Graphic designer in the making – sketchbook tour

Graphic designer in the making - a sketchbook tour

Those who read the blog will not be surprised if I say that I’m not exactly a fan of institutional art eductation. Teaching art is desparately hard: on the one hand the student needs to see if he is on the wrong track, on the other hand creativity is a very fragile thing, which can break very easily at the wrong touch. Criticism has to be put very cleverly, yet it has to be said, if the wish is for the student to grow.

At my old university, these expectations were not fulfilled. They usually tell you right in the face that what you are doing is rubbish, which I still haven’t got over completely. However, despite all negative experiences I have decided to give it another go: I am now back at school, studying graphic design at Corvin Art School, Budapest.

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3 classic illustrators to get into the Christmas spirit

3 classic illustrators to get you into the Christmas spirit

Even though I’m a great fan of modern – sometimes even minimalist – illustrations, it often happens in December that I get absorbed in looking at the old classics. There are many wonderful illustrators who have managed to capture the wintry atmosphere, but for me – unsurprisingly – it’s the British, who are closest to my heart.

To say a shamefully over-used cliché: I love curling up under a blanket with a cup of tea, pretend that I’m 4 years old, and flip through these old children’s stories, only to look at the beautiful pictures. So these are the illustrators who help me get into the Christmas mood even in the extreme rush of December.

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December calendars

From today on the last watercolour splash of the year is available for download. Red is of course the inevitable colour of December but I added a tiny bit of blue as well. I could say that I was thinking of snow, ice and cold weather when playing with this splash but the truth is I just like the combination of red with a bit of turquoise. I hope you feel the same way about these colours and you’ll use this downloadable calendar on your screens.

I’ve been thinking about 2018 as well: would you like to go on seeing downloadable calendars on this blog? I have a couple of ideas – this time more similar to the designs of the 2016 calendars – but I’m not sure if you want to go on with them. Let me know in the comments below or via Instagram!

hand-painted calendar for download 2017 December

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)

Alternative advent calendar – December art challenge

Alternative advent calendar - join the December art challenge

I’ve always had mixed feelings about advent calendars: on the one hand it is very exciting to open a little package every single day and so to get prepared for the holidays, but on the other hand I absolutely hate useless junk – and collecting 24 useful, tiny objects as present is one hell of a challenge. I’ve also been thinking about the fact that the greatest present these days is time. Time for yourself, time to look inside, which is even more elusive during the run-up time to Christmas than other times of the year. This is the reason I chose to create an advent calendar this year in which I give myself 15 minutes every single day. 15 minutes of free creating, without the pressure, without expectations.

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Blog birthday vol. 3 – A week in the life of a blogger

Blog birthday vol. 3 - A week in the life of a blogger

3 years ago today I published the first post on the blog Imelda Green’s. Of course not under this domain and not in the same form as these days, but I am still very proud to say that I’ve been posting more or less consistently ever since.

I had originally intended this blog to motivate me to create art regularly – just like some challenge. During those first months of planning however, I had no idea that I would meet blogger buddies who would later become friends or that I’d learn so much about social media marketing, but I knew from the first moment on that maintaining a quality blog beside a day-job would mean lot of extra work.

I attended a blogger event in Budapest this October, where one of the guests asked: how is it actually possible to create high-end material while doing a day-job, if it takes so much effort (as it was enphasized how much work it takes to create good quality content).

So today I’m celebrating my blog’s 3rd birthday by giving you a little insight into how a week looks like in the life of a blogger (& illustrator). October was a rather busy month round here, so I chose to describe the last week of that month, as it gives you a fairly good idea of how these busy periods look like. You’ll see that I’m the type of blogger who likes to plan everything at least a month in advance (preferably more), so no unexpected event can interfere with my posting schedule.

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Behind the scenes #7 – What happened this October?

What happened this October - a month in the life of an illustrator

There’s no point in pretending things to be more glamorous than they are: October was a complete amuck. Not only because of the excessive amount of work that I’ve been doing – even though that aspect was also present – but also because I’ve been doing so many different things that I haven’t had time to process all my new (and lovely) experiences. This is partly why I decided to write this post, on a slightly therapeutic note.

