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Back on track!

Yeap, I haven’t posted here for a while – actually there were 2 months of silence, wow! I haven’t even looked through the feed – and same with Twitter, Behance… All my creative social networks were put on hold. Why? The reason is quite simple… I WAS LAZY.) πŸ˜› Ok, not just lazy but also busy, tired, exhausted – but mostly lazy. And I don’t really like the effect my laziness is doing on me so I guess I’ll try to organize myself more – that was #3 in my New Year Resolutions and it’s been 6 month of 2016 already so I’d better start DOING things πŸ˜‰

In my last post I was talking about participating in Arsenal Book Festival 2016 – and I did it! It was kinda fun but I have to admit that this year’s festival was too stressful and exhausting for me so I’m not actually sure I will try to get in next year. There were some issues with organization and preparation – in the end I was so tired of lack of sleep and lots of people that I started to simply giveaway my stuff – and that’s never a good sign πŸ˜‰ I’ve managed to beat off the costs and earn a bit but still it was too big of a stress.

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There’s me – all happy and inspired)) My friend took this photo secretly, I wasn’t prepared!

Another public event I took part in was the 2016 Kyiv Comic Con – and THAT was fun! I didn’t have a table there – still I participated in the comics contest. And you know what? I WON! πŸ˜€ ))) That was a huge surprise: I didn’t expect it and literally stood speechless for a minute or two when the judges announced my name. My comics was printed in almanac and I won a cool graphic tablet! I was in shock for a few days after that and – believe it or not – haven’t even tried the tablet yet! Guess I still think it was just a dream)

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The comics tells the story of a poor tired freelance illustrator – ME.)) πŸ˜›

As for another success – I’ve managed to finish a rather big work project I’ve taken in May – so yay! (I’m not sure I can show you anything.) However I’ve already plunged into another long-going one so..) No vacation for me! Well, no, I’m happy I’m working, but I feel such an urge to do some personal art right now that I really can’t wait for this project to be over, haha. πŸ˜› There are 34 large illustrations, about 60 of small ones… I’ve created 3 large ones so far so the end is near! *cries* Meanwhile I try to find at least a bit of time to draw something out of my head – and that’s how I rediscovered colored pencils. I enjoy drawing with them so much! I have 12 of Raffine (<3) and 36 of Faber-Castell (school edition – baaaaad) and I really want to buy more! More and more and more…) But I have to control myself. The plan is to sell at least one drawing and spend earned money on new stuff. So I’d better start drawing πŸ˜‰

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I just draw houses all the time πŸ˜‰

That’s all for today – but I really hope I’ll write here more often. Meanwhile I’d be happy to know how you’ve been doing – so, is there anyone here? πŸ™‚

Postcards and panic

Okay, it seems that I’ve finally buried my hopes of posting interesting DIY-projects weekly, so let’s just forget about it..)) However the idea of Insane-freelance-illustrator-what’s-up-list has a chance to stick because today I’m doing the second post of my what’s-up-stuff! I’ve been very busy lately procrastinating doing all the commissions and panicking preparing for the Arsenal Book Festival *I got in, yay!* but now I have a couple of minutes to breathe out and tell you what’s up with Zhe? πŸ™‚

1. Three days ago *ok, I’ve started writing this post a few days back so that’s not true – it’s nine days now))* I celebrated my birthday! I’m not a fan of huge parties and all of the attention to my humble person, so I’ve just had some champagne with my best friend at 10 AM *check!*, then walked around the city without any apparent reason and came home for a nice and warm b-day dinner with my sister and parents. My sister baked a cake for me shaped as Captain America’s shield!))) Well, it was a very nice day)

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My not-so-usual Saturday breakfast πŸ˜‰

2. What’s next… I’ve printed the first 2 packs of my postcards! I’ve managed to squeeze two of my designs into the huge batch made for offset printing so now I have 500 cards of cats and dogs!

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How am I going to sell them all??!))

