Showing posts with label sculpture. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sculpture. Show all posts

Monday, 5 September 2016

Tiger's Family Journal

Hello everyone and welcome!

This post is going to be about my newest journal - The Tiger's Family Journal. 
This journal was a very specific custom order and may not make any sense to you as what and why... but this is why I felt like I needed to explain it. 
Usually in natural situation such scene could have never happened. A monkey sadly would only end up being a dinner for a tiger. But this journal's idea was based on the Chinese Calendar signs, rather than just realism or natural order. 
I had a Chinese lady contact me saying that she and her husband were born in the year of the tiger and their baby is a year of a monkey. This way she wanted to symbolically represent their family portrait on the journal that will be used as a diary for a newborn baby. 
I enjoyed practicing the cute style of sculpting, although this is not my favourite artwork of my own. 
Sometimes I feel that too restraining ideas limit my ability to go crazy and to make something out of this world... I still have to stay professional with what I do, but creating particular and very defined scenes is not something I am super strong or very passionate about. 
Anyhow, I was actually quite pleased with the result and the cuteness of this journal, so I hope you will like it too.

I'd rather stay honest and explain myself on how I feel about my own work, as I feel the need to say it sometimes for your knowledge, but also for my own understanding. Sometimes we do things that we don't want to do, sometimes life forces us to bend down and turn ourselves inside out. I am trying to stay as true to myself as much as I can by being honest and by seeing my flaws, seeing my disadvantages and instead of masking them away, I want to work and develop the weak areas of my creative talent. The only way to progress is to accept that you are not perfect, very far from it, but you want to be as perfect version of your own self as you possibly can. I may never reach my own perfection concept or maybe I will.. but then I will surely raise my own bars so I can always look upwards and spread my hands hight into the sky... I don't like the concept of reaching the top and then bending down and looking down on everybody else. The idea of having no goal or no area to grow actually scares me a lot! I need the sun to be a descent tree that reaches out for the light!
Of course you also have to be realistic and still love yourself even if you know the areas where you are not as good and you may not deserve the love you give to yourself. Love yourself as if you are a child of your own self. Love yourself like a mother would love her naughty child. She would still try her best to educate, develop and raise him as good as possible, but no matter what.. she would still love him. So love yourself with all your flaws and imperfections and after accepting them, work on them, if you feel that you would like to change them for something better. Accepting and loving your flaws and imperfections only counts when you are ready to change what is changeable. What can't be changed, should be accepted as God's gift or life's lesson.
I hope that makes sence.. 
But.. let's get back to some pictures :) Otherwise I went all philosophical  today :))) 


Monday, 23 May 2016

Baby Saphire Dragon Locket

Hello everyone and welcome!
Today I am willing to show you my newest necklace.
This is a Baby Saphire Dragon and he has only hatched out of his egg a few days ago. He is a little cutie and he loves to spend all of his time sitting in the shadows of the leafs and drinking dew drop water.







I love his cute face expressions and I am feeling content with how small this pendant actually is and how detailed it managed to come out. So far it is the smallest dragon by age and size I have ever created.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Thoughts and Doubts

Hello everyone and Happy New Year!

I know, I know it's the 6th of January, but I usually still say happy new year to everyone I see up until the 10th of January. So there we are. 2016!
The first week of January had passed and I felt very creative and made some paintings, practiced my calligraphy and meditated on some deep feelings and thoughts that were starting to boil inside my heart. 
Some of you, who are following me for quite some time or even new followers and people interested in my art, might think that I never struggle with my creativity. You guys are saying that I can't stop amazing you and each of my next work is better than the previous one... This is all very pleasant to my ears but in reality I am absolutely not feeling this. In anything, I am feeling like I am degrading, instead of progressing. This kind of sensations can have a couple of reasons and perhaps I have figured out a few and am ready to tell you about them. 

First of all, of course it doesn't help if you see some other people's art. It can inspire you a lot and it can also suck you in and give you obsessions and put you so much off track. Especially if you haven't yet strictly figured out what your track is.. I don't think that many artist do know where exactly they are heading... Or sometimes you marvel at somebody else's creations so much, that you waste all your creative powers and powers in general from just doing that. Some of the days I feel like a mother who is 10 months pregnant and still, nothing is coming out! I can have an idea in my head and perhaps even a sketch drawn somewhere, but I just can't start.
I have noticed that starting a project is actually the hardest part. Once you are in it, it's an ongoing process and you just add up some more and more until it's finished. If you are very inspired or had too much chocolate, then perhaps you can spend the night adding that little something or nailing through the whole project with a speed of light. But starting it, God, this is so hard for me. 
I remember once i needed to make a raven journal and I would walk around my room, clean it, go for walks, come back to my studio, move things around and I actually ended up painting the walls in my room ( this was during 2 days time and it felt crazy intense).. and in all this painting decorative mess, with paint jugs and brushes still standing on my table ... you know what I did? I pulled out my black clay and created a great Raven Samurai journal in the middle of the night in 3 hours. 3 hours!!!

