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, Pelješac… 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.. 🙂
Drop a comment or click here to see Bo and Om in new adventures. 🙂
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. 🙂
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. 🙂
It was 3 days after Christmas, earthquake again. It was like Earth farted, loudly, making a point that we are in a episode of Twilight zone. Point made, bones stiff, blood frozen, I’ve made illustration of Bo and Om waked up by earthquake.
It was an impact that brought up PTSP from March, but we all hoped that was it.. It’s last of this 2020. nightmare/shitty horror movie. Day after was massive, long, noisy, ugly earthquake near Petrinja. Christmas joy died. People lost their homes, loved ones.. Horror.
But one thing was, still is, shining in the moments of darkness, human hearts. Croatians united quickly, gave their homes to ones in need, gave help in every way imaginable.
Grinch was on steroids but Bo and Om had their way to strike back. So they did, they smashed and destroy 2020. like 2020. destroyed all the joy, freedom and security.. 🙂
You can click here to see Bo and Om smashing 2020. 🙂
As time of Christmas was close I’ve made daily illustrations. We all have our idea of Christmas spirit and how that time of year is special, so Bo and Om were my idea of Christmas spirit. Every week Bo and Om made something in advent tradition.
Every illustration was inspired by random quotes, songs and daily life in winter. Bo and Om were my extension to share magic that was kidnapped by pandemic. As numbers of ill and dead went up, my illustrations went more colorful. 🙂
After I finished illustration workshops, I went to stop motion workshop.
Stop motion animation workshop was so fun and difficult. People think stop motion animation is easy, animation in general is all about good plan, organization, small details and effects. As workshop went on, I’ve learned so much.. but lack of practice made me eager to work harder. Our teacher Luka Vucić, bless him, showed his work, all props and puppets, tips and tricks. So we got the idea what to make for our final work.
In the end of workshop I’ve made stop motion animation about how God made Earth. Idea was that God sneezed and his snot hit the planet.. and voila Earth was made.
If you’d like to see stop motion animations from this workshops click here. 🙂
Few years back I’ve went to art workshops at Atelje na br.1. I’ve started with illustration workshop. It lasted for two month, we made illustrations in every possible media, and had freedom to make whatever we wanted. In the end of workshop we had to make our final work.
I had these two characters Eyed girl and Hairy potato and wanted to make a scene. Teacher gave me an idea to make diorama or space to look like theatre. So I’ve decided to make diorama in a shoebox. To make it a bit interesting I’ve put small led lamp inside. 🙂
I went to other workshops and made Ludo game and coloring book for kids and parents as my final work. It was a lot of fun making small personal projects. I’ve learned how to plan and make projects to last and have a story. 🙂
If you like to see workshop illustrations and final works you can click here. 🙂
Summer was so close I could smell heated dog shit in the air. Atmosphere in Croatia was ok. Zagreb was recovered from shock, but not from disappointment in institutions and mayor, but that wasn’t something new. Pandemic was under some control, people were happy – sunshine can do magic to humans.
It was hard to think new set of illustrations. I was reading the first book of the Gentleman Bastard, great book btw., and than it hit me. Boys always have fun, their friendships lasts, have adventures.. Why in a world I wouldn’t make 2 characters that would show all this wonderful things we share with best friend.
I knew many people illustrate these things and it’s already seen, but I had to do it for myself. Bo and Om as BOOM were born, yellow and blue creature, friends, a match made in heaven. They love life and consider to consume it properly.
In the end of March earthquake shook things up in Zagreb, made a mess. Buildings in center of Zagreb were damaged quite badly and for most people homes and security was gone in a heartbeat. No need to go in full details about the feelings and atmosphere in minds of all of us who experience that day.
It was April, pandemic was still like alien invasion, I was behind closed doors still scared. In that time I was finished with series of Quarantine illustrations and trying to find new project to make time bearable till summer.
My dear friends liked illustrations of veggies and fruit and some old ones I have showed them, asked me to make them printed T-shirts. They choose illustrations and I started to convert them to digital form. After few weeks I’ve made everything prepared for print.
I found nice print studio that have good quality T-shirts and made arrangements. So in a month I have finished project T-shirts and survived another month in this new (dis)order. 🙂
This series of illustrations I’ve made as pandemic started. To escape panic attacks, anxiety and “what if’s”, I’ve buried my head in paper and started to illustrate. Idea was to make fruit and vegetables livable places and spaces, or buildings, vehicles anything that will make me escape or hide from reality. 🙂 I was thinking if we are what we eat, than, shit, this virus was legit. Why not meet possibility living on food or travel by one.. maybe in this quarantine I might have a chance to see that we are reckless and annoyingly forgetful of freedom, nature and relationships with ourselves and others.. 🙂