• Creative,  Picture books illustrations

    Cleopatra and Mr. Tibbles- story by Zoe Tucker

    Original text by Zoe Tucker – Author- Art Director- Designer.

    Here is a sample of  illustrations for  Zoe ‘s  text as a study for M.A.T.S. class by Lilla Rogers and Zoe Tucker 

     

    Cleopatra Bathing in Donkey milk when ..Mr Tibbles…

     

     

                     

    details

     

          ” The night, when everyone in the palace was sleeping Mr Tibbles howled his biggest, loudest, saddest meow …”

     

    Cat posing

     

     

    Mr Tibbles  ..himself

     

     

     

     experimenting in the style of the artwork with collages of watercolour washes

     

     

    How do you feel today Cleo ?

     

     

  • Creative,  Travel

    MADRID – SPAIN

    My trip to Madrid, last year,  was “my last trip”  before Corona virus kept  us all locked down in our houses and away from travelling abroad.

    My memories of Madrid are vivid, colorful and full of tasteful flavours of the Spanish tapas.

    So when it came to painting something about Madrid I thought of those lovely little shops that serve Paella that I would love to visit again.

     

    and in a closer look

     

     

     

  • Creative,  Picture books illustrations

    Stretching Wings

                    ” The wings that unfold “

                                          ( Οι φτερούγες που τεντώνουν)

    My friend  Christina  (@iprigipessa , blog here ) who is a very talented blogger, mother and inspirational creature in general, one day impulsively she wrote a magnificent text about a Mother’s thinking while preparing her child for the first day at school (while the child keeps responding to all the mother doubts and fears…in a humorous way).

    When I read it, I was really touched and awakens my emotions (since I have a child in that age too…) and decided that I wanted to illustrate it – no matter what.

    Here are some of my illustrations (but only 3 of them since it is my recent work and still under the creation process…)

    take a look- and tell me what emotion evokes to you…

    “My little, in your eyes I see all of the sky, I see the forests to grow and a world without deceit”

    “-Mom, where do you see all these I am wondering?”

     

    “My little , in your eyes I see the stars of the whole universe, I see schools and beautiful classrooms , and I see you making a new world”

    “- Mom, Why to make a “new ” world ? This one is already so beautiful!”

     

    ” Look at the time! It ‘s nine o clock! Tell grandma a goodbye! I don ‘t want you to be late!”

    “- So tell her, to stop kissing me then !”

     

    “You are going to return where you belong, sweet start of a new beginning. I know, I am a little stressed myself.”

    “-I see that Mom, I would say you have A LOT of stress! But, I am fine , you know!”

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    PORTRAITS – FAMOUS PEOPLE

     

    AUDREY HEPBURN

     

     

    Mixed media work with analogical and digital technique, that started with a quick  sketch of Audrey in Watercolour.

    Then I thought of making this kind of poster.

    I have included  some of the most famous film titles and in simple sketches the most characteristics and stylish poses with the sun-glasses and the other with the cigar! The dress was a bonus !

     

     

    NIKOLA  TESLA

     

    I feel that Tesla is  the “Van Gogh of Science“. Personal opinion.

    His life was full of disappointments, failures, and he died alone.

    He never received the recognition he deserved in his living years.

    That gives me a romantic feeling for this  great scientist and  I chose pink for my colour pallet.

     

                                         CLEOPATRA

    OK something Bold and flamboyant.

     

    ISADORA DUNCAN

     

    I read the biography of this great dancer and choreographer Isadora Dunkan (1877- 1927) when I was very young.

    She was  inspired of  Ancient Greek choreographies and she was called “the bare foot dancer”. She was dancing in abandoned ancient temples at a time when a few people had some kind of admiration or knowledge about Antiquity.

    I admired her passion for dancing, her inner fire and of course I was shocked about the tragedies in her life (lost both her children in a tragic accident)

    and of course her death was so tragic like her whole life (drowned when her scarf was caught on one of the rear wheels of the sports car where she was riding).

     

     

    “The Wind? I am the Wind.

    The Sea and the Moon? I am the Sea and the Moon.

    Tears, pain, love, bird-flights? I am all of them.

    Sin, prayer, flight, the light that never was on land or sea?

    I dance what I am.”

                                                                                                    Isadora Duncan 

     

    I chose watercolour washes to bring out this etherial feeling for this woman’s dancing.

  • Creative,  Picture books illustrations

    An Elephant astronaut

    An   Elephant – Astronaut

    This Artwork is my participation on the ILLUSTRATORS WALL in Bologna (April 24th – August 31st 2021 ) – Bologna Children’s Book Fair

     

     

     

     

    Out in the desert and in the wilderness , lived an Elephant and a Banana tree..

    They were close friends.

    One day the Elephant had a strange dream…

    He dreamt of flying in the Universe and around were shining stars

    He was wearing  his astronaut uniform but it happened to be really small…

    -” What is going on here, where am I ?”.. the elephant asked himself…”

    (to be continued…)

     

     

    Some pics of  the making progress…

     

     

     

  • Creative,  Travel

    Copenhagen – DENMARK

     

    Copenhagen – Hans Christian Andersen’s  home town –

    A city like fairy tale.

    The rooftops of the buildings was the most inspiring  of all and if you look my sketch book of  Copenhagen this is how it looks :

     

    I should not forget  to mention the unparalleled Design, that of the Scandinavian countries – an ode to practicality!

    And the dreamy  National Gallery – especially the section with the  Danish painters I visited and I was really amazed !!

    You can get an idea here from the official site of the National Gallery.

    What was really new for me was how Danish people were visiting the National Gallery:

    There were  comfortable large sofas in the rooms,  that you could sit and stare the paintings for hours in a really comfortable and  relaxing way like you were in your living room! Also in all theGallery there where many many babies, toddlers and children crawling at the floors and interact with the view of those great paintings!

     

    Angie

  • THE " GAME OF PAINT " BLOG

    “Diamonds are forever “…but I am NOT

     

    Diamonds are forever …but I am NOT!

    ” Diamond or Pencil  …it is a matter of pressure and temperature …”

     

    “The minerals diamond and graphite have the same chemical composition. They are both crystalline forms of Carbon. But they have different physical capacities. Diamond is the hardest mineral, it is transparent with an extremely strong glow. On the other hand, graphite is one of the softest minerals, it is black and dies easily (common pencils), it is opaque and has a minimum of glow. 

    These extreme contrasts reflect the difference in crystallization conditions in terms of Pressure and Temperature.Ever since I came across this info I was profoundly impressed and has kept my mind thinking about it. Although I was reading about the chemical form of rocks, in a Geology book, I was feeling to read a Psychology, Philosophy or even a kind of self-help book…

    What pressure have I suffered in terms of family, work and relationships?
    Life has taught me that the only pressure that never ends is the pressure coming from within.

    Also has  convinced me that there is no such thing as “early” or “late” to start with everything you love doing ! There are no “grades” or exams to worry about.
    Adulthood, with any cost, allows you to do as you wish! (tweet this).

    It is said that “Diamonds are girl ‘s best friends ” but this girl (me) Pencils are far more beloved friends! 

    I want to write my story in graphite, erase and rewrite again… and I want to do it TODAY!

    So follow along ..