attempt of mixing together various kinds of animal horns and species of bugs – both categories of these objects are very interesting from the point of textures.

Completed artwork

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Another Fantasy Creature

My artworks, The process of drawing

Today I’d like to present you my new artwork, The Wolpertinger (it’s a German name) 🙂

This mythical creature resembles a hare with deer horns. The symbol of a horned hare is quite old and has numerous mentions in the cultural legacy of various countries (see also Jackalope).

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For me as a creator of this artwork, the working process was a bit unusual (or just different?) Last several months I drew large-scale artworks, so coming back to the A3 size of the paper was something that felt uneasy. 🙂

I’ve noticed that after the dimensioned and ambitious works that occupied all my table, creating this Wolpertinger felt as if I drew just a miniature. I used ink liners of the smallest widths, 0.05 – 0.2. The paper sheet seemed to be too narrow and small to fit all the natural elements I wanted to gather together here. 😀

Indeed, I poured love into every tiny detail. Nature is amazing, and I was doing my best to convey this awe and admiration for every mushroom, small hollow on the horns and a blade of grass.

I think I will color this artwork digitally. Not now, but this year exactly 🙂 It will look awesome in a stylized vintage range of shades. And also would be great to expand the series of wonderful fantasy creatures, in addition to the existing Turtle.

And below is the process of drawing and close up fragments:

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I hope you like this fantastic creature, and the process of drawing is interesting. Thank you for watching, have a wonderful day! 🙂

Sweets and Desserts Artwork

My artworks, The process of drawing

A continuation of the yummy series. 🙂

If the previous illustration was about pizza and other “serious” food, this one is sweeter (in every way) and even a bit frivolous. I enjoyed thinking about the details and the composition so much!finished The drawing process was very smooth and delightful, regardless of the amount of glass objects that usually are quite complicated to draw, and the quantity of things that I had to keep in mind.

The artwork is very dynamic. Big objects are combined with small ones, particles fly all over around, and everything seems to have a special direction of movement. The mood of this drawing is light and playful, isn’t it? 🙂

Probably I should name it “Sweet Seduction.”

I think the theme of food is exceptionally important for people because it locates at the crossing of nature or conditionally ready-made objects, and culture – a creation of human beings in the course of the history. I am so fond of illustrating food now! Hopefully, this is not the last art on the topic. Yum! 😀

As usual, I have a slideshow of the process photos, so you can examine this artwork closer.

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I can’t wait to have it in a scanned and edited version! Maybe I even make something colorful on the base of this artwork in the near future.

I hope you like the process and the result. 🙂 Thanks for watching!