Monday, November 11, 2013

anna karenina

anna-karenina
a pretend book cover for anna karenina. this novel took me several years to begin and only six days to finish: i read laying on my bed, curled up in an armchair, sitting on the floor, in cafés, at the library, on a park bench, first thing in the morning and well into the night; "the next couple hundred pages" became my reward for a couple hours' work. sometimes a book means so much to me that i cannot even talk about it; all i can say is that i'll carry it with me forever (not literally of course, it's a brick of a book).

11 comments:

Lilla Pájer said...

This is so beautiful, Yelena! I love Anna Karenina too. Your painting captures the atmosphere so well!

Irene said...

Yelena, this cover is beautiful, I love it!

erickaeckles said...

your work is always so beautiful...poor Anna looks so sad that I just want to hug her.
It's one of my favourite books and I know what you mean about sometimes not being able to talk about a story...I'm a bit like that with Sense and Sensibility, I always end up getting quite emotional when I try and explain how good it is (aghhhh I hate Fanny Dashwood...she is just the worse person in a book ever)

Anke said...

It's so perfect!

Poor Anna, her story breaks my hear every time. Effie Briest as well, who maybe is Anna's kindred spirit.

Pattie Jansen said...

So I haven't read Anna Karenina, and now I must! Such a fetching portrait you've painted, full of mystery and melancholy, rendered so poetically...gorgeous. How in the world did you get that oval so perfect???

yelena bryksenkova said...

thank you all for the thoughtful comments, i'm so glad you like it!

pattie:
i was intimidated by the size of the book and didn't feel ready for it, and then one day just picked it up and couldn't stop until i was done! it's absolutely brilliant, and nothing about it is difficult as i had previously suspected.
my oval definitely wasn't perfect! it's all thanks to the magic of photoshop. i made this in four pieces: the painting, the green oval around it, the background and the text - all digitally assembled. i don't have the skill to do such a thing all in one piece! ;)

y.

Martina Visnjic art said...

Love it!

Kostis Tz. said...

Your illustrations are always a pleasure to watch, I admire much especially all these delicately drawn little details!

Annika Langa said...

You are so talented, I want to weep. This is the best Anna Karenina book cover I ever seen.

Sabina said...

I have yet ti read the book though I have t say I love this illustration and the other work you've done that I've seen so far. Found you through the post on I Love Illustration. Anyway, following your blog, and if you want. stop by me too. I also illustrate.

Maite. said...

love your work!

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