Playing Game with a capital G

Imagine that your soul is your mirror image somewhere in space, playing cards with other souls.
All cards are different, unique, rules are to play your own unique cards as best combination that makes you stand out. The goal is to avoid or undo/annul or overpower prejudices. There are no winers, there are no heroes, there are no opponents. It’s an art of fight without fighting to make life real life with purpose, to be universe we are – made of differences.

The dealer is displaying prejudices and all players are playing against them with a hand they have.

The trick is you have cards life gave you, it can be anything – you can be woman, man, transgender, any race, any religion.. What ever is prejudices aim that comes from cultural or physical references – is at least one card you have in your deck.. But the important cards are strength you have, it can be all the goods you have as a human.

What you need to do is play a game with a capital G, take no shit, own who you are, work on your self and love your self. You ain’t perfect, but guess what- no one is. But make it work. πŸ™‚

Take a look at the cards HERE!

Embrace your weird self or else… you’ll be a miserable fuck..

I was wandering about late night shifts and what people in security usually do while everyone is finished with their work day. And so I’ve created this imaginary person named Darinko.

Darinko is a guy who loves erotica, love wearing high heel shoes, he worships woman fashion and hates working boots.

He has been this way since 1979. when he lost his beloved wife. She was a tall woman, she had loooooong feet.. So, while mourning the loss of his wife, Darinko decided to wear her close and shoes to “hug” her in a way.
And that move made him love the feeling of tight high heel shoes on his feet.

The freedom to be true who he really is, Darinko decided to work late night shifts in institution as a guard. It’s very boring, this institution, no one has interest in it- so no robbers or intruders are expected. So Darinko has enough time to enjoy to be true to him self.. To be exact 8h a day every day. But still hiding, no full joy there.

//*Darinko is Cinderella in a way, his close friends are close to mice = RATS.//

World loves heroes, right? No. World is a hypocrite. Fakers are acting as heroes, weird is bullied or judged.. When you. let go of that hypocritical set-up life gets brighter, more bearable.

Hope you don’t need to be true to yourself behind closed doors, somewhere in a dark. And I hope you know that we are all weird and somewhat fucked up in mind and need to embrace it.
Embrace your weird shit and make world gasp! πŸ™‚

See you soon!

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™‚

Jump to GALLERY πŸ™‚

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™‚

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™‚



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™‚

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™‚

Bo and Om making Advent magic

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. πŸ™‚

You can see Bo and Om making Advent magic here. πŸ™‚

Bo and Om are born

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.

If you want to meet Bo & Om click here. πŸ™‚