I have two distinct fields I love working in - digital art (illustration, animation, game art and design, for which I have my more commercial yuliyaosyka.com ) and fine arts (paintings and inks). And for some time now I was mainly focused on the first one doing game art work full-time and the illustration/ animation part-time freelance. And while it was rewarding emotionally and financially I looked back at all my markers and paints, secretly missed messing with them and felt that I have to make a decision to limit my "computer art use" in favor of the analogue in order for my heart to feel at home.
I am not starting with something big and taking on some great long-term project right now but rather making baby-steps to returning into literally hands-on approaches. Yesterday I finally dedicated an evening to one line drawing exercises to get myself started but not intimidated at the same time.
Metropolis Coffee made me happy by having my stuff over for more than a month, and now I'm even happier since some more works are added to the third room in the coffee shop.
They will be there til June 14th.
Two days of utter bliss with markers, inks, and a pack of carton I purchased in 2017 and left hanging until I find the way to make the best of it.
I created over 50 one line drawings, afterwords filling them out and adding some details wherever needed. At first I only used black line on carton, but after a while realized that there should be more detail, so I picked up white ink. These three colors (black, white, and carton tan) gave me the essential base, shadow and highlight.
I didn't plan on spending a bunch of time on my first drawing, nor I planned a series of these, but, as it often happens with me, drawing hunger took its toll, and I am left with a healthy load of portraits, aching drawing hand, and satisfaction from all this work.
I took a pause on inked portraits, and now ready to pick up where I left off.
I finished two pieces, which were waiting for me for some time, and added two more to the finished list yesterday.
Inking really is a meditation process, which sometimes I need to stay in balance with everything I have going on in life. Therefore most of the portraits aren't planned but are impulsively realized while I'm listening to some audiobook. (It was Lovecraft yesterday, which should really show in my work, apparently) :))
I would say that this kind of impulsive work is quiet relaxing. Here you can go wherever your hand leads you.
Have got a name for this one - "The one that's been drinking".
I am really happy to have some of my paintings and graphic work at Metropolis Coffee!
It will be a full gallery hanging til mid June, so there'll be plenty of time to have coffee under those creepy portraits!
Metropolis Coffee is at 1039 W Granville Ave, Chicago, IL 60660
Preparations before the final packing
In that one trip that I finally opted to leave my laptop at home and stay away from drawing or working on anything at all, and simply enjoy San Francisco as any other tourist I suddenly felt a rush of anxiety and my hands started itching. It wasn't the first... or the third day of the trip, of course, but after a while I just couldn't NOT draw.
Thankfully, I was enough of a cheat to grab my ipad with a stylus along so my hands weren't itching for long.
I have been following several incredible line artists like Christiane Spangsberg, Quibe, I Eat Faces, Martin Tardy, Diego Cabezas, and Meg Abbott on Instagram - their mastery of the line amazes me and makes me want to try it myself. So I opened Adobe Draw and started practicing:
Here is the process.
Another bit of the process.
And the process of this bit as well.
Acrylics will never, of course, feel the same as oils do for me - smell, density... but what I can't put against them is the way they dry up. They are so efficient at this that I can start and finish work as fast as I want.
The three small portraits below were painted today, and I feel very content with finishing them all one after another, and being able to put my mind and hands to something else.
This time around the line is golden instead of silver, and I don't know if I like it more but it does give a slightly different effect.
I've watched too many art documentaries lately so not sketching is impossible.
These two are printed metallic plates left from my offset printing class back at saic. I have a bunch of these prints in silver on black paper, but kept the plates as well... because they just look so strange:) and finally I found aluminum frames for them! This makes me hope that I will soon frame most of my work!
This is how the prints look finished.
"Bilingual" (Click on the image to move to its official page on the site)
"Not Afraid" (Click on the image to move to its official page on the site)