November 13, 2018

My new goals as an illustrator and as a person


Sonia Nezvetaeva, illustrator


In a week it will be my birthday. I'll turn to 34.
So my revision of personal values is right here.

This year wasn't about drawing really. It was about my mind health. I had a successful therapy. I won my endless anxiety and panic attacks, that has been breaking my life for the 8 years, since I was 25. It is really long sad story with the happy end.

My second big achievement of the year is English. I have been learning English since I was 12. But I wasn’t sure in my skills at all. I couldn't fluently write and speak. I could only read. I have read several books, a lot of blog posts, I have listened a lot of podcasts and have saw thousands of videos, online courses. Buuut... You know, what I mean. The language barrier.
Maybe my therapy helped me, or maybe quantity turned into quality. I don't really know. But I'm here and I'm writing you in English. Not perfect enough yet (yes, sorry) but English. (And super big thanks to my Ann for helping and fixing and improving my texts)

And sure, I want to talk about my art too. It is really the most important part of who I am. So long I didn't draw. And Now I returned it into my life. And I'm very thankfull to my brain, my eyes and arms for keeping that skill for so long. I know all the reasons why I didn't draw and the one reason to go back to drawing. I love it so much. Without It I don't exist.

So now I have more plans to my creativity. The main focus is illustrating. I take several courses of illustrating. I research old masters works. I learn the History of art. I want to make my next step in this direction.  I already have a printshop on posterlounge. And I want to make posters with more focusing on art point not text.

About my blog and social media. I want to do something matherial not only digital. Want to have more conversations, more fitback from my customers and followers. Want to create a community to be part of. To help each other. To give and have support in hardest moments. To give pieces of advice about supplies, devices, apps, sites and platforms, tecniques, lessons, copyright and so on. To share my and your art, that is the most important reason. To show who we are. 

Let's do it and let's celebrate!
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November 8, 2018

Last Inktober results

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October 15, 2018

My 2nd Inktober week results


Sonia nezvetaeva, artist diary, dotwork

The 2nd week of inktober 2018 is off. Congratilations!

This week was really surprising for me.

After several fails last week I decided to give my mind as much freedom as I can. The"Star" theme wasn't inspirable for me, but the "flowing" one gave me a greate possebility to implement my old idea with "casting" form of flower. I will return to it after inktober end. I feel a big potencial here.


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Sonia nezvetaeva, artist diary, dotwork
Then was a "Cruel" and "Whale". For "Cruel" one I chose Venus Flytrap and join it with lion face. With main accent on dragonfly's wing to show its fragility. My friend Oxy gave me an advice to make an insects series of illustrations. I think, It's cool idea. What do you think?
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For "Whale" theme I unsuccessfully searched anything like "whale flower". And made my own one :) I was a bit confused by result. but my friends and followers said it's not bad. Ok. I'm really glad.
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For the "guarded" theme I drawed a kokia-cookie flower. A sad story about almost died plant. It lives only like a grafted shoots to other trees. Bc the only surviving kokia tree died, and botanists were able to save a few shoots. 


Sonia nezvetaeva, artist diary, dotwork

Sonia nezvetaeva, artist diary, dotwork

And the last one is a 4 o'clock flower. 

How do you like it? How is your inktober 2018?




All posts about inktober:
 
 

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October 8, 2018

My 1st inktober week results

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Inktober is here 8 days already.
And I understand, what is the main challenge of this challenge! It is accepting of your fails.

So lets talk about it.

The entire month of inktober you need to draw and post pics every single day. That means that you must share not only your best pics, but all of your works including with bad ones. Bc your life is continue. You need to do much more things than only drawing for challenge.

Several pics of inktober will be the best, but the most of them will be comsi comsa or not good at all. But you will post it anyway.

And it is a part of challege.
Last year I drew every single day in dotwork (new art technique for me). I was very involved and almost like a maniac. I had very successful art month, but almost all what I did was only for inktober.

This year I will go to my mom on the vacation for two weeks. Plus I have a lot more work now than a year ago. So. I really have a very little time to draw for inktober. But I want to participate. It gives me big motivation for the whole year.
It means I will do my best, but best to that particular day in that particular condition and those limits of energy.

So there are my 1st inktober week results. And I'm ok with it.
How is your inktober?


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September 26, 2018

5 ways to integrate inktober in your art


Sonia Nezvetaeva, sketcher, illustrator, dotwork, pointellism


"Sonia, I don't like official prompt list at all. I work on my own theme. How will my folowers react to this topics on my feed?". Ok, Let's think about this side of art challenges.

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1
Think about your own theme through the lens of the official prompt list

This is creative possibility to make your look on art richer.

For example, my own art topic is flowers. And official prompt list is all about adjectives. So, there are some examples:
poisonous + flower (such a big choice), tranquil + flower (valerian?), roasted + flower (so, nettle is ok), and so on.

2
Write your own prompt list

Last year I wrote the list of flowers I wanted to draw. And I drew my flowers one by one for inktober 2017. Or you can join to someones prompt list fitting your art topic (easy to find on Pinterest or Instagram, input "inktober prompt list").

3
Risk and try new!

You can make your own little challenge: defy yourself and try new topics, new materials or new stilisation on your works. It's a good reason to try it because it is inktober, The whole World is on your side!

