I spent some time drawing in the nursery this year. Small children are so unpredictable and creative!
Selection of life drawings from the second semester, spring 2014.
Observational sketches from Cambridge, spring 2014
My illustrations from Ilustratour 2014 workshop “Illustrative Quintessence” with Vitali Konstantinov. The first three pieces illustrate a funny sentence created while playing “Exquisite corpse”. The next one is a scene from “Bluebeard” folktale. I also had a chance to illustrate six basic emotions, make an abstract portrait, intuitive comic and a nonfiction illustration.
I created these illustrations during Ilustratour workshop “Every Picture Tells a Story” with Susanne Berner. The goal was to create strong graphic images of objects that have special meaning to each participant. To achieve this, I mixed different media, such as ink, crayons, coloured paper and pastel.
Ghostliness is a challenging thing to portray, as was making vignettes for my “Winter Ghost” picturebook. You can see the progression, the top ones being the final illustrations, created with soft pastels on tracing paper. I’m going to take a break from this project now as I have some new stories to work on.
The scene with the fridge is from my story, the rest were some quick studies from online material. While doing research for my “Winter Ghost” picturebook, I discovered some peculiar dog breeds. Irish Wolfhound, the tallest breed, seemed scary enough for my wandering ghost character. Later I found out about Borzoi, a beautiful Russian wolfhound, although I haven’t seen one in real life before.
Soft pastels on various types of paper. I used a water brush too for the first sketches on pastel paper. Still need to practise drawing faces, especially kids.
"Winter Ghost" dummy book rough cover and some spreads.
First spread from the “Winter Ghost”. I had a hard time choosing the right media and technique for my illustrations, combining both painting and drawing. I used soft pastels in all of these images, the second one also had a separate layer of charcoal. I liked the expressiveness of the pastel paper, but chose to work on tracing paper instead for the clarity of character details.