I’ll become a graphic designer – officially

Some might know that I’m not exactly a fan of institutional design classes but it’s been annoying me for a while that even though I do graphic work all the time, I cannot ‘officially’ call myself a graphic designer. By last spring it had been annoying me so much that I decided to start yearly course in graphic design (while maintaining my day job). After some research my decision fell on Corvin Art School (Budapest), so since the end of September, I spend every Wednesday and Friday evening at their graphic design classes. Even though I’m planning to write a longer post on my experiences, I can already say that the heavy workload gives me both a hard and very enjoyable time. The extreme amount of work has a very good impact on my creativity, and it is out of the question that a day could pass by without actually drawing – or at least thinking about how to execute a certain design. At the moment it is fairly hard to grasp that this pace of life will continue until next June, but I sincerely hope that I will get used to it at some point.

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November calendars

November is one of the year’s least popular months – perhaps this is the reason why I started to feel sorry for it and learned to like it. This liking went so far that at some point this rainy, foggy, dark month became my favourite. Since then it is not that popular with me either, but I still like to curl up in an armchair with a cup of cocoa or tea and plan Christmas ahead – well before the madness of December.

This month’s watercolour splash conveys the rainy mood pretty well I think, with its purples and blues. Along with the monthly calendar, you can bring a perfect seasonal atmosphere right onto your screen. ;)

hand-painted calendar for download 2017 November

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)

Feeling the fear…

Feeling the fear - how to get over fear as an artist

I’m looking at my to-do list: I should paint, try new techniques so I have things to write blog posts about and take pictures of. But I should also cook, clean my apartment, and I haven’t met my best friend in ages. Plus my cat can’t wait for me to play with him a bit.

This is more or less what my inner monologues sound like when I procrastinate. There’s an endless number of excuses why I can’t sit down to my desk and draw the first line, but of course it’s not these – indeed important but not crucial – tasks that stop me from painting. What stops me is fear.

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That magical inspiration

The magical inspiration - how and how not to get inspired

I have been asked several times before: what are the things that inspire me during my painting process? If I were very honest and straightforward, I would say „the works of other illustrators and designers”, but of course, no artist says anything like this in case they are accused of stealing. It is just as well, since inspiration is something slightly more complicated than that, so today I’m going to ramble a bit about this subject.

According to definition Inspiration (from the Latin inspirare, meaning “to breathe into”) refers to an unconscious burst of creativity in a literary, musical, or other artistic endeavour. (Source)

Now that the academic approach has been cleared, we can admit that the word ‘inspiration’ is one of today’s favourite and most over-used expressions. It is the kind of cliché, which makes my mind switch off at the first mention of it. Under the pre-text of ‘inspiration’ anything can be sold: a kitchy photo, a perfectly banal quote or even a collection of images. Needless to say, I have also jumped the band-wagon, I create inspirational posters, and what’s more, I titled an entire category on this blog ‘inspiration’ – but I’ll tell you a secret: my paintings are hardly ever inspired by such things.

The way it doesn’t work

Inspiration actually means something different for all of us: something might be inspiring for me, which is not inspiring for you. Therefore it follows logically, that what I’m saying here may not apply to you.

However, we all have that feeling in common when we are just uninspired, so we have to accept the painful fact that inspiration is not always at reach whenever we need it. So don’t expect magic to happen if you fill a tub with foamy hot water and recite ‘I’m getting inspired now’ (even though it sometimes helps).

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5 illustubers to follow

A couple of months ago Youtube has sucked me in so deeply that I was watching the screen day and night. Not that I hadn’t used this amazing platform before, but the time had finally come when I wasn’t looking for videos according to topic, but according to creators.

This is how I met the expression ‘illustuber’, which is quite simply an illustrator, who runs a youtube channel. These fantastic artists share their experiences, tell about both the bright and dark sides of their profession, show their favourite art supplies, or just chat about their pets. No surprise, I became quite addicted for a while. It is interesting that in many cases I am not drawn to the artist’s style so much as his/her professional knowledge, and I’m ever so grateful for the amount of information I learned from these guys.

I’m still in the process of exploring new faces but there are a few favourites, whose videos I always watch when they upload something. They are the ones I’m going to introduce today.

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