At the end of October mushroom season is still going strong so here is an illustrated tribute to that! As usual, mushroom drawing is available in my Society 6 shop.
Society 6 is now offering mugs as well and recently they’ve also changed their tote bags design (for the better).
My motto for this month has been less talk more photo walks so without any further explanations here are a few pictures I took on my photo walks during first two weeks of October.
May love be at the heart of all you do is my latest illustration. It was done with acrylics, Sakura gelly rolls, uni-ball eye micro pen and Pilot G-TEC-C4 0.4 (my favorite pen ever) on 14″ x 20″ (35,5 x 51 cm) extra rough watercolor paper by FABRIANO ( my favorite paper ever). It took me about 15 hours to finish it and you can see some details of the illustration below:
During the last couple of months or so I’ve rediscovered the pure joy of painting. For me it means making simple, colorful abstract images and letting myself indulge in colors, textures and basic geometric shapes. I really love drawing characters, trees, flowers and cute houses but anytime I lose inspiration to do illustrative, figurative work I return to drawing (or in this case painting) abstracts. It reminds my soul why I feel in love with making art in the first place :)
So, during the course of last two months I have been diligently painting simple, minimalist abstracts and now I have few dozens of little paintings and prints done! I decided to share some of them with you and give you a peek into my abstract, colorful world :) And since I also love taking pictures I took this opportunity to play with different props and create fun and whimsical stages and backdrops for my art. I had such amazing time photographing my paintings I feel even more inspired not only to keep on painting but also to keep on taking pics and find new creative ways of presenting my art through photos.
Today I decided to skip FILM FRIDAY and share something different with you, a photo book Capturing light that Arlen Dean and I recently put together. You see, every time Arlen comes to visit me from California, in addition to making art together we also go on a lot of photo walks and take ton of pictures. So, we thought it would be fun to put together some of our photos taken during his visit this Summer into yet another joint photo book ( we did something similar last year with Postcards from Zagreb booklet). Unlike the last time he visited we didn’t take so many photos of Zagreb but we went on numerous photo walks around Zaprešič (a small town where I live) and took many pictures of landscapes, flowers, trees etc.
Since this Summer was extremely hot we would get up before sunrise to avoid heat and go for a photo walk near the local river, through fields, meadows and woods. This resulted in getting many photos of sunrise, pretty flowers, butterflies, ducks and such. I also took some self-portraits and Arlen took some pictures of me as well. After combing through thousands and thousands of photos we took, we chose around 40 images for the book. Most of those images you could’ve already seen on either mine or Arlen’s flickr.
You can preview the entire book in my Blurb bookstore.
Also, I thought it would be fun to shoot a video in which I share some of my favorite images and layouts from the book. Click below to watch it if you’d fancy hearing my slightly awkward English :) The whole video was improvised and a kind of a test for some potential future videos. At the end of it I got a little confused when simultaneously my neighbors started making noise and my camera battery was about to die :)
Oh, hello…seems that FILM FRIDAY is everything I’ve been posting here in lately, oooops. I might as well turn my site into analog photography blog, hehe :) Well, I won’t, more non-film post will appear sooner or later but for now I’ll be sharing more photos. All of the photos I’m posting today were taken with a borrowed Nikon N80, a really nice, user friendly SLR. As much as I enjoy using my cheap toy cameras sometimes it’s a refreshment to shoot with a camera that doesn’t actually suck :)
How has your week been? My has been incredibly busy and hectic but at the same time incredibly rewarding since I managed to get a ton of work done. I’ve been painting, drawing and print making all week and haven’t had much time for taking pictures so today I will share some photos taken during last couple of months. For last few months I’ve been carrying around my favorite toy camera everywhere I went, a cute, colorful ,stripey Superheadz Golden Half. I’ve been taking pictures of anything that caught my attention. What I love the most about the camera is that it captures two pictures within one frame (so you end up with 72 images on a 36 frames roll of film) and I can shoot whatever I like without feeling like I’m wasting film :) I also love the lo-fi look that this sweet toy camera produces.
Here are some bits and pieces of my lo-fi Summer: