Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Seasons Greetings

A quick image painted in Photoshop from scratch, not very religious or X-mas related, but somehow inspired by the Nordic culture where I live: Santa Lucia, the white Reindeer and the magical Northern light, plus a hint of John Bauer, a great Swedish illustrator who was a master drawing Trolls and tiny Princesses.
Probably it will be one of my last illustrations for a while. It's too late now, so maybe I'll use it as Xmas postcard next year, if people will not be too disgusted about :) .

To the very few ones who visit this place, I wish a peaceful Xmas time.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Winged Vanity

This has been made for the contest Wings of an Angel at the Group Digital Art Fantasy, at DeviantArt.
The deadline was quite close and I didn't render as accurately as I would have done, but it's moreless Ok, maybe I'll refine wings and others details in the future.
I didn't want to paint a classical angel (good or demoniac), instead I tried to get inspiration from the Deadly Sins, I though it could be more interesting.
I don't think I'll have any chance to win something (there were already a lot of much more interesting and beautiful contributions), but it was fun and good for me to practice again some facial anatomy, and also a good excuse to paint with the peacock's color palette, which I really love, and also can mean Vanity and Proud in this case.
Used my right hand as reference for hers; painted in Photoshop from scratch as usual.

detail of face:

Saturday, November 12, 2011


Done for the contest "Girl with a Flower" hold at DeviantArt by Gabbyd70 .
This was a pretty good excuse to paint flowers again, and practice a little with faces, which I always need. It's not very clear if the girl is really human, but she tries to give the observer this illusion, at least. She's also not intended to be beautiful or perfect (asymmetries are intentional), but misterious and probably dangerous.

The flower she's connected with is the Water Hyacinth, a very invasive species which, while cleaning the waters where she grows in, accumulates the worse poisons...

 a couple of closepus:

Sunday, October 16, 2011

You so Hot

This is just a quick stuff, made for fun after having seen two chili peppers in that posture. Don't know why, but they made me think of two Spanish slugs (Arion Lusitanicus), which are a kind of obsession for swedish gardeners (here they're called mördarsniglar, or Murder slugs).
I put this picture under the label 90' sketch, but it probably took me a little longer than so, 2-3 hours. I've got some back pain now in late pregnancy and it's getting difficult staying long time in front of the computer.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Fainting Autumn

Making doodles, I decided to go on with this one.
It depicts the spirit of boreal Autumn, as we experience it up here. Daylight becomes suddenly short and golden, the leaves have almost fled from trees, the girl tries to catch the last glimpse of light, but the day is already at its end, and soon snow will cover everything.
Technically, I tried here to work without references, just to give myself a challenge with anatomy.

I'm still not sure if the last version should be the whole figure or a smaller one.

a detail:

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Bombycilla Garrulus

A very quick study in PS of a graceful and happy bird (Bohemian Waxwing) often visiting our garden.
It is called Sidensvans, Silk tail, in Swedish, and is very much found of Rowan (Sorbus) berries.
I took several photos of this bird, but the quality was always very low because of the zoom, so I wanted to paint a more detailed picture.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Aliens Glandulifera

There was something going on in my mind because of the gorgeous blossoming of Impatiens glandulifera in our garden:

When it happened me to see the first Alien movie on TV, then I understood, and I had to paint this:

I must also say that the famous Salad by Till Nowak was very inspiring too, even if I do not work in 3D as he does.
The anatomy of my Alien is freely inspired by the flowers and the fruits of the plant, and references are of course my own photos. Bumblebees normally love to visit these flowers, but in this case maybe she changed her mind...


Friday, September 2, 2011

Butterflower#2 - Iris

This is another, quick version of the 'Butterflower' (butterfly + flower) concept.
I did it quickly and trying to get a 'macro' photo effect. 
I used a picture of Iris from my father's garden as a loose reference, but I changed the color scheme and petals shape to made the flower more interesting.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Exotique 7! (and other features)

Still cannot believe that an obscure, unknown hobbyist with no Art Education like me could do it, but at the end Flora and the DragonFly was accepted in Exotique 7, which is probably one of the most flattering and self-confidence boosting events in the life of a wannabe digital illustrator. 
So, thank to the jury of Ballistic Publishing, I'm gonna see my picture printed in a real book, together with the illustrations of many really famous Artists.

