Behind the scenes #8 – What happened this winter?

Behind the scenes - what I illustrated this winter

It is still snowing round here, but I am soon confident in announcing that winter is over, spring is coming. I had planned Januray to be a slow month after the hustle and bustle of December, but – just as it often happens with plans – things turned out differently. Winter became such a busy season that I have decided to share it with you.

21 days, 13 paintings

To tell the truth I am no good at challenges (even though I can manage a week-long one) but now I have landed myself in a situation very much like an art challenge. I had wanted to document the moments of our relationship with my SO but it was only in December that I came up with the idea of the Exercisebook of love. Obviously I had no chance to do anything about it in the Christmas rush but Valentine’s Day seemed a good chosen deadline (have I said I like working to a deadline?). At that time it had seemed that 1,5 months would be a comfortable time to finish the project but during the process of creating, ideas started generating themselves. I had more and more pages pop into my head, so I worked on the Exercisebook nearly every day. You might have seen the inside pages on Facebook or Instagram.

Behind the scenes - what I illustrated this winter

Custom portraits in the making

One good thing about art challenges is that you get comfortable doing a certain thing. It was the same with the Exercisebook, as now I am much more at ease doing portraits. And as if the universe had seen this, I got landed with several portrait comissions. I had done my first family portrait last December, but this time it was much more about weddings – invitations and wedding presents.

Behind the scenes - what I illustrated this winter

Still in graphic design school

In December I hardly had time to dwell deeply in graphic design tasks, so January brought much catching up on that side of life – especially as the dark clouds of half-term presentations were looming closer and closer above my head. However, I consider my greatest success this season not the fact that I managed to hand in a good portfolio without doing sleepless nights, but that I finally walked into my free-hand drawing classes. Due to my former negative experiences at university the thought of drawing after a model had made the hairs on my neck stand on end. BUT, I managed to swallow the frog. Apparently I am the only one who was surprised at the fact that I am not untalented after all, even though I still sit fuming some 10-15 minutes in front of the blank paper before drawing the first lines. Since the first occasion I regularly attend my drawing classes (perhaps in fear of the elan vanishing).

Big events for a small blog

A blogger is like a parent: she is very proud of her offspring and would be glad to shout out its successes to the world – even if nobody gives a damn but her. I am no exception, I feel the need to tell how happy I am that I could participate in a radio interview with Noémi Récsei for Radio Patria. My new calendar has also been shared by Hungarian bloggers Panyi Zsuzsi and Vous, for which I am awfully excited. Hereby, I would like to thank them. I would also like to thank YOU guys, as we have finally reached the magical 1k followers on Instagram. <3

Behind the scenes - what I illustrated this winter

Blogger on vacation

When work gets thick the thing you least long for is travelling – at least until the moment you step out of the door. From then on you get blissfully forgetful about deadlines, especially if your road leads to the ski slope. At the end of February I was racing along the hills on my skis for the first time in 12 years – and I feel rather smug in announcing that I can ski with just as much grace as I had done 12 years ago. So I returned to civilization without any broken bones and can go on painting without a break.

Behind the scenes - what I illustrated this winter

How did the winter season pass for you?


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