12 January 2017

the throwback photo

Since it's Thursday, today's post will fit just right with the TBT tag. A fellow artist and dear friend (seriously, you should check her art) asked me to help her with a different-kind of portrait for her dad's birthday. Now, I've worked with photos from which I drew all the features I needed to recreate the characters, then I've imagined a story around them based on their descriptions, moments, likes or places they loved going to. But this time, I've had to recreate a moment after a specific photo, set back all the way into the late 80's, early 90's. I've done this type of throwback portrait before, but this one struck a cord with me, since I could relate so easily with it. I think everyone locally, can do that as well.

The throwback photo - custom portrait - watercolour on paper | 29,7x21 cm

And here's the inspiration photo next to the drawing. Photo courtesy of the sweet Nicoleta Stoian.

09 January 2017

the wedding portrait

I've made some unconventional wedding portraits in the past, and surely enough, some unconventional wedding invitations designs, but I've never painted a proper groom suit and bride dress before. And surely enough, it was a challenge. Getting white lace on a white gown and all that on top of white paper is no easy task. But I pulled through and this is the result. And with these firsts I also wanted to try out a colourful background with white floral/ foresty details, to contrast the dress a bit.

 The paper wedding - custom portrait - watercolour on paper | 28,3x21 cm

  • theme: wedding, nature, long veil
  • colour: white, Persian blue, green

05 January 2017

rainbow tattoo design

Happy New Year everyone! 

It truly is a new beginning and also the start of a new chapter for this blog of mine. I've gathered so many wonderful illustrations and projects from the past couple of months and they've closed the year of 2016 with sense of joy and fulfilment.

Watercolour rainbow - tattoo illustration - watercolour on paper | 16x12 cm

I wanted to kick things off with something so colourful to make up for these white days of January. This illustration is a tattoo design for a very artistic and colourful friend and I think it represents her entirely. And we nailed it from the first take so the art is already under the skin. I can't wait to show you the end results.

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