The Spring

The Spring Inkscape

 

Last year, in April, I posted an unfinished picture about the Spring as a young girl planting. I had a plan to finish it later, but I wasn’t sure how to do the background. Now, more than one year later, I finally finished it. I hope you like it. 🙂

Thanks for the visiting! 🙂

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentines Cat

In Estonia (and in Finland) the February 14 is not only the day for romantic lovers, but we also celebrate it as the Friend’s Day. As I am not too romantic person, I prefer the last meaning more. And as I think that your significant other should be also your friend, it gives (in my humble opinion) to the day even more meaning. 🙂

It’s Getting Cold

It's Winter

In the last few days the temperature has fallen and now it’s kind of crispy out here. But I don’t mind, as I bought new pair of boots, which are so warm and comfortable that I want to go outside to wear them. 🙂

If you also live in cold place, keep yourself warm and enjoy the winter. 😉

 

“Papercut” Foxes

Papercut Foxes

Pair of digitally made “papercut” foxes. I love this technique. I love how it seems like it’s made with paper, yet it’s made with Inkscape like most of my other works.

I was inspired by fantastic Estonian artist Eiko Ojala, whose digitally made papercut illustrations have achieved worldwide acclaim. His clients include, for example, Intel, IBM, New York Times and Washington Post. You can visit his website to see yourself how amazing his work is: www.ploom.tv.

Thanks for visiting! 🙂

One Old Man, the Fox and Some More Mandalas

June 27 was 137 days ago. That means the last time I posted something here was 137 days ago. It has been long time and there are a lot I want to share with you. But I try to keep long story short and instead of writing a novel here I try to mention the most important things.

First of all, I have studied a lot. Maybe you remember that in one of my latest posts I wrote that the key to become better artist is to learn. I admit I neglected my goal to “educate myself about basics of light and shadow and how colours work” almost immediately after setting the goal. However, I have improved my skills in both Inkscape and GIMP. Especially my development in GIMP is what is worth mentioning. Because, now I see how little I knew about the program, when I drew my Prince picture. And I believe that this is the main reason why I left it unfinished. I hope that one day I pull myself together and complete it.

But my studies do not only include art. I also started learning one programming language Python in September and resumed my self study in Russian (it’s quite essential to know Russian if you live in Estonia). Very helpful tool for me has been the Duolingo app. Of course you can’t learn language only by using the app, but it’s very good tool for keeping you motivated.

In the same post, where I wrote about how important the learning is, I also mentioned that I had to create mandalas because of my work. And the reason I had to draw these is because during the Code Week our library participated in the exhibition Generation Code: Born at the Library. This was the interactive exhibition showcasing the top innovative digital exhibits from public libraries across the EU which held in the European Parliament during the 17-18 October. Our exhibition was about digital drawing and we made the mandalas with the Inkscape, using Wacom Intuos Pro drawing tablets.

During all this time I prepared for the exhibition and the time we were there (and even after that) I have done so many mandalas, that I think I have enough of them for the rest of my life. 😀 Here are only some I’ve made:

 

One of my co-worker discovered interesting and very easy technique to do more complex mandalas. They seem difficult and hard to do, but are really only few minutes work. Of course if you have done these as many as I have, you can produce them with lesser than a minute:

Complex Mandalas

The speed was important factor, because in the exhibition we had to show many people how to do these and we had to do it quickly

I have also start using more colour pencils recently. One picture I want to share with you is the old man with the beard full of berries. I drew it for one challenge I made with my friend Dorit (she is excellent with watercolours, take a look at her blog). Long time ago, in the beginning of the summer, we were talking about how she draw mostly animals and I mostly girls, so we made a deal to draw one old man.

One Old Man

I had a plan to make the digital version of it, but haven’t done yet (and I’m not sure anymore if I ever do). I got the inspiration from one Estonian children’s book named Naksitrallid (to English it’s translated as Three Jolly Fellows). It’s written by Eno Raud, who I consider as one of the best writer from Estonia and illustrated by the wonderful Edgar Valter. The book is about the adventures of three peculiar little men: “the composed and close-to-nature Mossbeard, the irritable city dweller Halfshoe, and the sensitive poet Muff” (http://www.elk.ee/?page_id=6943). The same character Mossbeard has a long soft moss beard, where beautiful red cowberries grow.

The second picture I want to share with you is the drawing of the red fox. Nothing special about this picture, but it is the FOX and do I really need the reason to share the picture of the fox? 😀 There cannot be too many foxes in one day, can it (and in one sentence also)?

The Fox.jpg

 

Oh, I would almost have forgotten. At the same time I was in the exhibition in Brussels, my library set up the exhibition about our library workers’ hobbies. I also brought four of my pictures there. It was so weird but as the same time exiting to see my pictures hanging in the wall.

Library Workers Hobbies Exhibition.jpg

There were so many cool things in the exhibition: photographs, paintings, clothes, felted animals, knitted and embroidered things, woodwork, basketwork etc. It shows how many talented librarians work in the Tallinn Central Library. You can take a look here.

I must finish. I have already written too much. I hope you can make it til the end. 😀

It’s really nice to be back!

Спасибо за посещение и до следующего раза 😉

Air Pollution

Air Pollution man wearing gas mask containing plants illustration Inkscape

 

In the last post I wrote that if I want to become better artist I need to learn more. Therefore I borrowed some books from the library about the basics of drawing and watched some Youtube videos that teach how to use watercolours properly.

However, I haven’t reached very far with my studies yet, because not long after I finished previous post I started playing with a new idea and I couldn’t get it out of my head.

I wanted to write this post about air pollution and US withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement (which was the reason why this picture was born), but my head has been empty recently. Therefore, after two weeks of waiting, I decided I post it without the long story.

Hope you like it!