Looking back at the art I made during last month and a half it feels like I’ve taken a (much needed) vacation somewhere in outer space. I’ve been totally into drawing planets and stars and various imaginary cosmic scenes and even though that’s been an incredibly satisfying experience I think I’ll be coming back to Earth next month. I’m still not sure what kind of art I’ll be making but I’m sure November will be very interesting. For now here are some planets and other celestial bodies.
Minimalism has never really been my thing, if anything I'd label myself a maximalist, lover of complex, detailed arrangements and patterns always aching to add yet another layer, yet another shape, yet another coat of ink to my work until it all feels just a little oh, too much and even then I feel inclined to keep adding more and more and more. Too much is never enough.
But last week I started to year for something light, simple and airy, I just wanted to make easy drawings with minimum effort just for fun and pleasure of creating. So I made these simple grid patterns over old textures and I also drew some birds because I love birds :)
Recently I re-drew an old illustration from 2008. (or 2009.?) that I did for one of the Illustration Friday prompts. The original version was hand drawn, then scanned and digitally colored (you can see it below) and the new one is done in ink and gelly rolls. Clearly, I didn't exactly re-drew an old drawing I added some minor changes and changed color scheme too, just for fun.
So, it seems I have a thing for jellyfish. They've always been fun and enjoyable to draw and the reason why I started to draw them was their shape: their roundish top and they long wavy tentacles, I love drawing round shapes and long, flowing, curvy lines so drawing jellies came naturally to me. I never felt any special connection to them as I do to some other animals (I love all kinds of forest critters, bears, foxes, wolves, birds etc), I was only attracted to them because of their simple shape that is fun to draw. But recently I wanted to find out more about them (since I already spend some much time depicting them I might as well learn a bit about the creatures, right?) and I found out they are really fascinating animals. For example, did you know there was a type of jellyfish that is believed to be biologically immortal (appropriately named immortal jellyfish)? Also, it was interesting to read about many other random jellyfish related information such as extensive use of jellyfish collagen in medicine and beauty industry (anti-aging products.) Anyway, I still don't feel a deeper connection to these fascinating sea dwellers other than a desire to draw them but at least I know a little bit more about them.
Above you can see my latest ink drawing inspired by meduza (as we call them in Croatian) and below you can see some of the jelly inspired illustrations and drawings I did over the last 5 years.
This drawing was inspired by a dream I had. In my dream I saw many horses on the meadow peacefully grazing. Then in one moment, out of nowhere some of the horses turned into unicorns. Right after that some of the unicorns transformed into Pegasuses and flew away.
This is a small illustration I did just for fun on a piece of scrap paper. I love doing demanding, time-consuming, detailed art but sometimes making quick and fun drawings like this can be very satisfying and relaxing too.
I felt like taking a short break from my usual abstract drawings and since I rarely do illustrations anymore unless they are work related or commissions I decided it would be fun to do one just for fun. I knew I wanted to make something colorful and whimsical and maybe a bit silly so I ended up drawing a bird with some mushrooms on its head... because why not? My abstract drawings tend to be very time consuming and this took only 4-5 hours to finish so it was an enjoyable break from my usual drawing routine.