8 to inktober 2018 for artists with time troubles

19 сентября 2018 г.

19 сентября 2018 г.
If you have no time to draw, inktber 2018, Sonia Nezvetaeva, lotus, dotwork, pointellism



After the post about reasons to participate in Inktober 2018, I have received a lot of masages like "Sonia, I have no time to draw every day" or "Are you crazy to spend all you days by drawing?" So, to be honest, I am :) Buuut I have some lifehacks for you, guys!


8 strategies to inktober 2018 for artists with time troubles

1
One step at a time

You can do one big art work (A4 or A3) for the whole month.
It may be comics, or a map, or a story, or a pattern with different elements (for every theme from the list or without following the list or following your own one) . 

2 
Better to draw something than nothing

You can come up with an idea of your own little art challenge. 15 min sketch a day.  A little, 1,5-2 inch size.  You can do even 1-2-min sketches. You have 31 tries to catch the moment!

3
 Minimum of means at most effect

For example, you can use just contour with no filling, or only main forms with no details.

4
Make your own font

You can do only one letter or number with art element per day.

5
A calendar

You can fill you month calendar blocks with tiny pics about your life occasions. In the end of the month you'll have a beatiful logs-page of your October 2018.
 6
 Go with the flow

You can try zen-art or doodling for every day relaxing practice. On 31st October you'll be a very calm person :) 

7
Shadow theatre
You can do a silhouette of something you'd like to draw. If you chose the story or legend or fairy tales, on 31st October you will heve a whole company of heroes.

8
Abstractions 

Spots, drops, smudges. Monotype, toothbrushs, led the ink. You can let your arms to lead your mind and find any meanings in abstract spots.



In any case, have fun! Inktober is for you, it is not a big deal to participate or not. But you can draw day by day, or every second day, or even just only one day. It is ok, it is better than nothing, you know!


Official Jake Parker's page: https://www.mrjakeparker.com/
The Inktober project: https://inktober.com/
Jake Parker's help: https://inktober.com/faq/

My inktober 2017: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/nezvetaeva_inktober17/

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6 reasons to participate in Inktober 2018.

12 сентября 2018 г.

12 сентября 2018 г.

Sonia Nezvetaeva, illustrator, Inktober, hydranges, sketch, dotwork

I have been already written how inktober influenced for my artist style. The next October and Inktober 2018 will come soon. Lets think of the reasons to do it again!

#inktober is the cult drawing flash mob made by Jake Parker, american comics illustrator, in 2009. Every year artists from all over the World partisipate in Inktober and share theirs works on social media. Every time Jake makes the official prompt list. And everybody can draw something he'd like with the only (not a strict) condition to use only ink.

6 reasons to participate in Inktober 2018.

1

31 days of continuous practice help you to improve your art skills. Practice makes perfect.

2 

You will have a big support from the inktober community. If you share your art works on social media, you will received feedback, likes and comments from other participaters. Please, convert it in your drawing energy!


3

You will meet with another artist from all over the world.  You could find your mind-people and built new relaitionship.

4

You'll see how another artists decide commons themes on theirs works. It will help you to be more creative and brave in your work.

5

You will create 31 (or a bit less or more) art works, that will give you a number of material to work with for a year. You could create art prints, designs for printshops, stocks or your own brand.


6

The main reason is that you are a little part of big action. The whole world is drawing all together for a month. That is crazy motivation, isn't it?
 

Official Jake Parker's page: https://www.mrjakeparker.com/
The Inktober project: https://inktober.com/
Jake Parker's help: https://inktober.com/faq/

My inktober 2017: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/nezvetaeva_inktober17/

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The Chrysanthemum named Alien and new motivation poster.

5 сентября 2018 г.

5 сентября 2018 г.
Sonia Nezvetaeva, artist lifestyle blog, dorwork, posterlounge



The story of this Chrysanthemum is a bit funny.

I decided to draw a chrysanthemum scketch to my mom. She really loves those flowers a lot. I've recearch all the Internet for references for my project. And found beautiful photos on @bahramjiphotography's instagram (please, swipe the gallery on link). I was so impressed and started to draw immediatly.
I was drawing it with all my heart, but in graphic my chrysanthemum was a little creepy, you know. It wasn't like a sweet nice cute flower for my dear mommy :) 

I decided to find another reference and remade mom's sketch. But I'm still in love with this pic. Do you see the eye of space? I call him Alien! (Is it ok to give names to sketches? :))

And I made a new poster with my mysterious blossom. Do you like it like I do? (so immodesty!) 

Do you want to see my second chrysanthemum sketch for my mom?


My instagram @nezvetaeva 
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Get back your time control

14 августа 2018 г.

14 августа 2018 г.


All the 2 weeks I didn't have any time for drawing.
It was about organizations, meets with customers, making usual home and life things, like cleaning and visiting doctors. Really endless to-do-list.

In the certain moment I was like, omg, I can't even go to bed before the midnight, WTH?
Yesterday I was looking through old images on my laptop and figured out my sketches for the Fern poster and realized, that it was a letter to future me from my past. I'm stuck and overload. And whatever it was unbelievable I said to myself I'm just on the way to my treasure. Like a fern! So silly and weird but it works!

