Hello Dear Friends!
Here's another Shiny Forest ghost for you :)
As I said in my previous post, recently I've struggled very hard to post regularly on Steemit, and I felt really passionate about finding a way to overcome this struggle and to stay in touch with you :)
I also had several new fantastic inspirations in my head that I really wanted to tell you all about, so here we are :)
I enjoy imagining forest ghosts in their natural habitat, but so far I've portrayed them almost always half-hidden, still, wary and observing only. Now I'm constantly drawing them in relaxed, playful poses. I'm calling that a progress (and also my subconscious is demanding more rest, I guess ;P)
Here's the finished piece:
Pen and ink on paper, 21x29,7 cm
THE INSPIRATION AND STORY BEHIND TODAY'S GHOST
This particular forest ghost likes to chill out upon the cushiony, springy moss. Thinking about it makes me really miss spring and want to go for a walk in a green forest. But we still have snow in Warsaw, so... April, I'm counting really hard on you to finally bring some good weather!
Besides from the anime and emoji inspiration mentioned in my previous post, I wanted to tell you about a very talented, prolific and a bit mysterious artist, illustrator and tattooist - Anna Zawadzka. I've known Anna for some time now. Throughout years Anna has created the most amazing set of illustrations starring a one-legged bunny, who is a hero to many internal, as well as external, but always fascinating adventures. Just take a look at those stunning pictures:
Anna has a very unique and imaginative artistic style. I find the colorfulness of her illustrations to be beautiful, psychedelic and mesmerizing, and the narrative of her artworks full of different, fascinating meanings. Anna is soon publishing her beautiful story in form of a children's book, and I can't wait for it to be available to buy! I'm looking forward to read the novel and finally get to know the full story behind Anna's mysterious visions. This is going to be interesting!
It may be so that my illustrations will evolve into some less or more coherent storyline, we'll have to wait and see about that! All I can say for now is that I have really really grown into enjoying my attempts at drawing them, and observing Anna's progress has been always a great inspiration to me.
I warmly invite you to visit Anna's fanpage on Facebook- Anna Zawadzka - rysunki, tatuaże, obrazki. and Instagram account- msflyingsquirrel, to see more of her amazing art for yourself :)
As I said before, I feel that my ghosts could've waited much, much longer for coming into life and appearing in so many of my artworks, if it wasn't for this platform. My presence in Warsaw Fantasy Fair last weekend has reminded me once again, what a big role has Steemit played in my artistic progress. Here you can see me at my stand at the Fair, with some of my illustrations in the background.
Me- not the most photogenic person in the world, at the Warsaw Fantasy Fair - Spring 2018 Edition
For couple of years before Steemit I restricted myself mostly to handicraft and linocuts, because I had so little time to pursue my other artistic goals and projects. Spending this otherwise cold and lonely winter with Steemit, allowed me to start with something new and refreshing and connect with other artists, as some of my less tangible art was able to transpire beyond my inner world. And the Warsaw Fantasy Fair has also turned out to be a wonderful opportunity for me to speak to some really great and unbelievably talented Polish artists. I can't wait to tell you all about them!
I'm very curious, if you had a similar experience with Steemit. Did it allow you to connect to other passionate people from your area of interest, and how did such encounter worked out for you! :)
And now to say a word or two about the step by step progress of artwork :)
STAGES OF WORK
- A delicate pencil sketch!
- Redrawing with pen!
- Adding some initial shading (stippling) and textures!
- Shading and texturing intensifies...
- And finally, a ready piece :)
A STEP BY STEP GIF
I hope you've enjoyed my Shiny Forest ghost :)
Here you can see the previous Shiny Forest ghost Sticker:
I'm very grateful for all the kindness, support and inspiration I've received so far here on Steemit! I appreciate that a lot, guys, and as always...