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The scary monster – ADMINISTRATION

As I was making a leap of faith to change a course of my life, to earn money making illustrations or art in general, you must go first trough a maze of administrations …so was I.

No need to tell you how much paper and documentation you need to proof all details, but funny thing is we have this unique number that all institutions like IRS or any other can check all info about you.
That uniques doesn’t do much magic in institutions where people still struggle with sending an email. Also the struggle with bad and user unfriendly programs they use, IT sector just don’t like institutions (IT people are just people, after-all), make things slow.

So, this unique number can save hole a lot of time and paper, but paper is holly and can take a blame for someones unorganised desk at work. If paper get lost_ It is going to elongate frustration, make you lose some extra coins and getting less time to get everything on time.

Time… time is on their side. You are collateral victim.

In order to cope with frantic chaos born from a leap of faith I’ve started to create this character – monster woman from IRS.

Her nails are symbol of time, her messy desk is all about mess in our country in general, card game on her computer is only thing why she has a computer even if she has million unanswered emails, the organisers are archived documentations rejected because they lost one paper or got late…. Oh, and phone doesn’t work – it’s old and wire got cut somehow.

Administration is a monster, bureaucracy is a monster’s mother. Remember it’s like RPG game…. after every level you got to slay a monster so you can go level up and earn a medal or whatever is you earn… πŸ™‚

Btw. I did slay a small monster, hard one is around the corner.. I’m shitting my pants πŸ™‚

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Usual things in unusual times

No matter how weird or unusual times we endure one thing is always the same- buying food! I love to go to green market, mostly because of fresh products and supporting small businesses. It is good to know your seller and sometimes they will give you information that are pure jewel when you are in need of something, like fixing a car or buying tobacco πŸ™‚

Well, these people are interesting and some of them are like characters made for a cartoon or they look as they come from one… And I’ve made a small hommage to them.. Faces that reminded me that time changes but urges and some things remain the same- like characters at the green market.

This guy works at the green market. He is selling cauliflower for amazing price.. and he’s cauliflower is one of a kind -fresh from the soil, fresh from a ground. If you buy a cauliflower he’ll offer you a little something to light up your day- a car repair or a pack of cigarettes.

Sometimes buying at the green market makes you see evil charecters in pension. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

Her name is Strawberry. She is a bee keeper and sells jars of honey. Liquid gold, a remedy of nature, that uplifts your body and soul.

Chicken egg master, Igor, will tell you a secret powers of eggs he’s selling. Eggs builds strong muscles cels like his, healthy brain- his mama told him he’s a clever boy, healthy eye sight- he sees like an eagle.. and healthy immune sistem- he was never sick in his life.

A good butcher, like Jozef, is important to have. It’s important to have..like shrink.
This one is not for vegans or vegetarians..

Hope you buying your food from small businesses or at least healthy natural, eco, pure products.

See you soon, stay healthy, safe and happy πŸ™‚

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Missing weirdness

The lock down of all bars and restaurants, concerts and shows wasn’t a big deal in a beginning, but after a year not having a place to be to dance, drink or just celebrate life… it starts to eat inside my mind.
As I was thinking about an urge to get my ears filled with good music, drink my favourite rum and dance like never before, the idea struck me right there and then.. I should make a series of characters you can see in bars.

Characters in bars are weird and you can always get a glimpse of their life or just what is going on at the moment. Sometimes you drop ears and listen to their talk.. or they share their story with you. I’m missing peoples weirdness πŸ™‚

So this are the characters I once had served as a bartender, or I was sitting next to them, or just was observing them from across the bar… Homage to weirdness at the bar:

This is Mimi.
Mimi is sitting at a bar drinking shooter, cigarette smoke getting in her hair.. spilling her soul to the bartender, loud music that soothe her heart blues….Bar is her chapel, no virtual thing can replace it.
Nostalgic moment..

Gonzo and Mikey
Gonzo and Mickey are sitting at the bar. Booze and cigarettes are only food tonight. Gonzo is in existential crisis, women that he wants to live till the day he die left him. Mikey is having proof of existential theory governed by the norm of authenticity necessary to grasp human existence. Self making in existence on holly ground called bar.

The Captain
Captain is standing at the bar, he gets his favourite beer cold as ice. He’s ready to tell a story of a mermaid that once stole his heart. Here, in a peaceful harbour, in a bar.

Blind date

Blind date. He’s charming as a colonoscopy, she’s a gold digger.. After few manhattans and whiskeys, the bar will make a history to their future.

What do you miss the most in this time of COVID-19? Do you miss weirdness of unknown peoples?

Till next weird people series, keep safe and drop a comment or a like! πŸ™‚
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Crumbs on Vespa, challenge that make me realise a joy of riding the tide

After monotone challenge, that didn’t go as well as I expected, I’ve applied for a second challenge “Joy of riding” on Designhill.com
Usually I love making characters, I love the way they can make you imagine the story around them. Sometimes I notice that people love the whole story and hardly play with characters dragged out of the context or just characters suggesting where to put them in a story.

The challenge “Joy of riding” made me think about a big guy on a Vespa. I found it fun to combine big and small. Illustration of Crumbs on Vespa was my idea of joy of riding, it doesn’t matter what you ride as long you feel the wind in your (facial) hair. Honestly, I didn’t go for design for t-shirt with writing so someone will better understand the illustration, I found that a bit stupid. Anyway, I didn’t win the challenge but I got a good feedback. It was enough for someone to se both sides of work.. A public that want something so literally so they won’t need to use brain cells and profession that will appreciate a nice design.