4
Form a band!
 
You can connect with other artists (and your friends and folowers) and make joint action, friendly competitions and give a present to each other in the end.  And all are in, nobody worries about your usual topic. You all are in this adventure.

5
Add a narrative

Actually, It's my plan on inktober2018. I've been drawing flowers and only flowers for 2 years already. And I want to grow up on some direction. I want to move from simple sketches to illustrations, you know. I decided to add a little story in my pics. So, I invite you to join me on this way. I'll post my pics on my instagram profile.



I have prepared the pinterest desk to Inktober2018 https://www.pinterest.com/nezvetaeva/inktober-2018-prepare/
Please, recommend me your favorite inktober pics, I'd love to pin it too.


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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September 19, 2018

8 strategies to inktober 2018 for artists with time troubles


Sonia Nezvetaeva, Sketcher, Illustrator, 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!


If you have no time to draw, inktber 2018, Sonia Nezvetaeva, lotus, dotwork, pointellism


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!
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September 12, 2018

6 reasons to participate in Inktober 2018


Sonia Nezvetaeva, illustrator, sketcher, dotwork, pointellism

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.

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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/

All posts about inktober:

My 1st inktober week results
8 strategies to inktober 2018 for artists with time troubles
5 ways to integrate inktober in your art
About my inktober 2017 and aha-moments on my art way
 
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September 5, 2018

The Chrysanthemum named Alien and new motivation poster

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?


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August 14, 2018

Get back your time control



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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August 4, 2018

Recharge Your Heart



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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July 19, 2018

How to write a text for a poster?



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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July 5, 2018

My shop is here!

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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June 22, 2018

Your real full-time job!

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Today my husband said to me:
There's nothing wrong in being ordinary. 
There's nothing wrong in not being great, in not being known by millions, in not getting millions.
And at the same time (goodwill only) there's nothing reprehensible in being a man you want to be.

What a clever guy, right? It's easy to say. What about public pressure? How about your mother-father-fathers-friend-mothers-friend-uncle-joe's expecting about your future/family /job/career/salary/children's names? What about that tall smart handsome guy with estimating gaze from a cafe just around the corner? What about your favorite teacher that always said about your amazing life perspectives? How about your strict inner voice whispering "You are loser! Nobody loves you."

And guess what did my husband answer to all of these questions? "Not to care a dime!". Can you imagine my face at the moment? What do you mean not to care? It's my mom, actually.

I was always a girl "with the Future", a girl that can do everything, who has all the perspectives in the world. But I got sick, then I got married, and than I became a housewife. The game looked over. And all my friends, my family, my parents were frustrated about my career. What's up, little girl?

My husband asked: "Why do you think about people's expectations from you? Why do you want to be someone but not youself? Who did you say that a big-boss-man is happier than you? And why do you believe everyone but not yourself? You are not a dollar bill, you cann't please every person in the world. You must not. Your life your rules. Your full-time job is just to be happy".

Ururu, thats why I love him!

I asked him, what did he want to be when he was a kid? And he said, that he always wanted to be nobody but himself. Lucky man, isn't he? And he is so f*cking right. Because he is completely happy with his life, job, career and... even me and all the problems in my head. Whoever said anything.
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June 13, 2018

Am I a pointillist?

Sonia nezvetaeva, marker sketch, flower illustration, Petunia, Violet, Copic, Sketchmarkers, Promarker

Hi, everyone!
Welcome to my blog again!

What about dots? Why am I using dotwork in my sketches?
In 2017 I was drawing for Inktober the world flash mob. I really prepared to draw with ink (I Love colours , by the way). I made 31 points list of themes to draw and posted it in my instagram. There was nothing to fall back on. So Inktober has been started.

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June 5, 2018

New beginning

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Sinse the end of the March till yesturday I have not drew anything. No sketch, no pics, no photo in my Instagram. Did I live through this time or not?

In April I found out that there was a problem with copyright, when I took references for my project in the Internet. Hello, I am a queen of fails! In that moment I had an offer for my art from an international agency. And, I was like "Omg, I have to reject it!" Reject my first opportunity to make a big step... Any way, I did it. I did the right thing.

I was crushed, disappointed and upset. 6 months of my work became a zero. I thought about how can I be so stupid and whatnot. It was like a big emotional hollow. And I gave up. I thought I wasn't good enough for this way, this profession, this world. I've started the research another jobs, another things. Analysis, or math, or cleaner of doghouse? I had a lot of panic attacks one by one. It was terrible and exhausting. I asked myself "Am I mad? Do I need a help? Drugs? Therapy? What's wrong with me?" I was scared all the time. I was afraid of all the things.

And then my friend Fyo said to me: "Stop ruin your life and brain. Just learn your lessons, do your homework. And go! Do what you love." It was like a shock. Like a treatment, what I need. And in the next morning I became a completely normal person. With clear understanding, what I want to do now. Few simple words in the right moment, thanks to you, my dear friend!
Today in the morning I bought this domain name (again) and rebuilt my old blog. It's always the right moment to accept your mistakes, forgive yourself and restart your story.

This rose is my new beginning. 1st sketch for almost 3 months. And I'm happy again.
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