Tuesday, 30 June 2015

New Journal: Trip to Amsterdam

Hi guys!


It is finally the time to reveal the Amsterdam inspired journal that I have to create for a mother of one of my clients. She loved the view of colourful houses she saw in Amsterdam while traveling and so her son decided to give her a memorable gift of a place they both went together. Isn't that amazing how caring some children can be?
I took this picture as an inspiration for a water reflection and the other picture you see bellow was a colour scheme choice of my client. 
He wanted the street view, but I understood that the only way it will work on a vertical portrait format is a water reflection. First of all this will make the composition right and second I was itching to try and make my very first water reflection on polymer clay. I knew it was possible so I challenged myself to do it!

This again was one of these projects that won't look right from the very beginning until almost very end. I did stress a lot and constantly asked for guidance from my trusted clay friends and Ash. He might not know a lot about clay, but as an artist he could tell me if something looked right or wrong. So as you can see, first I had a very childish beginning where my houses looked so funny and when Ashley came into the room he said : "Ooou! Beach huts scene! Nice".. I slapped myself on the forehead and told him that this will be a nightmare of a project :) 

I tried hard and I used textures, shapes, forms, vegetation, flower beds, but without a paint work this artwork still looked like a kids design. I decided that I will complete it no matter how it will look. I just have to trust the guiding spirit! 
It was nice to discover in the process some simple but very effective techniques for creating multiple windows with complicated frames and how to texturise a miniature trees. 
As you can see on the picture bellow, I used Dots & Scratches tool for the trees and I used some rectangular cardboard pieces to press them into the clay. When you pull the off clay, you get a lovely even square imprint. And to make it look even more detailed, I searched for something that has a square type section. It happened to be a simple match :) And so I pressed it into each window multiple times to create window frames and small window sections. That was a lot of fun and eased the process of sculpting very much!













I couldn't wait to start the painting as all my hopes relayed on it! 


And finally when the journal was finished I could see that it worked out well. Especially if you look at it from a little bit of a distance, it looks like a painting and this made me really happy!

And here are some larger close up shots. Click on these to zoom in. Especially the close ups as you will then see more details, like a little bike under the tree for example. I loved making it so much. It is only 8mm long.




























Thank you so much for reading, 
I always appreciate your input and comments, otherwise why would I bother writing and showing all this? This if for you :) 

Thank you, 





Journal: White Shepherd Dog A5

Hello everyone! 

I've been quite busy working on custom orders and other projects and I said I will be away from social media and internet for a while, but it seems like this is not happening. I am here, writing this post :) 

I would like to show you some work in progress of my German Shepherd Dog Journal in A5 size. It is still not finished, but I managed to finish the front cover, so can show it off. Sorry for iPhone quality pictures. As I said, professional ones will come sometime later. 



















So I begun with tracing the outline of the dog's head onto white clay. I used creaseproof paper as I didn't have a proper tracing paper. I figured this way it will be tidier than trying to draw, cut, smudge imperfections on white clay. You know how tricky it is!

Next I added up some volume to a flat piece and used rubber shapers and ball tools to even and smudge it all out. It was hard working with white clay that was put onto black clay surface!!! Such a dirty job! I was washing my hands but still clay got mucky! I wasn't too sad about it as I knew I will be painting over it!

For the fur I had chosen to use the Dots & Scratches tool, but it seems like it didn't work well on my white clay. It usually does work really well, but not on this chalky white clay. Did you know I really don't like white clay! :)

























So after creating all this unnecessary crumbly clay fur, I thought I need to fix it, perhaps smudge and smooth some little hairs into longer and larger strands or hair. I used the tool you see in this picture and it was a great find. I never knew how to use this tool really and only used a needle tool on the other side of it. So it was a great discovery!


I also struggled with the background design. Sometimes I go into the artwork unprepared and make mistakes. Like this time, I didn't do the background properly first as I didn't know how it will look. I thought it will unravel  itself in the process. So first I tried to stamp some textures in the black areas but it didn't look right. I smoothed it all back in and decided to use these clay strands to make swirls. It worked, and so I continued and decorated the bottom of the composition with green leaves to make an appearance of some sort of place, space and perspective. 

The idea of this journal was quite unique. My customer wanted to have a magical white shepherd dog with some magical features. We found this picture online which inspired us both and we agreed to work from it. Unfortunately there was no author of this picture mentioned anywhere so I can't say who is an original painter of this artwork. 

Then came the happy times of Mica Painting! I love working with Mica powders and they create such a change. Couple of my latest artworks are a complete nightmare to me, as they don't look right until almost the very end. This is because they require paint job of mica painting, so you won't be able to see the final result until the very end. But in the very end, after all the tones and shades, colours and shimmers were applied, the dog finally turned out magical, with a smart look in his eyes. I don't like praising myself and for some reason I always see flaws in my work, but I am very pleased on how the look on the dog's face ended up being so realistic. I love his face, I love the avatar-like surroundings and all the magic atmosphere that there is around.


























I guess this is it. I will post up some good quality pictures later on next month when I am finished, when photos are taken and I have a chance to edit them to a quality standard I always provide.

