Cont Blackula, (the nickname is pretty awesome) - I am planning to do that at some point, yes.
Anon, glad to hear you like my work. If I’m planning to draw/paint over the sketch I keep the pencil very thin, barely visible. That will prevent it from showing through!
Have a nice weekend, everyone. Oh, and if you’re wondering how hell looks like, you should come to North London on an Arsenal match day. You will see things you will never be able to unsee.
I present my latest personal project that was going on for a while. I like symbolic and metaphoric stuff, so decided to recreate zodiac signs - the way I see them, of course. So if you don’t like dark, weird pop-surrealistic stuff the selection above is probably nor for you.
I noticed that most of the horoscope-related art on the net is flat and cheesy, very fantasy-like. Well, I just had to add dark reproduction of the zodiac gals to this world! I sketched up all 12 of those, didn’t like some of them enough and put them aside, and at the end selected even fewer for final digital painting, because I wanted to go for maximum detail, and one piece would take several days to complete.
I wanted to create unnatural and theatrical compositions with a slightly thick and intense atmosphere. The figures are still, they look like they posed for a fine art painting for hours. I was inspired by old Victorian photographs and painted portraits of the Renaissance, with soft light and deep blurry shadows.
I think that Cancer is the one I enjoyed painting the most. I researched crabs and apparently they have teeth in their stomach, amazing. Just HAD to give this feature to the zodiac cancer girl. Another thing to mention is that all the backgrounds were painted as well (apart from the Leo one, that one was stolenandedited because I was about to give up at the end).
Thanks for checking out! More stuff coming soon, so here are some links (wink wink):
I guess that this is my biggest work to date. It’s an A1 format ink in cardboard - a drawing that took almost half a year to complete. Also used watercolor, pencil and markers.
I call it “The Companion”. A story about two friends - a girl and her imaginary pet - who travelled for a long time, saw many beautiful places and met a lot of new people, creatures and animals who joined them as their journey continued. They arrived to something that resembles the edge of the world, and at first it might seem that their adventure has come to an end, but the girl is pointing at something high above that we cannot see, showing to her companion that there are more things to discover and enjoy together if only they wish to continue moving forward.
It’s a metaphor for the life experience and the luggage of our imagination. Everyone has a friend - the creature of mind - that follows them from the first day of their life, picking up experience, memories and emotions. We decide for ourselves what to load the vessel with, what the faithful creature of mind and memory will carry along with us to the edge of our existence.
Travel, see, feel, collect everything you find in your life - you never know what things you will want to have with you when the journey comes to an end.
Thanks for checking it out!
More stuff coming soon, so…
Love getting those weird ‘asks’ and random messages.
Responding this way ‘cause it’s mostly anons and the one about a turtle is hilarious.
1) Thanks! (Butterfuck? that’s a new one in my vocabulary)
2) I never went anywhere :( But you message made me smile. Cheers!
3) Jeez, is there no privacy in this web world? I mean, how did you even know.
4) How does ‘some’ look like?
5) I know people liking all kinds of stuff. Chewing on hair, touching slugs, eating those freaky jaffa cakes and dressing as babies. But turtle in a top hat is definitely going in the top 10 weird things ever liked, thank you.
6) Made from skin flakes. Also watercolor and usual card paper, too.
7) I shall investigate that.
Some new and fresh stuff from rainy London. This A2 watercolor paiting has been created using an easel - a birthday present from some awesome people. Must say that I haven’t used one of those stands since high school, and it felt pretty good. Also, who doesn’t like beards? They’re pretty much on everybody’s face these days, and I actually don’t mind that at all. I called this painting “The Bouquet Man”. Enjoy.
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I call it ‘a gentleman’s bouquet’. Photoshop.
A pretty large wall design I created for a rice and noodle bar that opened in Birmingham a couple of months ago. A pile of Asian food-inspired characters and snacks were sketched on paper, in Photoshop, then turned into separate vector objects and printed on a huge sticker base, later applied to the wall.
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Twin Peaks has been rewatched and enjoyed once again.
As a little tribute I decided to sketch out a couple of characters from the series and got a little carried away.
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