Finalist :)

A few months ago I took part in a Mexican poster competition, the topic was " A la muerte con una sonrisa" (To death with a smile). All artists had freedom of self expression, materials and mood. I decided to connect it with my Slavic roots and made a research about pagan gods. In Slavic culture there was a goddess of death/winter, whose name was Mara/Morana. 

Morana – The daughter of the great goddess Lada and her husband God Svarog, has grown up to become what ancient Slavs recognized as the patroness of the winter, the underworld and symbol of the end of physical life as we mortals know it. Morana has many names: Mara, Mor, Morena, Marzanna and she is the all-powerful mistress of Winter, which covers the ground in icy shroud, so that she could rest and gain strength. She belongs to the pantheon of ancient Slavic gods, as is considered to be the sister of Lelia.

Her main attributes are sickle, moon and winter. She is known as a beautiful girl with dark hair.

In my poster I wanted to create this cold atmosphere by eliminating any colour except for white, black and shades of gray. Only her eyes are cold blue. She takes the souls of strangers and carries them with her in the lonely cold winter... I used digital drawing, made a collage of photos of hands, created texture and then put it all together in Photoshop. 



It was the first time I decided to participate in INKTOBER and I could manage to make 23 drawings. It was challenging and interesting. It helped to get back to hand drawing and stay productive after work :) Which usually is not so easy... BUT I felt very inspired and I'm feeling quite happy about my first Inktober!

Here I would like to share some of my favs, the rest could be found on my Instagram page. Now I will have to decide if I can colour them in Illustrator and make something out of this experiment ;) 

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Water and Art

During last months I was starting to analyze some connections in my works and the art that inspires me. If you look around on the street or searching for some inspiration, read books, in some time you will definitely understand that some things attract your attention more than others. This happens to me all the time. I find some inspiration outside, let it be sunset sky or shadow from the building on the ground. The things that surround us are amazing, you just have to observe. 

I would like to share some photographs that were made during the boat trip. The light created amazing textures. Some colours were captured with a strong contrast, some have soft transition. The same water, different light and as a result completely different images :)

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