Today morning I had sit and write several letters for my customers with all my situation and with apologizing rescheduled all the deadlines. I just CAN'T to do all this things in this small time. One my customer canceled his order. Two other customers confirmed theirs tasks for me with new timing. Nobody died. The Earth didn't roll upside down. I got back my time control.

You really already have all the answers. 

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Recharge Your Heart

4 августа 2018 г.

4 августа 2018 г.


Today I went home. I was on the vocation with my husband for 2 weeks. We were on Black sea side in Bulgaria.
I took a sketchbook and several markers, but as usual I didn't draw at all. In journey I usually collect material. I make photos of flowers , I think a lot about my plans. I write a lot of texts and thoughts. I refill my inner source of power.

Also I write letters to my friends and partners. I refresh my links with people I love. I dive in memories, old photography, past experiences and pics. Just to be sure that I am on the right path. That the plan I built in the past was complete. That the way I chosen still the one that I need to arrive on the right place in time. Just check it out.

It's always like a writer's retreat. I collect all the ideas that come to my mind. I make many lists of things I want to do than I came home. In the end of the journey I want to return to my job as quickly as possible and start a new chapter in my life. 

How are you?

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How to write a text for a poster?

19 июля 2018 г.

19 июля 2018 г.


Let's talk about creating process.
Yesterday I uploaded the new poster on posterlounge. How do I make it? 

The first step, of course, a sketch. But in my case, I just took my old pic with a fern leaf. I made a calligraphy, came up with a compsition. And thought, what a fern could mean?

I researched proverbs, fairy tales, legends and quotes about a fern. And found the perfect Ancient Slavic legend saying that if you could find a blooming fern at the 2nd August night (Elijah the Prophet's day) under it there's a treasure.
Than I thought about how can I link this story with motivation and self-help things. I started a brainstorm. I was looking for something between fern's features and tired men, who needs a bit of support. A swamp, stucking, no choice, no something to focus on, tired, and so on. I took a metaphor and changed it, took another one, and another one, and another one.



I started to write to my friend Anna:

[17.07, 22:25] Sonia Nezvetaeva: You could have no flowers. You could have no variety. You could think you are ordinary. But you are always gorgeous. The fern hides treasure inside.

[17.07, 22:45] Sonia Nezvetaeva: You could have no flowers. You could have no variety. You could think you are ordinary. But you should always remember that you are gorgeous. You have your own unique power. The fern knows where the treasure is.

[17.07, 23:06] Sonia Nezvetaeva: You stuck in the swamp. You feel you are ordinary. You have no variety. Nothing happens. Life has no flowers. But you know you are always gorgeous. Like a fern that always knows there treasure is.


We argued, agreed, remade, rewrote this little piece of text. Flowers or blossoms? Is a Variety a good word here? What exactly did a fern do? What did I try to say? My husband wanted the text to be shorter. Anna said that it is too short. And so on and on and on. By the way I had limits of my composition. And in the end I wanted to give some energy to my potencial customer.


[18.07, 00:06] Sonia Nezvetaeva: You stuck. You feel ordinary. Nothing happens. No flowers to be proud. But you have a secret world inside. Like a fern that  covers its his treasure. Wait for your time. 

[18.07, 00:16] Sonia Nezvetaeva: You stuck in the swamp. Nothing happens. You feel you are ordinary. Life has no flowers. But you have a secret world inside. Like a fern that covers its treasure. Wait for your time.

So, It was a fun but real challenge for our brains :)


Next morning I take the first half of the 5th var and the second half of the 6th var. And joined it in the final.

So It is not so perfect, but i hope It can be helpful to someone who looks for kind and positive words.

You can find the fern poster here https://www.posterlounge.com/artists/sonia-nezvetaeva/.

Hope your summer is amazing! Hugs.

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My shop is here!

5 июля 2018 г.

5 июля 2018 г.
Sonia Nezvetaeva on Posterlounge

Hi, guys! How are you doing?

I have big news to share with you!
But first coffee and story :).

Few months ago I thought about what's the next step.

I had been drawing for 2 years by then (for many more years actually, but we'll talk about it next time). I finished my second sketchbook, had about 100 markers in my art supplies. I have made 2 projects for customers with my illustrations. I felt confident in my direction, skills, lines and dots.

Well, I have started the research of any new life forms for my pictures. Thanks to my friend Anna I decided to write some letters to international agencies and print shops asking to present my art. And I received the first offer. Because of problems with copyrights (read my very first post, please) I had to reject it.

But I learned my lesson and did several new sketches with my own and free references. Also I wrote to all the authors of photos that I used for my pics like references and ask if I could sell those sketches. Almost all of them agreed. And 3 weeks ago I rewrote all the letters again. And they confirmed the offer again.

Then I uploaded the first pic with a rose and had note from they support, what it isn't good quality and I need to remake it. Also they sent me the list of my pics from my Instagram profile which they want to have on theirs site. I was very impressed by their attitude towards me and my work. They did not block my account, they gave me a second try and helped to understand what would be good for my shop. It was really helpful.

Mandy from support team really made me rethink my own art in new direction. I made a research of motivated quotes and didn't find smth really good. And I wrote my own thoughts. In English. With all my heart. I found a place to scan my sketches with a good resolution.  I made calligraphy. And made my first design for a poster and they approved it. And it was like a real new step that I want. So, guys!

This is my poster shop on posterlounge.com https://www.posterlounge.com/artists/sonia-nezvetaeva/. Welcome!

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