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Little Red Riding Hood – 2

16 May

Another technique that I learned this month through my online illustration course is masking taping your characters.

We’re still onto Little Red Riding Hood, so I started with the wolf. I had an idea in my head of what pose he should be in, so there he was. The technique was much fun.

Then for the following 2 days I stared at my wolf, trying to figure out what to do with him next. So I added the ground.

And then the Little Red Riding Hood.

And then the shadows.

And then I decided I definitely like this illustration. It turned out really well 🙂


Spot Illustrations for the “Princess Frog” Fairy Tale

3 Feb

I enrolled into a year-long online course with Carla Sonheim. Each month we will be illustrating a new book, and the first is a Russian fairy tale “The Princess Frog”. Being a Russian, I know this one very well, so at first it was somewhat hard to brush off the preconceived ideas of what the characters are “supposed” to look like.

Oh, and a spot illustration is an illustration that doesn’t stand on its own, occupying a full page – but rather is usually tacked in a corner of a page or something.

And I got sooooo inspired! I got six already!

“The youngest, the brave Tsarevitch Ivan, had the ill luck to send his arrow into the midst of a swamp, where it was caught by a croaking frog.”

“How can I marry a frog?” complained the son. “Never mind,” replied his father, “you have to marry the frog, for such is evidently your destiny.”

“The Tsarevitch Ivan returned home. There was no smile on his face, and cloudy was his brow, more cloudy than before. “C-R-O-A-K! C-R-O-A-K! Tsarevitch, my dear husband, why so sad? Hast thou heard anything unpleasant at the palace?”


“Vassilissa, when she came back, searched for the skin, and when she could not find it her beautiful face grew sad and her bright eyes filled with tears.”


“But the man continued, gently: “But I pity thee and want to help thee. Here is a magic ball. In whatever direction this ball rolls, follow without fear.”

I found my creativity!

17 Jan

I started this blog a year ago as part of my New Year’s resolution to re-discover my creativity. Looking back at 2013, I think I’ve succeeded! See for yourself.

For a while in the beginning of the year, I was a part of a 365 group – a sketch a day. Mostly, I sketched fellow passengers in the streetcar on the way to/from work, but there are other sketches, too. In any case, I love figure-drawing the most, I think.

For a few Fridays, I participated in the Illustration Friday project (and am considering doing so again this year). The way it works there, every Friday a new topic is chosen – and everyone submits their illustrations on the topic. So fun!

Here’s “Myth”:

Myth: Medusa Gorgona

And this is “Wool”:


I also participated in 7-week long art-journal project , where each week there were fun tasks like blowing watercolours onto a page through a straw, using collage techniques, etc.

Collage: I Can’t Sea

Collage: Unicycle

I took a 3-month long illustration class in a local college. There were plenty of interesting tasks, but the course-long project was the creation of three illustrations under one topic. Mine was “Infertility”:

Infertility: Discovery

Infertility: Depression


Infertility: Breaking Out

I went to the best college in terms of art education in Toronto for an illustration course – theirs was much, much better. I created red and white wine labels:

Red Wine label: “Her Highness Malbec”

White Wine Label: His Excellency Riesling


I created an illustration based on newspaper headline “How Obama Can Use Pressure to Bring Peace”

How Obama Can Use Pressure to Bring Peace

I also created an illustration about the scandalous Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford and an American Tourist (random pairing):

Rob Ford and an American Tourist

And these all were created in 3 weeks! It was an intense course with only 4 classes!

I also attended a couple of art parties, where you get together with friends, drink wine – and paint. One had almost now instruction, other was pretty good with instruction. Both were acrylic-based.

I drew an illustration to support the local daycare (which the city was trying to close):

I made an effort to “understand” watercolours:

Quebec-City in Winter

My Copy of an Illustration from a Children’s Book “Snow”

Somewhere in Iceland

I started keeping a travelogue in my sketchbook. Los Angeles:

Swimming Pool in the Infamous Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Breakfast at the Hotel’s Diner

Diner in Los Angeles

Here are a few spreads from my Newfoundland, Canada trip:

View from Our Porch. Flatrock, Newfoundland, Canada

Three Ladies in the Cafeteria of the Rooms Museum in St. Johns, Newfoundland

Sloped Streets of St. John, Newfoundland

And here are a few spreads from our family vacation in Mexico:

Mexico: Mezcal Copy from a Photograph in a Picture Book about Mexico

Mexico: La Hacienda, Volkswagen Bug, Sunny Square


Mexico: people stranded in a cafe on a rainy day

Mexico: Beach Bag

I illustrated a book about Real Estate. here’s one of the illustrations:

And there you have it. My 2013 in a nutshell.

I am planning to keep on going with my reunion with creativity in 2014 – hopefully I will have more to be proud of a year from now!


Illustration Class – Homework Assignment

3 Jun

As I’ve mentioned, I am taking another illustration class right now, and the first homework assignment was creating an illustration for a newspaper headline (we were provided with a few choices).

Here’s my illustration. Do you recognize the guy? The headline is below the illustration, just to give you the opportunity to soak it in first, without the influence of the words 🙂

How can Obama use pressure to bring peace


“Snow” – watercolour Illustration

22 Mar

As a way of learning new techniques, I decided to copy an illustration from my son’s book “Snow” with wonderful illustrations by Uri Shulevitz.

I also decided to limit my colour palette to three colours: Burnt Sienna, Medium Yellow, and Cerulean Blue.

The original illustration is much more gray, wintery – I guess different colours were used, but I am fairly certain that he also used only three colours.

I like the result The photo made it more blueish… the original is greenish)

Infertility. The Empty Crib.

18 Mar

Second board for my illustration project “Infertility” (you can see the first one here): “The Empty Crib”

Infertility. Sticky, paralyzing discovery

7 Mar

This is the first frame (out of three) for my themed project “infertility”.

This woman has just found out that yet again, after so many attempts, she’s still not pregnant… or maybe that she’s infertile and will never be able to conceive… or maybe she has just discovered she had an early miscarriage… she is paralyzed. She is defined now by this emptiness, this void, this disability that is cocooning her from the world around her.