That sounds – and looks! – insane for me) But that brings me to the next point…

4. I finally got accepted to take part in the Arsenal Book Festival 2016! I’m happy and worried at the same time. Happy because I get a free entrance *haha* and worried because I don’t know what to sell!))) *laughs and cries and laughs and cries* Seriously.) Well, except for the cards from the previous paragraph – just because I already have them) However, few days ago I suddenly realized I don’t want to print all that stuff I printed last year – even including the “sequels”. I can’t treat Arsenal only as a marketplace – I need to surprise people! Make new cool stuff and show my creative progress year by year. That decision immediately created a huge problem in my mind but still I’m gonna stick with it. I have a few new ideas already but almost no time to implement them – but I’ll definitely try. Tiny sneak peek: there will be monsters!)) πŸ™‚

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It’s not the monster I’m gonna create, but I just thought a small monster visualization is needed πŸ˜‰

5. Ok, now I need the 5th point again… Oh, I know! I painted a wall yesterday!)) I mean, not like with solid color but with a cute pattern – and it’s a wall in the new bookshop! So that’s a double delight. πŸ˜‰ It was my first experience in painting walls with patterns and I frankly admit: I suck at it.)) I wasn’t able to set up the projector properly so had to design pattern part by part – and ended up with an uneven ornament.(( But I hope the visitors will see the whole picture and not some specific imperfections) The bookshop will open in a week so I’m not gonna show you pictures now – but I’ll definitely show the whole design of the place later! Can’t wait to see everything together. πŸ™‚

Luckily, I’ve managed to fill all 5 points so no pangs of conscience for me today!) just another night full of work-work-work – and hopes that great things are coming! And I know they are. πŸ˜‰

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Arsenal Book Festival 2015. Nostalgia.)

Ok, today’s a sh*tty day so I desperately need to think about something nice. x_x

And as everybody in the international illustrative community keeps talking about Bologna Book Fair, I thought it would be nice to recall that one and only book festival I actually took part in – Ukrainian Arsenal Book Festival – since Bologna is still a big pink dream for me πŸ˜‰ Besides, I keep calling to mind my festival experience these days as I’ve already sent an application to participate this year also, yay! This Book Festival is a really big thing in Ukraine so – fingers crossed! Obviously, every free minute I have is spent thinking of all the fun stuff I can make&sell this year – perfect time to recall all the fun stuff I made&sold last year, right? πŸ™‚

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So, everything started with preparing my products) As always, I’ve managed to print everything just the day before the start of the Festival – I really have to be more organized this time) *if I get in, of course!)) I’m just too optimistic)))* I thought the pile was huge – however I had to print more during the Festival, it was a big surprise!

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And here’s my table! I’ve made a cute bee to stand out among all the artists and I really want to use it this year also) *still optimistic))* Because it’s cuuuute! And there’s my name on it πŸ˜‰ As you can see I’ve printed a bunch of greeting card designs and bookmarks + brought some handmade stuff I got left. But the real surprise and success were….

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…the PU-U-UPS! ^_^ I had to print more and more of them several times – guess, this year *oh, come on!))* I’ll have to print cats also, but shhh, it’s a secret! πŸ˜‰ Basically it’s a paper figure scheme of a funny dog, 6 different designs – nothing too complicated) But kids – and not only kids! – loved them!)) It was so amazing to see random people smiling as they looked at my table – guess, it is the greatest reward for my work πŸ™‚

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Moreover, I had to hold a master-class during the Festival – it was a nightmare, but, I guess, a useful one) Actually, I don’t remember much about it, I was too nervous)) And yeap, that’s me trying to animateΒ Malevich’s black square – don’t ask))

So, in brief, that 5 days of the Festival were VERY exhausting …and VERY cool!)) This year the participation fee actually doubled *oh cruel world…*, but still I have that strange irresistible urge to take part. So I hope I’ll eventually get in – wish me luck πŸ™‚

But as I wait for the answer, I guess I’ll return to my ordinary commissions, because as the say “business before pleasure“! Or maybe cup of tea before sleep? πŸ˜‰ That definitely sounds better! πŸ˜›

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Oscar night!

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I know I’ve been away for quite a while – forgot all about Fri-DIY and other fun blogging plans… But I’ve been traveling back and forth these weeks and had a lot of work to do so I was too tired to even think of the next post’s topic. Yeah, eventually I’ve cut myself some slack *is that the right phrase to use? sorry if not!* and decided to transform my weekly challenge into the when-i-have-enough-time-and-inspiration thing, and today I have neither. x_X Besides I’ve been awake whole night long watching Oscars 2016 ceremony *it starts at 2 AM if you’re in Ukraine as I am* so that only added up to my squeezed-lemon mood. However, it was a fun night – I really enjoy watching Red Carpet and Ceremony, that’s like my favorite tradition since I was little. πŸ™‚ All that dresses..) By the way, this year was a bit dull in fashion for me so no favorite Oscar dress *except for Naomi Watts’ maybe..)*

But Oscars are not only about dresses for me. I loooove predicting the winners. And yes, I terrrrribly suck at it! πŸ˜› But I still love to do it every year without the slightest trace of shame πŸ˜‰ I’ve been a responsible girl this time and watched 11 movies of 22 nominated *I mean only feature films* so I definitely had my favorites. The biggest revelation for me was “Room”: amazing cast, powerful screenplay, great directing. I’m very happy that Brie Larson received the award in the Best Actress nomination – I really liked her since I’ve seen “Short Term 12”, another great movie. And Jacob Tremblay…) The cutest little talent I’ve ever seen πŸ™‚ And the main word here – talent.

