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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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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˜›

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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The Thing about the Thing for Things

First of all I have to tell you: I don’t learn from my mistakes.

Brain: “Let’s make something quick and easy, Zhe!”

Hands: “Of course! How about this strange thing to contain other strange things to put on the shelf with the previous strange things we’ve made? And let’s cover ourselves in glue and paint, yay!”

Whatever.

So i’ve decided to reuse my old hand cream jar. Here it is.

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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!

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The Flare of Nostalgia and One Blue Giraffe

Meet Arnold – my crazy pet giraffe. Quite a low-maintenance pet, I gladly admit. πŸ˜‰ Small, silent and not picky in food – the perfect helper) But what does he help me with, you ask?

It’s been a couple of days since my last post so my day started anxiously: I need to write something, but what? Since my creative personal projects are still on New-Year-and-other-winter-holidays pause and my work commission’s still in progress – so nothing to show yet – I’ve decided to call to mind some of the things I’m already *and STILL!)* kinda proud of: my handmade stuff. πŸ™‚

Making handmade greeting cards has always been a dream and pleasure for me. Although I didn’t manage to develop this hobby into a high profitable business I still don’t loose hope to do it someday πŸ˜‰ *somewhere, over the rainbow…))* It’s not actual scrapbooking, it’s not very neat and tidy *ok, sometimes it’s just sloppy))* – but that was something I really tried to put my soul into – so I hope you can find a tiny sloppy bit of me in every card πŸ™‚

That’s just a quick glance on my handmade stuff – most of my cards can be found in my good old Livejournal – but it’s in ukrainian.) however, photos don’t need translation, I guess πŸ˜‰


 

Wait, so what’s up with Arnold? πŸ™‚ Does he hold the paper while I’m trying to cut in cleanly? Is he really good with color combinations? Can he tie perfect bows? Well, I can tell you how he helps me. He’s such a cute weirdo – he inspires me, everyday. But shhh, it’s a professional secret. πŸ˜‰