Monday, July 13, 2015

sketches from Warsaw

I went to Warsaw a couple of weeks ago and efor some reasons I didn't feel like sketching at all so I only made a few rather lazy sketches. Mostly of people in the airport staring at their smartphones and tablets and toddlers who have better things to do that staring at the smarphones.
Also, it turns out that when I don't spend my holidays sketching obsessively I read more. And this is probably a good thing.








Tuesday, June 02, 2015

an update

Last couple of months have been very busy with illustrating and teaching I had to do and I haven't had much time to blog.

The Clairvoyants exhibition was on show at the Warsaw Book Fair. And here is my picture book character Ada enjoying the fact that so many people came to see her. I was very happy with the format Wydawnictwo Dwie Siostry chose for the exhibition, printing the artwork on huge posters and exhibiting it outdoors for people to enjoy and engage with it, instead of the traditional exhibition.
Here is more photos from the exhibition.

photo credit: Katarzyna Ławecka
photo credit: Wydawnictwo Dwie Siostry

Thursday, March 05, 2015

clairvoyants competition

Good news!!! My artwork have been shortlisted in the international competition for the picture book project Clairvoyants 2014. The competition was organised by a Polish publishing house Dwie Siostry and the winners and shortlisted artwork will be exhibited in Warsaw and Krakow soon.
As you can see Ada and her dragon friend are very happy to be included on the list of finalists. And I am as excited as they are. This was first time I wrote a picture book script in Polish, my first language, and I very much enjoyed being able to play with the words that way I cannot really when I write in English (even though the text has only two words per page - my new record!).

Ada rides a skateboard, builds constructions, searches for a hidden treasure and rules her own kingdom. She is an active and creative girl, sometimes a little bit naughty. The book is all about the empowerment, being able to create your own world, do whatever you want and be accepted for who you are (no matter what is your gender, age, race, nationality) . I guess I feel very strongly about the message it gives and this is why I am super excited about the shortlist.

For the results and to see the winning entries click here.

Congratulations to the winners, honorary mentions and other finalists!

Monday, February 23, 2015

lioness

I created this one a while a ago and I have no idea where it came from nor what it means.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

rain sketches


 
 Some quick character development sketches I made using paint drips I found in one of the studios in the art college. What I love most about the character development is that it is so unpredictible. The characters slowly come to life and they start making their own decisions that you wouldn't expect them to make. This little girl was supposed to be quite annoyed with the rain but she looks like she is having a good time. She might do a little dance on the next page. Or jump in the puddles.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Le Immagini della fantasia 32


We are not even half way through January so I thought I would post something summery and cheerful. Just to distract myself from what is happening outside of my studio window at the moment.

I have already blogged a sneaky peak here.  A tematic secion of this year's edition of Le Immagini della fantasia was dedicated to Scotland and a part of it was exhibition of illustrations for a poem by Vivian French - 12 Months of Scotland. 12 illustrators were invited to create an illustration for each mont. My month was August so it involved capturing the Edinburgh festival atmosphere with all the music, colour, movement and crowds of people on the streets.

Other illustrators involved in the project: Anine Bösenberg, Laura Clark, Laura Darling, Hannah Foley, Jonathan Gibbs, Alexander Jackson, Cate James, Amy Johnston, Philip Longson, Kate McLelland andEilidh Muldoon.

And more details about the project and Le immagini della fantasia.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

happy christmas


Happy holidays everyone, and all the best for 2015!

And here comes my first New Year's resolution: no more cute animals on skis on this blog.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Lupo & Olimp

A small commission I've worked on recently - a seasonal card for a company selling clothes for dachshunds - Lupo&Olimp . The research for the project was lots of fun as it involved going through hundreds of photos of two adorable dachshunds - Lupo and Olimp. I totally fell in love with them. Check out the website - they look particularly awesome running through the snow in their stylish coats. Teaching the dachshunds how to ski was a little bit of a challenge but they seem to be doing well.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

gustav

A few quick sketches of my dog Gustav. He doesn't really get the idea of life modelling so drawing him is a little bit of a challenge.