Sunday, 21 September 2014

Back home from Curaçao

Chris and I have just returned from our holiday yesterday. Lots will be happening from now on and so the time off was a great way to recharge batteries and clear our minds. I've planned a lot of exciting projects for myself for the upcoming weeks & I really look forward to sharing these with you one by one here.

One of the projects I've worked on really hard in the weeks before I've left for hols was launching a portfolio with my illustrations, you can now see it live on, yoohooo! Do feel free to give me feedback, you can either leave a comment here or if you wish, shoot me an e-mail. I would love to hear what you think!

Here are a few shots from our hols in Curaçao:
You might have seen these on my Instagram account already :)

& here is a list of 10 things I've done for the very first time in my life (so exciting to put such a list together!):

1. travelling out of Europe
2. swimming with dolphins
3. snorkeling
4. flying in a big plane (two floors, three rows) & first long distance flight
5. seeing a circular rainbow around the sun
6. yoga on the beach
7. watching a wedding on the beach
8. seeing wild flamingos
9. paying in dollar
10. underwater boat (with glass on the bottom to observe fishes)

It was absolutely amazing, but I'm happy to be home as well and really look forward to drawing, blogging and ticking the exciting projects off my to-do list in the upcoming weeks :)

Have a fantastic rest of your Sunday!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

I've been to a Mixed Media workshop with Miss Led today & want to tell you about it!

Ha! Today was the day. Workshop with Miss Led. THE illustrator I've been looking up to for months by now. She chose Vienna to hold a workshop of hers, I believe as the first European city (correct me from wrong) and there was no way I was going to miss it.

So how was it?

It was real good. Miss Led was very sweet, knowledgeable and really there for us, prompting us to ask as many questions as we wanted, and pushing us to learn something new and to experiment. Which, in essence, was all I was hoping to take away from the course. A really nice atmosphere, learning something new and meeting Miss Led.

We received a list of materials to bring to the course beforehand and one of the things to bring was an A3 portrait we've drawn.

Funnily enough, I've just printed a portrait drawing of mine like a week before I even got to know about the course (it was meant to be!), so I brought this lady with me:

We learned how to transfer our drawing onto a new sheet of paper and then the magic began. Total loosening up of our normal, typical ways of working. We were asked to go wild, not really think too much and splash the colors. 

Miss Led was guiding us with tips, her own tricks and experiences. 

I'm normally really not used to just throwing color on paper, I am usually rather selective and think about every step that I make, but I have to admit it was super fun. 

This was my work-in-progress piece after 2 hours of first transferring it and then splashing paint on it:

Please note that at this stage, I was quite far from being done (and really threw together some colors I would normally not have the courage to splash out without thinking) and there is also masking fluid on the drawing, which needs to be rubbed off later. 

Well and the final final piece, which I wrapped up at home today is here:

The colors are a little bit off from how they appear on daylight and I am quite far from being proud about this piece, but it was FUN. For the first time in ages, I just went at it without much thinking. 

If I want to continue working like this, I have tons to practice, but I have most definitely enjoyed the course and am very glad that I could have attended. 

Thank you Miss Led!

Random thoughts:

- I loooooved Hannah's drawing, that was a girl sitting to the left from me.
- the course could have been a tiny little bit longer, I think 3 hours would have been perfect
- it was such a lovely sunny day; it rained non stop for 10 days before that, but clearly, the sun came out just for us 
- there was a videographer, yay! I really hope the vid will be shared with us!
- I took many more pictures of Miss Led, but my camera totally gave up on me, they all came out blurry
- I could draw for a week straight now

To sum it up, WHAT a day! 

Monday, 1 September 2014

It is most definitely Autumn already

This year it came early. No more walks outside in the hot nights, sitting on a terrace and looking at the sun go down without being chilly; we are slowly, but surely approaching the winter. 

I think this pattern that I've created today illustrates the current stage well - it is still green (no reddish-brown leaves yet), yet the leaves are about to change color and start falling down soon. 

Speaking of what is bound to happen, I've got some really exciting news to share with you in the upcoming weeks! 

Natalie Zart blog will be celebrating 1 year birthday in October and my illustrations will be getting quite some new exposure :) From time to time I am revealing some hints on Instagram; follow me if you want to hear more!

I hope you are staying warm and I truly can't wait to sharing great things with you in October. 

In the meantime, Chris and I will pop on a holiday (our first time ever out of Europe), so I'll catch up with you here then. x
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