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

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™‚

Workshop – stop motion animation

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 VuciΔ‡, 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. πŸ™‚

Workshop time – illustrations

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

If you like to see workshop illustrations and final works you can click here. πŸ™‚

T-shirts


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. πŸ™‚

You can click here to see T-shirts. πŸ™‚