Halloween : fun monsters and a spooky spider

October 31, 2017

I took some time between projects to participate in the 
Halloween themed drawings/ sketching on Instagram. 
I now wish I made more monsters as it turned  out to be 
the most fun.

Happy Halloween!



I will get back to it next year for sure!

Fun patterns : new notebooks

October 20, 2017

I had so much fun with the last week's "Leo and butterflies" painting 
that I needed to make a coordinating pattern! 

Both designs made fun covers for notebooks 
that you can find in my <Etsy shop>.

Pattern fun

Hand made notebooks

New : a painting and prints

October 13, 2017

I finished a new painting this week and 
added two new art prints to my shop

Leo and butterflies

Leo and butterflies prints are in

Blue ghost prints are in

Book illustration  : characters

October 9, 2017

I am taking Lilla Rogers' illustration class and this is the first week's assignment.

I have decided to write about this class and my experience on the blog, 
because first of all I need to talk things over with myself 
and see the overall picture better.
And I invite you to read my ramblings and see the behind the scenes 
bits and pieces!

book illustration

First week of the 5-week class was about developing the main character for the story. 
I selected to work on a story about a little turtle searching the moon light. 
It has a lot for imagination, and what I like the most that there are countless 
possibilities to illustrate landscapes, seascapes, forests and all kinds of plants and flowers. 

The text is written by Zoe Tucker, one of the class instructor and an art director. 

I am going to share my final submission for each week as well as work-in-progress pictures. 
I will be working on certain techniques and hopefully come up with a way that is 
most suitable for my style. 

So, first of all, I have decided to start with a mini sketch/painting of a general view 
and to see what colors would work for this story and what ideas
would pop up in my mind.
I let the objects and characters work on themselves, 
talk to each other and have their own life.
This is how my brain works, apparently. 

Even though this is week's piece has been submitted to the gallery, 
I already see what I want to change. 
I start learning to have a clearer image in my mind 
and it is big step forward.
So, back to work and see you next time with the new illustration to this story!

Before and after

October 6, 2017

I really like to see when artists show how their style changed/progressed 
over the years. Not many people share these things, though.

First years of student work could be something to hide or destroy. 
I cleaned my studio space recently and threw away boxes of old papers. 
I kept only a small stack and some sketchbooks that contain ideas
that I can re-use somehow later.

But it was fun to compare my two works on a same subject.

Graphite and watercolor on paper, 2013.

I have been interested in this human/abstract/fantasy nature mixture
and attempted to draw this robot head, struggling with 
the medium, color and the story. 
I have found my medium.
The color is ever changing, but it is not a foreign language anymore. 
The story is always here, I just need to tune in.


Acrylic on paper, 2017.