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Happy New Year 2012!

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Happy New Year for 2012! For me this year was about getting settled here in Macedonia, and getting used to a new routine.

After university I felt really overwhelmed, I wondered if I would ever have the commitment to work with the same dedication as I had for that final frantic year. It also showed me the importance of having balance in life, and hopefully I’ll never burn myself out like that again. Since then I had to slowly build up my confidence, learn new skills and really think about what I wanted. By the end of last year, I had finally regained my confidence, but what follows is a matter of hard work.

While I wasn’t able to accomplish every goal I set myself, I was able to prove to myself that I could work independently as an artist, full-time. At the end of the year, it’s time for me to think again about what I want from life, and set new challenges for myself. I hope all of you find the confidence to believe in yourself and strive towards your own goals.

Have a great year!

 

Happy Holidays

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Here’s some sweet cat love for Christmas from Pusheen the cat. I hope you all get to enjoy the activities above, especially getting to spending time with you family. Wishing you all the best for Christmas.

New Artwork: Siren

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New artwork in my portfolio.

“This work was inspired the Japanese folktales of ghosts (yūrei), and in particular those of vengeful spirits (onryō).
These ghosts are inevitably female, defined by their distinctive white kimono, and long tangled black hair.
Although originating in the Edo period, the “Japanese ghost” continues to remain a staple of popular culture. While contemporary horror such The Ring and The Grudge has helped to popularize the stereotype in the West.”

This work took about a month and a half to complete.

Here’s a short look at the of making this work: Siren: Linework in Progress, and  Siren: Coloring in Progress.

Any comments are welcome.

Siren: Coloring in Progress

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Edit: This work has been completed.

With the work neatly inked you’ve got the difficult part done (check out my previous post for details). The rest of the coloring process is easier, but it’s also time-consuming and a little boring. For me the steps are invariably the same: basic coloring combined with shading. And finally highlights and light effects work their magic to complete the work.

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Links: My Student Work on Deviantart and Photosynth

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If any of you have accounts and are interested in following me I do have an account on Deviantart under the name OrigamiCupcake, which includes a lot of my student work not featured on this site. It’s mostly traditional works like drawing, painting and sculpture.

For my final year piece in university I actually created the entire installation, above, out of sculptures and found objects. You can take a closer look on the Photosynth site, which joins multiple images together to create interactive panoramas. My installation, Revelations, had two parts; a black room and a white room. I hope you take a look ^^

I’d also be interested to know any reader’s Deviantart account details. Just leave me a message.

Siren: Linework in Progress

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Edit: This work has been completed.

After finishing Kitsune, I decided to continue the supernatural theme with another work based on traditional Japanese ghost stories. My original idea was to draw a kappa lady, but this was changed to the ghost of a drowned woman instead. The scene is that the drowned woman in trying to drag a girl into the river.
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New Artwork: Kitsune

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New artwork in my portfolio.

“In Japanese myth foxes who live long lives can acquire supernatural powers. Over time they grow extra tails, until they have nine.
These fox spirits are tricksters, who might pocess young women.
They also have the ability to appear human, and there are stories of men you have fallen in love and even married foxes only to realize later that they were deceived.”

You can see some close-ups and images of the work in progress on the same page.

This work took about a month and a half to complete.

Here’s an in depth look at the making of this work: Work in Progress OneTwoThreeFourFive and Six.

Any comments are welcome.

Onsen: Work in Progress 6

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Edit: This work has been completed under the name Kitsune.

For my new work I’m giving you a glimpse behind the scenes at the way I work, step by step.
Here’s links if you’re interested in the whole process: Work in Progress OneTwoThreeFourFive and Six.

At this stage I’m adding the final light effects and finishing off the work.

You can check out more of my work in progress here.

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Onsen: Work in Progress 5

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Edit: This work has been completed under the name Kitsune.

For my new work  I’m giving you a glimpse behind the scenes at the way I work, step by step.
Here’s links if you’re interested in the whole process: Work in Progress OneTwoThreeFourFive and Six.

At this stage I’m adding shadows to the work.

You can check out more of my work in progress here.

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Onsen: Work in Progress 4

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Edit: This work has been completed under the name Kitsune.

For my new work I’m giving you a glimpse behind the scenes at the way I work, step by step.
Here’s links if you’re interested in the whole process: Work in Progress OneTwoThreeFourFive and Six.

At this stage I’m adding the basic color.

You can check out more of my work in progress here.

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