 I don't quite know when exactly the "Working Energy Gates" do open and the flow of energy, inspiration and crazy ideas start to flow out of them, but it seems like that my gates are rather spontaneous and they don't get a clue what "business", "time" or "being organised" means. 
Some days I can just look at photos and pictures online and offline, go through other people's work, catalogues, books, movies, and I create nothing for days. Then Boom! and I am sitting and claying out of the blue or I have this vision before sleep in all the colour and motion of beautiful things and next morning I wake up at 5am from an urge to work and create. 

Seasonal depressions don't help either and even if my ones are more of an artistic mood swings, they still kick you out of your track for good. I am not mentally ill, I am just very sensitive to weather changes and to nature life cycles. And so I struggle. 

For the past couple of weeks I did put all of my clay work away as soon as I was finished with my urgent orders. I didn't feel like claying.. I was writing calligraphy and painting. I couldn't understand why, but I felt like my art had reached it's peak and not in a good sense. I felt like there is a block, but not in ideas, but in my skills, the way I do things and tools and materials I use, shapes I make, dimensions I work with. All the works I was doing were nice, but nothing like the great ideas in my head. And so I had even spoken to Ash about this, saying that I don't know what is going on, but it feels like I am shedding some skin and something is changing inside me, something is trying to grow out of me, something new but it haven't gone through the surface yet, so I don't know what it is. We discussed that I should not stop claying, that just painting might not bring me what I want from life and so on... To be honest I went away from this conversation even more dissatisfied than I was when it started... but then I went to my studio and put some music on (Solar Fields).. This music always keeps me energetic and gives me the sense of concentration and in good working state. 
I went googling for inspirations after inspirations, collecting ideas, visions, characters and after I did come up with a sketch of a journal I am willing to make. Yesterday I was positive this is going to be an A4 size journal. But now I am in doubt if I want this journal to be large A4 piece or a super detailed A5. I want the actual journal to be covered in leather, with book corners and all of the details that will make this book look very professionally made. Later on when this project is finally done, I will show you and will mention all the inspirations I had, as this picture contains bits and bobs from a few photographs and digital paintings of amazing artists and so I would love them to be credited for that properly. 
So here ladies and gentleman in my latest sketch of something I am willing to make. 









Thursday, 8 October 2015

The Horse with a Fire Mane Journal

Hello everyone and thank you for stopping here today! :)

Today I will be happy to talk about my new journal "The Horse with a Fire Mane".
It is an A6 journal and it was ordered by a loving mother for her child. Her daughter loves riding horses and even owns a personal Pony and so the daughter says: "When we jump together, I feel like we are flying!". This inspired me to create a pegasus with a fire mane as and I made it quite stocky as a pony would be.








I wanted to experiment with incrustation technique and I used crushed freshwater pearls for that. And as I am not into clay swirls of any kind, I also added some little swirls to decorate the wing and the chest. I used fine gold paint to make it really sparkle with golden shades.
For the background I used Mandarin Duck Texture stamps (Blossom and Organic Mesh Inverted).



I especially like how the mane turned up. It is playful, airy, bouncy and looks natural to me as if wind is blowing at it. I also decided to add little golden decorative ropes to enhance the liveliness of the mane even more.  

The wing has a combination of purples, golds and pearls for that special royal style.

I hope you like it and you can see more of it in my  Gallery section or my Flickr Gallery.

Thank you so much for reading, 




Monday, 10 November 2014

The Water Princess Necklace

Hello my sweet honey bunnies and welcome to my blog on this lovely sunny Monday day!

