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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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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˜‰

Liebster Award, here’s Johnny!

I meant “Here I come!” – but that “Johnny”-thing sounded so dramatic, I couldn’t resist)) πŸ˜›

Recently I’ve been invited to take part in the blogging challenge called “Liebster Award” – a cool way for beginners *like me!* to declare themselves in the WordPress community and for all of us to get acquainted with interesting blogs all around the world. I was nominated by the charming Olivia – you need to check out her blog! Not because I just have to mention the person who nominated me, no – her journal is a real delight independently of that. A fan of coffee, books and stationery – she’s made her “Olive Garden” a super cozy place to hang out at! Therefore, don’t miss it πŸ™‚

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So, Liebster Award – what does it mean? It means I have to answer 10 questions Olivia came up with and then invent my own 10 questions for a few fellow bloggers to answer. Let the fun begin!

1 . How did receiving the Liebster Award make you feel?

It’s an award – seriously, AWARD – I felt great! πŸ™‚ Although that’s just an answer-question thing, but still – they named it right)) And now I have a badge – an award AND a badge! *dancing*

2. Why did you start blogging?

Three reasons: promotion, language practice and oh-my-life-is-so-boring-I-have-to-do-something!

3. What is your blogging inspiration?

Likes&comments – yeap, I’m that kind of person)) I like this feeling when I know that someone from the other corner of the world actually read my post) *or didn’t actually read it but still pressed “like” – that counts too)*

4 . What do you like to do when you have absolutely no other obligations?

Watch movies! I’m a big cinema-fan so a non-stop movie marathon is a perfect choice.)

5 . Who is your favorite fictional character?

That’s a tough one…) Remus Lupin, I guess.

6 . Which song would you choose as your life’s soundtrack?

Man, it gets harder and harder) How can I choose one song??) Let me think… Cat Power “The Greatest” – and I don’t know why) πŸ˜›

7 . What would you change about yourself if you could?

I’d get rid of my anxiety – it really exhausts me sometimes.

8 . What do you like about yourself?

My sense of humor) and… no, just that))

9 . What is the first thing on your bucket list?

Don’t really have it – not sure that there’s something out there I would hugely regret not doing… I’m boring) Visiting Iceland maybe?..

10 . Where is your happy place?

“My legacy” by Anastas Branica. *And if you haven’t read “Sitničarnica “Kod sreΔ‡ne ruke” by Goran PetroviΔ‡ you really should! Hope there’s english edition printed already*


Phew! Now it’s time for me to post my questions are here they are:

  1. How did you end up blogging? πŸ˜‰
  2. What inspires you to write posts?
  3. Do you see yourself still blogging in 3 years?
  4. Books or movies? Tom or Jerry? “Star Wars” or “The Lord of the Rings”?))
  5. What fictional character would you drink a cup of tea with?
  6. What period of history you would like to live in?
  7. What’s your ratio of virtual vs. real life?
  8. Where did you last travel to?
  9. Where do you want to travel in future?
  10. Describe your perfect morning.

I proudly nominate Kritika, Daniel, Amanda and Kevin to join me in this interesting challenge! Feel free to refuse but if you accept it I’ll eagerly wait for your answers and read them with great pleasure πŸ™‚ *and please leave a comment here whether you’re accepting the nomination or not*

Cheers!

Status

Ahoy!

I’m Zhe Vasylieva, Illustrator&Procrastinator – welcome to my blog! πŸ™‚

I draw cute monsters, collect childrens’ books and worship walnut ice cream. Sometimes I also create stuff with my bare hands – like crooked cookies or funny greeting cards. I’ve illustrated a couple of books for kids, lots of magazine spreads and now I’m exploring the world of stock vector illustration. Hope I won’t be too lazy to write about at least a bit of cool things I’m fond of – and hope you’ll enjoy reading about them!

So… Have fun! Or be boring – and still enjoy it! πŸ˜‰

Best wishes from Freelanceland,

Zhe.