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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™‚

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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˜›

My Top-5 of inspiring children’s book illustrators

Responding to Daily Post’s Prompt “The Satisfaction of a List


What’s hiding under your bed? Slippers? Phone chargers? Monsters? Whatever that is, I can tell you for sure there’s no place for this stuff under my sofa… No, I’m not that neat and tidy. It’s just that all the space is filled with BOOKS.

Yeah, I know, some of you may faint after hearing of the way I store my treasures, but I have a reason for that.

I’ve been living in 2 cities at once for quite a while now – traveling constantly between my boyfriend and my parents’ places. My parents have a huge library and there’s simply no space for me to put my books on shelves. And there’s no point in buying a separate bookcase for me in my rental apartment in another city. So all my books are just hiding there in packages and waiting for Their Own Bookcase. *Guys, don’t loose hope, it’ll happen – someday!)*

The Daily Post prompted the idea of making a list – and I couldn’t ignore it. As long as I’m in my rental apartment now and don’t have access to my treasure chest, I’ve decided not to show the books themselves but to write about people behind them – artists in particular. Because wonderful illustrators are the main cause of my obsession with children’s books and they are definitely the reason I’m gonna sleep on a huge pile of paper instead of a comfy sofa any time soon.

So how about Top-5 of children’s book illustrators who inspire me the most?

1. Sven Nordqvist – my absolute hero and #1. I have all the “Pettson and Findus” books I could find in my native language and I can examine them for hours. When I think about the illustrator I want to be his name immediately pops in my head. That small hidden stories, dynamics, humor, that coziness and attention to detailsΒ  – well, he’s just the best for me.

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2. Inna Chernyak – my mentor, my colleague, my friend πŸ™‚ Awesome illustrator from my country – Ukraine – however she has illustrated lots of books in different languages printed in different countries so you could have seen them in bookstores nearby πŸ˜‰ I’m simply in love with her style and her funny characters!

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3. Emilia Dziubak – I don’t own her book yet but it’s just a matter of time πŸ˜‰ And I don’t even care which one! I want them all ^_^ The richness of colors, lots of cute characters, creative composition, humor and imagination – I can go on and on and on)

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4. Oliver Jeffers – a constant reminder that you don’t really have to paint like Michelangelo to create an awesome book.) Simple colors, simple style – everything seems simple, but… you just can’t resist the charm, can you? πŸ˜‰

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5. Β Chris Haughton – another great artist with “simple” style. However I guess that his love for bright and sometimes insane color combinations makes him stand out πŸ˜‰ Breathtaking plot, tension, suspense – I’m not joking, that books actually feel like drama movies!)) By the way, is it all right to dream of having a pink dog? πŸ˜‰

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So these are some of the people that actually make me wanna draw and create books. And some other people make me cook dinners so I guess I’ll sally forth the supermarket to get some food! And let’s just hope there will be no bookstores on my way πŸ™‚