Today I would like to finally release some pictures of my ""Water Princess" necklace. I know you were all waiting for it for the whole week. 
This is a preview of original necklace that my client saw.
This necklace was designed as a custom order and it was inspired by one of my previous necklaces I made. My client saw it in my collections and asked if I could adjust the colours to silvers and blues instead of browns and greens. This necklace was supposed to be a present for her mother on Christmas. She showed me her picture and I realised straight away, that the actual metallic base I was supposed to use wasn't good enough either, as the original design has quite defined rectangular shapes and would look a bit too geometrical when combined with smooth and feminine curves of her mother. I went to the shop and found a perfect base for the necklace. Usually I love going to the shops and buy good quality but not very expensive jewellery pieces made from metal. Then I work on top of it by adding polymer clay in any ways I want. This way the whole piece looks much more expensive, definitely is much more functional and there is less options for bits and bobs breaking off it. 
I know that I am not too patient with clay and even if I can spend hours texturising it, still I can't be bothered polishing it for 5-6 hours :) It's just not me! So I think that a lovely friendly good quality metallic base is a perfect addition to my artworks. 
So let me start by showing you the beginnings, the work in progress pictures.
Click to enlarge this picture
It was quite easy to make this necklace technologically, but as you might already know it was quite time consuming with the textures. I really take my time with texturising every mil millimiter of clay when I work. Needless to say, I made it from black Premo clay by Polyform and after baking I painted it with a silver acrylic paint by using the dry brushing technique. And so here are the final results. More in my Flickr gallery. 



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Thank you so much for reading, 
Have a creative day, 






Saturday, 15 March 2014

Seduction Journal

This journal is a custom order for my return customer. The main idea was to create a bible ( holly book) like journal that would represent the spirituality of it's owner and also be a constant reminder that good and bad always mixes together and in this life we can't only choose the good path without stepping up sometimes and making mistakes as the dark side always seduces us. This can also remind of Yin Yang symbol where good and bad, dark and bright, darkness and light lives in constant harmony. The actual journal was already full of stories, records and memories and it was my first time when I had to work with the journal that belongs to someone. I was trusted to read some of the stories ( or even the whole book if I like), and the owner just wanted me to feel better who he really is. As I can't really tell you what was in there, I will just talk about the journal cover and colour scheme.
The journal itself has a brown leather spine and two sides of it are made from red wood. The pages  are painted gold. This is why we decided to do the journal in reds, golds and whites and as we were working on two dragons and Ying Yang kind of theme I suggested to create an effect of cinnabar.
All together it ended up looking like this and I would really like to hear what you think of it.
Visit my Flickr page to see all 9 photos I have of this journal. 



Thanks a lot for reading, 
Please comment :)



Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Meet Snowie (Ready!)

As I promised straight after showing my work in progress I am writing this. I don't think that any text is necessary here. Let the pictures speak for themselves.  I enjoyed my self portrait photoshoot and I am sure Snowie was happy to finally appear on Facebook and Blogger pages after so much anticipation.













































And of course some more pictures of Snowie on it's own.










And of course the bunny bum xoxox


























I truly hope you enjoyed the final pictures and I am sure we will see and hear from Snowie and his friend Beannie very soon as they settle down in my room.

Thank you so much for all of your support,
Please let me know what if you like Snowie (in comments below).

Have a lovely day,


Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Black Lotus Box


Couple of months ago I was contacted by a lovely italian customer requesting a very unusual custom order. He wanted me to create a special box that would relate to an old but still very popular card game "Magic: The Gathering". He is an owner of one of the rarest cards "Black Lotus" and it apparently is very unique and expensive and so he required a very special box to go with it so that he can keep the card inside. 


The idea we came up with was quite unique and challenging as it required some knowledge and some rules and a lot of things was supposed to be going on on top of this box without looking funny or too much over the roof. 
First I came up with the sketch which was approved by the client. Click on it to zoom in (picture on the left).

I was quite excited to work on this project as it was quite challenging, especially the lava part but I will get to it later.

So the whole idea of the game is that there is 5 different types of Magic Mana. White, Blue, Black, Red and Green. Each of these magic mamas have their own creatures, weapons, qualities, symbols e.c.t
I won't go to deep into it as you can find out more in Google about this game if you wish. But.. as the result of my exploration and my customer's dedicated guidance we came up with this box in the end.
As this box will protect the "Black Lotus" card it was decided to put the black lotus in the middle of the composition. Some of my friends said that this bow is like a journey of Frodo from Lord of the Rings, where it all starts in shire, then they get to elves, then they cross the big river and go to deadly marshes and boggy places and end up in Mordor. I guess in all magic games, stories and movies all sorts of similar magical powers and elements do have place to exist. 
The most challenging elements was  fire and Lava and water with a waterfall. These are things that are very hard to show as lava is supposed to burn and glow, steam and pour.. and so it was hard to understand the physics of it and I had to research on volcano eruption pictures finally succeed.
 Same was with water where I had to create a flow and a feel of liquid and transparent from something hard and solid.
You can see about 20 other pictures of this box here in my Flickr Gallery (Boxes).