Thursday, March 15, 2012

houseplants


i have been working away at my desk all week, with an endless supply of tea and NPR podcasts. it's a wonderful feeling to suddenly hit my stride after a period of frustration, and i wish i could maintain this level of productivity at all times.

11 comments:

Kerri-Ann said...

The colours in this are so beautiful, how do use watercolours so wonderfully that they never bleed? Everything is always so perfect :) xx

yelena bryksenkova said...

thank you, kerri-ann :)
watercolors only bleed into another wet area, so i find that creating a sort of dry barrier for it will make it stop wherever i want it to. i have to wait until some areas are completely dry before i can go over with something else on top.

that's the theory. the reality is: i have bleedings and spillages and all sorts of mini disasters all the time, in which case i loudly go, "FUCK!" kick my desk, and quietly begin damage control.

y.

Samantha said...

Haha! I experienced a watercolour-induced FUCK!-kick just yesterday.

I really admire your work, Yelena--I adore the patterns and the way they interact with the often-skewed perspective. I recently received my copy of Fairytale Foods in the mail and even my brother loves to pore over it. Hansel and Gretel look so pleased with themselves and their gingerbread jackpot. Congratulations on the book--the recipes themselves aren't bad either!

Samantha

x

yelena bryksenkova said...

samantha, thank you! i'm so glad to hear you like to book. i'm pleased with the way my illustrations printed (though not TOO thrilled about the design in some places, to be honest). i should try the recipes too, now that i think about it. it's mostly desserts, but the traditional english dishes sound rather good.

and i'm glad you can relate to my watercolor frustrations. good thing it's a (relatively) forgiving medium.

y.

Kerri-Ann said...

That definitely makes sense! I'm going to try harder with my watercolour skills, watercolours always scare me a little. And I recently bought a copy of Fairytale Food too! It's lovely :) the recipes, the illustrations - gorgeous combination and I can't wait to get cooking :) x

Chloe said...

Your work is so beautiful and inspiring!

Stephaniedesiree said...

Really love this little scene. So jealous of the living vibrant plants. I used to have a set of of those exact boots! My co-workers called them my witch's boots!

Just gorgeous.

Claire said...

just gorgeous!!! elegantly simple and deeply satisfying :)

Samantha said...

I agree about the design--there's some seriously dodgy photoshopping of your illustrations to get maximum mileage out of them. But the book is worth having for the full-page images. Can't wait to see what you do next.

Samantha

x

yelena bryksenkova said...

haha, samantha - you've hit the nail right on the head. that's exactly what's going on! but that part was completely out of my hands, unfortunately.

kerri-ann, thanks for getting the book too! i hope you enjoy all the glittery cupcakes ;)

thank you, chloe, stephanie, and claire!

y.

Gracia said...

Your work is beautiful and inviting... and I, too, wish my own creative and productive phases could be sustained all year round. The down or the lull can be hard.

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