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So that was my first favorite. Well, maybe not the first, but one of πŸ™‚ ‘Cause we all know the first one πŸ˜‰ I considered Leonardo DiCaprio a great actor since I’ve first seen “What’s eating Gilbert Grape” movie. He was amazing. And there are lots of other movies apart from “Titanic” that prove he knows what to do on screen) I don’t think that Hugh Glass was his best role, but one of the most powerful for sure. Well. we all know he’s just deserved it. πŸ˜‰ And speaking of “Revenant”, another favorite for me – Emmanuel Lubezki. That gorgeous nature and chasing and diving and don’t let me even start on “Birdman”! So woohoo, that’s a great win! At least something I guessed right πŸ˜‰

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There was another nomination I had high hopes for but unfortunately it didn’t work out. I’m talking about Johann Johannsson and his awesome “Sicario” soundtrack. But first of all: Emily Blunt in this movie is AWESOME. And now back to Oscars πŸ˜‰ *Why wasn’t she nominated anyway? Eh..* When I first heard the “Beast” tune from “Sicario” I immediately felt I’m gonna love this movie. And I did. Superb acting combined with harsh reality portrayal – it was a mix just right for my gloomy late winter mood. And apart from Blunt-Brolin-Del Toro’s great acting that musical theme was truly the best part of it. Yeap, it still gives me the chills.) However the award went to Ennio Morricone – and frankly I can’t blame people at the Academy for it. Well, it’s Ennio! πŸ˜‰ So let’s just hope that there’s more to come from Johann – and someday he’ll definitely win!

So that were my favorite Oscar nominees and winners – and I’m really looking forward to hear about yours!)) Was “Spotlight” really the Best Picture for you? Do you think that Hugh Glass is DiCaprio’s best performance? And are you as afraid of the “Beast” as I am?)))

I’d be glad to read your comments! πŸ™‚

What’s up? :P

I missed last week’s Fri-DIY – sorry! – so I feel like I have to write something today. My Commision Hell Days transformed into weeks, I’m tired and exhausted and I have lots of work to do this evening – but no, no excuses! So, say hello to the one and only Insane-freelance-illustrator-what’s-up-list! And yes, sometimes it’s shorter than the title)) But at least not this time, phew! So, what’s up with Zhe? πŸ˜‰

1 . My second interview was published online! It’s in Ukrainian, but you can still check out the pictures πŸ˜‰ And here’s the first one – just in case) Oh my, I am a braggart!) ^_^

2 . I finally finished my children’s magazine monthly commission: somehow I wasn’t able to force myself to work for 4 or 5 days – even with the whole illustration envisioned in my head. It happens sometimes and I hate it! But luckily I was able to get it done on time – can’t show you anything, sorry) But I’m so relieved!

3 . However I can show you this instead – my first solo linocut print! The first attempt to do it alone at home and I can clearly see lots of flaws – but now I know for sure that it’s something I definitely want to improve myself in. It’s not an easy process but sooo relaxing…)

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4 . Back to work commission again) But a fun one! So, recently I’ve been asked to draw the logo for the most wonderful client I could imagine – the owner of the BOOK STORE! *yaaaaaaay!* I don’t think I have to explain why I was so excited to do it πŸ˜‰ You can check out the result on the book store’s FB page or it’s site) Understandably I got a little drifted away and created not only the logo but all the patterns, cards and bookmarks – and it actually looks so cool)) Can’t wait to see all the printed stuff with my own eyes!

5 . And I really need the 5th point just to make a perfectionist in me happy – even if I have no more news to share))

So that’s it for today) And what’s up with you? πŸ˜‰

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Three Day Quote Challenge. The Final Day!

I don’t know if I manage to post Fri-DIY today – my excuses are confidential but reasonable, trust me – but at least I can post the final quote on my blogging Quote Challenge. So, without further ado…)

Italy will return to the splendors of Rome, said the major. I don’t like Rome, I said. It is hot and full of fleas. You don’t like Rome? Yes, I love Rome. Rome is the mother of nations. I will never forget Romulus suckling the Tiber. What? Nothing. Let’s all go to Rome.

Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms”

And I have nothing to add. πŸ˜‰