Point of this story I’ve shared with you is discovering yourself while riding trough life/work. What seems to be nice to you, obvious to you, to others seems opposite. It doesn’t mean that you failed. As Crumbs could ride a bigger motorcycle he chose to ride Vespa, because it’s all about the joy of riding and the experience. Let the Crumb be your inspiration πŸ™‚
P.s. Next time I’ll tell you how Crumbs inspired me to find lost characters in places lost in covid-19.

Until then, be safe and enjoy your life πŸ™‚

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Try monotone, monotone is fun!

After some other kind of illustrations, I have made profile on designhill.com. It’s something new for me, a big space for designers from all over the world, mostly from east side of the world. This site has some interesting things for designers and different challenges that you can sign up to.

I did sign up for two challenges, design in monotone was first – in a few days challenge will be finished…I’ve found some old illustrations from back than time when I was obsessed with sea monsters and octopuses. Two mythical creatures were perfect to try new way of using color, monotone color scheme. Two female mythical creatures I’ve painted in shade of blue and shade of green. Then I wasn’t happy with only two illustrations, I’ve made third one to balance the story. Third illustration was a guy holding a fish as a gun. Color for third illustration was brown.

Still I’m struggling with colors but trying my best. Monotone, I think, is the best way to get rid of a notion of a missing any color. Maybe it is a forced way to trick brain to see and think in aspect of shade and light. In the end i think i’ve managed ok with this challenge.

If you’d like to see challenges click on link: Challenges Entries | PrintShop by Designhill

So if you have a problem with colouring your illustration I would say go monotone! Oh, I use Adobe kuler color wheel: Color wheel, a color palette generator | Adobe Color for easy access to color rules. πŸ™‚

See you soon! πŸ™‚



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Some other kind of illustration

I was told that 3 monsters need to go to an vacation. So they did. And they are good and well, relaxed in far far away land where is freedom and no viruses or enemies. All good.

I turn to my weakness in drawing and its name is color. Colors I adore. My favorite is every color in Universe. There is no less in my illustration coloring wise. I know one of design rule is to play as few colors as you can to make it POP. I’m like a horder who refuse to throw away things, just to make space or to clean place up- mission impossible.

For me the only way to practice is to make simple illustration where I can be less scared of having few colors. My brain refuses to go further than poster when I think about simple color palette, illustration can’t be complicated and have few colors. Again, it’s impossible. I admire people that can think in that way, less color more POP. Anyway, I made my poster – simple illustration, tried to keep them funny (-ish).. and color scheme I have chosen, safe colors, red and blue. White isn’t color. Right?! πŸ™‚

So I’ve made a series of posters, some other kind of illustration. Simple. Simple is my new wave to ride. Till next adventure and new series ..take a look at posters – CLICK HERE. πŸ™‚

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Life simplified.

Life is sometimes all about simple things and complicated humans. We all have twists and turns in life, ups and downs. I had my parents apartment repaired after earthquake and when you start with that kind of project it always ends up with “There is more work that has to be done“. And when that line came up I wasn’t sure my budget will survive. But it did πŸ™‚ Bit of luck is all you need to survive.

In that time I got short on photos to make illustrations on, so I went back to make new illustrations about every day situations. Simple white background with Bo and Om and the third purple monster with no name (hopefully soon I’ll find him a name..)

These series of illustrations I’ll hold on to for a while, they are relatable and funny and I like them. Hope you find them fun too.. πŸ™‚

If you’d like to see monsters in everyday life- click here πŸ™‚

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Photo illustration 2

This week was about monsters and friends. Friends that we are and monsters we held inside. Fear is a main obstacle, play is making most of your talent.

I’ve made series of Bo and Om with some new monsters, on photos of Croatian villages in Istria, Zagreb, Dubrovnik, PeljeΕ‘ac… places I’ve been last few years. I wanted to illustrate sequence of my childhood. Remember marbles? Pretend to be builder… or learning how to ride a bike. No matter where you are being a kid is about discovering world around you and developing skills.

Maybe it would be fun to make Bo and Om travel the world, like a Amelie’s garden gnome.. πŸ™‚

Drop a comment or click here to see Bo and Om in new adventures. πŸ™‚

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Photo illustration

Last week I was doing a new little project a photo illustration. As I was finished with hate towards 2020. I tried to make something new. I had an idea long ago, to make illustration on a photo. Fist one that I’ve made was the one I’ve put in “About me” – where Bo and Om are cleaning my glasses. I’ve continued to make more photo illustrations.

Inspiration was everyday life and play. But it didn’t kick as I’ve expected. I think this series of illustration are not communicating to people as well as for example Advent ones. Maybe photo illustration is harder than it seams. What do you think?

I am making one more series right now, with a cohesive theme and maybe it will be better than first one. We’ll see. ‘Til than, click here to see photo illustrations. πŸ™‚

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PowerPoint animations

While back, before workshops, I was asked to make a promo for a client. It was a good offer, but I knew there is going to be a problem. I had no tools or knowledge to make animation. Thanks to Google and other internet lords, I found tutorials how to make animation in PP.

After I found few step by step tutorials, I’ve started my project – PP animation. Idea was to make a universe, planets, a rocket and small rocks. The main planet was client, others are like satellites. So after a while I did it, the animation was finished. Sound was from a site where you can find free audios. And in a week I have made my first animation in PP.

I liked it, client liked it, so I’ve made one more for promoting day of Open doors. It was a good way to communicate with public. Everyone loves animation, a happy tune…after all we are all kids inside. πŸ™‚

If you’d like to see PP animation click here. πŸ™‚