Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Twitches Can Take You Far | Jeff Koterba | TEDxUNO

Watch this inspiring TEDx Talk by the very talented Jeff Koterba! Lots of wonderful cartoons and illustrations <3

Saturday, May 2, 2015

A is for Amos

If you want to have an epic moment in the day, find a place from which you can watch the sunset and listen to the theme from Jurassic Park (sounds a bit creepy.. but feels nice). That's what I did on Record Store day. This year it was special for me because my first printed book of illustration released by Avery Hill Publlishing saw the light of day at Gosh! Comics in London. Unfortunately I couldn't be there, so as I said I was enjoying John Williams's heroic soundtrack at home and being in London only in spirit.
"A is for Amos" is an ABC of illustrated musicians/bands, and it is something I've been meaning to create for a while. I am so grateful to Ricky and David of Avery Hill Publishing for being incredibly helpful, creative and supportive and helping the book see the light. Thank you! Thank you!
It feels so amazing when an ethereal idea takes shape and turns into something you can share with others, touch and even smell hah! - who doesn't like the smell of newly-published books? It feels a bit like magic, doesn't it? And Avery Hill Publishing was responsible for the transformation bit.

I wanted to share some sneak peeks from the progress as well as the finished book with you and let you know that if you would like a copy, this is the place to purchase one

And if you do get one, it would be lovely to hear which letter is your favourite! It took me quite a while to make up the list. I had to sacrifice some of the musicians I love because their names all seem to begin with the same letters (either B or J... but who knows maybe someday there'll be volume 2

and I'll be able to fit everyone in!). I did enjoy the process - it was a feast. Music and illustration are my two passions and they now co-exist in this little book, which is something of a love letter to all musicians whose music has been a driving force for me in life and in art.
Hope you enjoy looking through it as much as I enjoyed drawing it!

I will leave you with one of the featured musicians from the illustrated ABC and their beautiful song!

<<< PS This picture pretty much sums up how I feel about the whole thing : )
Thanks for attention and a beautiful weekend to all!


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Top 10 music moments in film

I often find that art needs music played while looking at it. Music helps memorise emotions better and in combination with the sight creates a memorable impression. My drawings need a soundtrack of their own, too, but then I always draw to music and so associate a certain artwork of mine with a melody or a song. A perfect synthesis of music and visual representation of an idea is a double pleasure, a rare thing. I decided to make a top 10 list of my favourite music moments in cinema and maybe you can add to it! I bet I forgot something important.

10 Institute Benjamenta: one of the strangest and most fascinating films I have watched.

9 Fellowship of the Ring: There's so much magic and grandeur about this scene that it's overwhelming

8 Twin Peaks: memory of my childhood, just the music - not the series, don't worry.

7 Pulp Fiction: Tarantino definitely knows how to make one cool title sequence


6 Coraline: I don't watch cartoons, except this one. Every October, just because it gets me in the mood for autumnal adventures. The song is perfect.

5 2001 space oddyssey: no comment

4 Moon: I've never become hooked on the soundtrack so early on in the movie. The theme is repeating throughout and I am never ever tired of it. Ideal mood for the sci-fi mystery

3 Conversation: This melody! Like a vein throbbing in the head of a victim and a thought meandering through the mind of a murderer 

2 Vertigo: No comment on the movie/director/actor/composer/or anyone involved. pure genius behind it all. But just wanted to say how well this same theme was used in a stage play An Inspector Calls, by Stephen Daldry - quite as impressive!

1 Servant: This for me is a perfect synthesis. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

That Which We Do Not Understand

"The Empress"

It's been a long time. I would like to share some interesting things with you. As you might know I have been creating illustrations for Amelia's magazine for quite a while and collaborating with 
many talented writers and journalists and artists...

  Now Amelia is publishing a new book on the topic of mystical, unfathomable phenomena and just enigmatic and mysterious things that will contain some beautiful and thought-provoking body of work: art and writing; you can view some of the artworks here.
     There is a kickstarter campaign to raise funds for this project, and if you decide to help, besides the issues of Amelia's magazine and Illustration books and other wonderful things, you can also get a very limited edition of A2 poster of my drawing "The Empress" with gold leaf. There are only 9 posters (in the whole world!) left and I honestly would like to get one, too! So if you want to support a good cause and in return receive something exclusive, you are welcome to!
Here's a video from kickstarter!
a lovely weekend to everyone
keep warm and eat well

Sunday, September 21, 2014


  I've been preoccupied with the notion of "real life" as of lately. The recent worrisome happenings in Ukraine and other parts of the world made me think about which situation is best described as "real".

In my passively contemplative research I came to a conclusion that everything is real, even your wildest dreams. But at the same time everything is changing and re-shaping. By change and comparison we break the habit of our reality and become more open-minded and able to accept the realities of others. Something we think is unreal was or will be real at some point in history.

 It all started because I've been hearing advice on that we should live the "real life". It always sounded a bit arrogant to me, as if the person suggesting it fought in one of the World wars, went to space and generally had experience spanning hundreds of years. However, the advice is most often heard from those dissatisfied with their lives.

There are so many people for whom having no running water for days or not being paid on time is out of the ordinary, while for others it is common, something they actually learn to expect. I personally, like some Jane Austen character, spent half my school days writing (homework) by candlelight, because the government was saving on electricity. And my childhood was spent in the 90s, not in the 19th century.

Others don't have electricity at all. or home. or food, while some people have difficulty deciding which car to drive to a fancy party.

 But it's the material side to the real life. I guess other sides are even more complicated. Which mentality and way of thinking is more real? Is Maths more real than Literature, because usually you have only one exact answer to the problem, while in books you can have as many opinions as you like.
I really want to see this "reality" checklist, when you've experienced everything in order to be qualified for a real person who is living a real life.

Do wars feel more real than peace?  Probably in life without problems one gets used to the goodness of it and having a sudden obstacle feels like taking a cold shower. then people say they were brought back to reality. To be honest I don't understand why we associate reality with a negative change. Reality is different for everyone, right?

   On this optimistic note, I'll put an end to the tiresome ramblings and share this video with you that I made for the wonderful Moth Rah

Sunday, April 20, 2014

the walls of my city

There's been much talk about Ukraine lately for known reasons. But I have a feeling that not many people imagine what Ukraine is like. I live in Ukraine, but even I don't know much about it as whole. I believe some stereotypes are correct, some are completely misleading. Still, I know my city pretty well. And I do have a very personal attitude and perception of it. I decided to make some posts devoted to my city, so anyone who reads my blog can get a glimpse of what I think my city represents. Being an admirer of ruins and having a very sharp eye for the "sad" houses, I decided to make a post about 'the walls of Chernivtsi." I know in some of you these images will evoke sadness, but it's a nice kind of sadness I hope. And anyway a little sadness never hurt anyone, right? There's this infinite melancholy to our city, which for an ever-seeking mind is quite useful. Most walls on here look old and neglected and in need of a loving master to help them acquire past glory, but still this shabbiness has a charm of its own. The palette can be quite beautiful too, don't you think?