A few words about copying…

The ethic of copying artwork

Copying is kind of a taboo topic among Artists. In posh circles it is common to say that those who copy actually steal, cheat, and use the wrong way to develop their skills. It is therefore lucky, that I don’t call myself an Artist with a capital ‘A’, nor do I belong to posh circles, so I can share my views without fear of losing my “status”.

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New medium #3 – Pen and ink

A series about experimenting with new techniques - pen and ink

What is it that crosses the architect’s mind when it comes to ink? Hatching, university, descriptive geometry… To put it shortly, my experiences are rather horrible, not to mention that this technique is somewhat similar to graphite pencil drawing, which is another thing I’m not friends with. Last November, however, I had no option but to give it another go with black ink at the illustration workshop and BOOM! I’ve been using it ever since.

What is this section?

One of the conclusions I drew from the illustration workshop was that I’ve become a bit lazy: I am not experimenting enough with new techniques, I am happy in my bubble of watercolours. Of course, there is nothing wrong with dwelling deep in one medium and learning all the secrets but if you don’t get out of your comfort zone you miss a lot of fun. So I’ve decided to start a new series on the blog: I’m going to try techniques that are new to me and tell you guys about my experiences.

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April calendars

Here I am uttering again “I can’t believe it’s already April!” I suppose the only person who can be more surprised at the passing of time is a grandmother who sees her granchild for the first time in two weeks.

No, seriously, I am happy to announce that finally I can smell spring in the air and I have crawled out of my cave at last. I am childishly happy about yellow flowers, sunshine and that I can shoot along bump around on my scooter in the cobbled streets of Budapest.

It follows logically that the downloadable calendars for April are now available for free on the blog, awaiting to cheer you up whether you use PC, a laptop or phone (or whatever smarties you prefer).

hand-painted calendar for download 2017 April

I have made this calendar in several sizes so you can use it from different sized screens as well as a smart phone. I hope you enjoy this free download :)

Sizes: 1024×768 | 1280×720 | 1440×900 | 1920×1080 (latter for smart phone)

Creatives out there – 4 blogposts for creators

Round-up of blogposts about creativity

I absolutely love reading round-up posts by other bloggers. When my favourite bloggers collect articles they’ve enjoyed reading that month I usually set the post aside and keep it for the evening, when I take a mug of tea and find a cosy spot to read through. So it was only a matter of time when I’d create my own similar blogpost.

The topic of creativity is not that widely written about as, for instance, lifestyle, so these articles are not exactly the most recent, at least when it comes to publish date, but they are all perfectly relevant today. So here are 4 articles, which I enjoyed reading this past couple of months.

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Creating on this side of your comfort zone

Watercolour painting floral motifs on this side of my comfort zone

Yes, we all know that life starts out of your comfort zone and if you are not willing to step out of it, then you can only blame yourself, etc. If you catch yourself enthusiastically nodding to these statements, you might as well close the tab, because this post is written in defence of the comfort zone.

Of course I also jumped on the bandwagon when it comes to this popular statement. In the last couple of months I took a machete a slashed my comfort zone into pieces – both in my professional and private life. As a result (or not) I am writing this post slightly drugged by antifebrile and having a damp cloth wrapped around my aching head.
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March calendars

I think that my latest downloadable calendar definitely has a spring mood in it. By this time I am usually so fed up with greys that it is bright colours (especially yellows) which cheer me up most effectively. So I am awaiting spring with this yellow-green watercolour splash :)

Are you looking forward to spring too?

hand-painted calendar for download 2017 March

I have made this calendar in several sizes so you can use it from different sized screens as well as a smart phone. I hope you enjoy this free download :)

Sizes: 1024×768 | 1280×720 | 1440×900 | 1920×1080 (latter for smart phone)


Watercolour painting class – minimalist Solar System

Watercolour tutorial - the solar system

If anyone decides to do watercolours it is inevitable to bump into galaxies at some point. No wonder: they are colourful, you can splash around and it is practically impossible to spoil them. In my case, I also have an unfortunate obsession with all things space and stars… so here we go, I painted a minimalist style Solar System.

This picture was actually created in 20 minutes (not counting drying time) and is a crossing between an incredibly cool tatoo and my love of watercolour splashes. I had been browsing through some amazing space-themed tatoos when I found this piece, which concentrates on the most characteristic features of the planets in the Solar System in a lovely, minimalist style. It’s been love at first sight, even if I wouldn’t have it on my skin (yet).

As it was so easy to make this painting I decided to share the details with you, perhaps you also get into planet-painting. So, here is a step by step guide on my watercolour Solar System:

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New medium #2 – Lino cutting

A series about experimenting with new techniques - lino cutting

I first met lino-cutting at an afternoon class in primary school. I immediately fell in love with it but stopped working with it right away, as this technique is fairly complicated and also a little dangerous (at least for children). I came across it again during the illustration workshop that I took part in last year.

What is this section?

One of the conclusions I drew from the illustration workshop was that I’ve become a bit lazy: I am not experimenting enough with new techniques, I am happy in my bubble of watercolours. Of course, there is nothing wrong with dwelling deep in one medium and learning all the secrets but if you don’t get out of your comfort zone you miss a lot of fun. So I’ve decided to start a new series on the blog: I’m going to try techniques that are new to me and tell you guys about my experiences.

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