It’s been a while

This is from a project at school where we had to create three posters to illustrate a quote. We had to choose from a few options, and obviously they were all fashion themed (because hey! it’s a fashion school or something). I picked a quote by Christian Lacroix:

“Beauty is not a very well-balanced thing; it has to be disturbing and uncomfortable.”

It encapsulates much of what I find so attractive and dynamic in the creative arts – the ability of a work of art (or fashion) to have a visceral impact on the viewer and leave a tangible impression on them. So in short, this quote hit close to heart and it was a clear choice for my project. I may post my other two posters later, although I may not (because I don’t like them as much as this one).

That’s a mouth in the background by the way.

In other news, this past Monday I ordered a bunch of art books on Amazon, because I am a compulsive book shopper. The above sketches were made from reference poses in the ‘Comic Artist’s Photo Reference: Women and Girls’ book by Buddy Scalera. I got his Boys and Men book too, and a VirtualPose children reference book, so expect to see a bunch of sketches made from those sources.

This year is meant to be one of those when my skill improves and I actually get somewhere in terms of being pro at this art thing. We’ll see how it goes!



It’s been a while

I don’t know what your hair is doing, but I like it

School started and I need to get my stuff together (the fashion photography class is looking mighty intense from where I’m standing) if I do not want to collapse into a little heap of sadness.

This is a quick ink pen sketch from a model reference at



I don’t know what your hair is doing, but I like it

Oh hey it’s Christmas. Take two.

Today I decided to ink and colour an old gesture drawing from a life drawing session in my illustration class.

Excuse for not coming up with new and revolutionary ideas? Cooking for Christmas eve:

As a Ukrainian family filled with mostly agnostic and very lightly religious intellectual liberal types, the celebration of the Orthodox Christmas on January 7 has always been more of a family get together thing than anything else for us.

Which, if rephrased is basically an excuse to eat a lot.

Whatever this holiday may or may not mean to you,

Merry Christmas. xoxo

Oh hey it’s Christmas. Take two.