Thanks a lot for reading, 
Have a wonderful day, 




Sunday, 28 June 2015

Divine Nature: Insect Heads

To continue my exploration of Universal Creativity, today I stood into the Macro World and decided to concentrate on the head of a Fly and other insects. Simple, but how amazing! I am completely sure that our world is as amazing in the MACRO scale as much as in MICRO. So no matter how far away or how deep into the object or space you are heading.. everything is designed and mastered up to perfect perfection!
ISN'T THIS SUPER COOL? Aren't you already boiling with creative juices? I made 25 jewellery collections in my head when looking at these. Click on the picture to ZOOM IN!



Thank you for reading, 
May your day be blessed with creativity!

Friday, 26 June 2015

Divine Nature Series: Animal Eyes

Hi guys!
I decided that I might entertain you a little bit with smaller or bigger collections of amazing photo-proof that our Planet and everything that we can touch is not just an accident. I won't debate with anyone, but I would like to show everyone that something like this, something so beautiful, could have not been created just like that. Let's not speak about God or Religion. Let's just appreciate the fact that this is far beyond anything that a human being can make. So there definitely is something or someone, who is the best ever artist of all times, spaces and places!
Go through these pictures, indulge your eye and imagination, listen to what your heart says! 





Thank you so much for reading this! 
Lots of love, 

Divine Nature Series: Dragonfly Wings.

I guess you already figured this out by now that I started a new inspirational series of Facebook Posts called DIVINE NATURE.
I decided to do this, because all my inspiration comes from nature, so I wanted to inspire you guys too!
Today's Theme: Dragonfly Wings. Now look at these pictures! Don't you think these are perfect stained glass artworks? It's not easy to guess and it is also a well known fact, that all the architectural and industrial glass constructions are based on this!

Leonardo Da Vinci spent his lifetime inventing machinery based on his observation of elements of nature. I read that he would sit for hours exploring every leaf on making hundreds of sketches to figure out the proportions, the physics, the grace of a simple leaf, a butterfly , a beetle. This way he was trying to re-create nature's motors, geometry and construction into real life. There is even a whole branch of architectural science called Bionics. So people carefully study how the real natural objects look like and build their creations based upon this knowledge. So fascinating! Nature is the best teacher and the best example of perfection!



























Thank you so much for popping in and reading this! I hope I could inspire you for some new creation or just sparked an interesting inner conversation in your heart. In any ways! Thank you so much for reading,



Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Giraffes for sale!

Hello everyone! :)

Unfortunately this journal didn't reach the sale price and the action didn't succeed, but the good news is that this journal is now available for sale!

YOU CAN BUY IT HERE!

 


Thursday, 11 June 2015

Red Eyed Frog Journal by Mandarin Duck

Hello Everyone!

Thanks for popping in :) Today is a simple preview of a wonderful red eyed, green skinned frog from Amazonia rain forests. I love how vibrant are the colours and how jolly this little froggy looks like. My customer is in love with these red eyed frogs and he was especially desperate to see the blue striped belly on his frog's body. So I made sure I painted it properly as close to the original as possible. Also I decided to keep the whole piece quite matte and only to varnish the frog in glossy varnish to give it a wet look. 






Feather T-shirt Design by Mandarin Duck

Hello everyone!

Yesterday I went to the shops to buy some plain T-shirts and today I spent some lovely sunny hours next to my window in the studio making custom design for my T-shirt! 
God I love doing this! This is so satisfying, this is so wonderful and fun!
I would like to share some process pictures along with some lovely shots of me and the ready product. I hope you will like it :) Let me know what you think?!
Do you think guys I should make these for living? I mean... would you ever consider buying clothes with my designs or do you think someone else could? I mean... I know I am polymer clay artist, but I am an artist first, then comes the medium. So let me know, OK? 




And here is some work in progress. I started with outlines, then filled in the main colour and then added up shadows and them highlights by that special BLEACHING TECHNIQUE I showed you in the T-shirt video before!

So let me know if you would like to own a T-shirt of your own with designs like this or something different! 
Thank you for reading, 


Thursday, 4 June 2015

Death's-head Hawkmoth A6 journal

Hello guys :)
I know I've been busy and worked on a lot of projects for the past couple of weeks. Busy times and a lot of posts for you to look at!

Sometimes I like sharing some pictures of work in progress as then you guys can see how it was made and learn some new techniques for free.
As you can see I started from quite simple shapes and cut outs and gradually sculpted my way in!
Then I used Mica Powders ( Perfect Pearls and other brands) to build up a shimmery colour base. After the journal was baked I kept colouring the wings with acrylics to show even more details.



This journal was ordered by a customer and was supposed to look like the original journal he already had. He loves Death's-head Hawkmoths and so the main element was supposed to be it and all the rest just some creative writer's background :)

Monday, 1 June 2015

Giraffe Journal "Mother's Love" by Aniko Kolesnikova (Mandarin Duck)





Hello everyone :) 
Today I would like to present you my newest journal "Mother's Love". This journal was a commission work for an the International Giraffe Conservation Organisation. They contacted me recently and offered to participate in their yearly auction with my art. The money we would raise by this auction will go towards the charity to save Giraffes all over the world. I loved this idea and decided to make a little A6 journal with a baby and mother giraffe in a very sweet loving pose. Giraffes can't hold hands, can't they!? 
I also made a PDF tutorial out of it (took some pictures of the whole project for now, but will edit it soon for you to enjoy practicing making giraffes!). I thought it's a striking design and many of you will want to try and create similar designs. Who doesn't love giraffes? :) They are so sweet!
So here are the photos and wait for a bit, I will release a PDF soon too :) 


 Thanks for visiting and reading, 
Have a great day!