Then, in some ways and with great surprise, gratitude and happiness, I also discovered that the are some sites and blog featuring some of my illustrations:

The Madonna Lois Griffin was appreciated by the french blog Ma Planche á Dessin
Appearance (selfportrait) was featured at Tutorart, in their Daily Inspiration#490
The Butterflower is at in one of their Inspiration for the day.

Sorry for this not-very-humble-post, but I've been going around painting under many months, with joy and willing to improve, but thinking I'll never do something decent. So, seeing that there are people I never met and anyway appreciate my efforts, is so flattering and good for a self-confidence which is normally quite low.

Saturday, August 20, 2011


I sketched the concept of this imagine in the gone century, at least 17 years ago, since the original pencil drawing I found at home is dated 1994:

I felt like I wanted to paint a colored version of it, soon or later. In a lack of ideas I've picked up the subject and done a Photoshop version, using mainly round and chalk brushes. Maybe I'll try later other versions, with different kind of petals, or pistils, or insects, will see.

If pictures with human subjects are challenging and often leave me with a sense of frustration and low self-esteem, these flower-insects-creatures subjects give me a feeling of freedom and creativity which I enjoy very much, even if the results may not be that good.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Blue, or Violet

I really do not know which title give this one. I began it as portrait practice, then repainted, then I got pregnant and was so tired that I did not could do anything in my free time than sleep. 
Now that the second trimester arrived, tiredness getting better and at the same time holiday, i looked again into the GCTalk homepage and discovered that the call for entries for Exotique 7 has opened. 
So I felt motivated to pick up the tablet and Photoshop, and pick up this image, among the many I began and did not finish because not convincing.
Another subject maybe not very original, but that's it:


This, and 'Flora and the Dragonfly' will be submitted to Exotique, will see how it will work, even if there are much better things out there. However, if i do not try, it will not work for sure.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Flora and the Dragonfly

Perhaps this is not the most original subject: a kind of nice girl surroundend by flowers, in a faerie/fantasy environment. Well, a typical maistream stuff. 
Anyway, I wanted to do more portrait practice, so I started to sketch some quick doodles, maybe four or five, just to practice about values and shapes. My boyfriend picked up one and I worked further with it, trying to render skin textures and so on, keeping in mind the beauty of the works of Melanie Delon, Bente Schlick or Linda Bergkvist (well, not at THAT level, I know!). Who has been so kind to look at my previous paintings can notice some similarities with Alexander the Little and the Flemish Flowers. This time I wanted to work fast and effective, and not indulge in a long and exausting detail search (I've learned that, on the web, the most details are lost anyway)

Some close-ups as usual.

have a nice spring!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Lady Water

I don't know if I like this work or not. I thought that the concept could be interesting (water in all her three forms, solid, liquid, and "vapor", let's say, also inspired by the snow melting during these sunny days up here), but during the painting process I realized that the result just sucks, despite the efforts I wanted to put in rendering details, composition and so on. It feels like I'm not able to produce a decent work despite the amount of my free time I'm consuming on painting and practice.
So, I don't feel to go on with this work any longer, and I edit it just like that.

Below I put a couple of details, as usual:

Saturday, April 23, 2011


This is a quick sketch (1-1.5 hours), made in between other bigger stuff I'm painting right now. It's, in fact, intended to my other blog, to tell that the gorgeous Canadageese are back to our bay and announce spring time. They fly quick and unexpected, and I never succeeded take a photo. So, I just sketch them.
Their moving through the sky is so elegant and filled with joy.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Appearance (selfportrait)

This picture is, apparently, filled with a lot of clichés one can find in several CG works: the mask, feathers, flying birds, a melancholic and soft environment.
Despite that, this is in fact the most personal painting I've done since I've started with digital art. 
The mask with peacock feathers is heavily referenced from the one I designed and made self several years ago, when I used to go to the carnival in Venice. In this picture I wanted to depict the feeling of being seen only for the own mask and appearance one shows to the world, without being able to really reveal himself, and the sense of loneliness coming from this. 
Who knows me personally could see some details which tell that it is, in fact, a selfportrait.

I put a couple of close-ups, as usual. Painting the peacock feathers has been a little tedious, but relaxing at the same time. For obvious reasons, all references used are from own photos and peacock feathers I've at home.
The details in the mask can be appreciated in full view.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Queen Radiolaria

I've not really much to say about this painting, except that I felt almost compelled to draw it after having seen the wonderful scientific images of Radiolarians drawn by Ernst Haeckel in 1904 (look here to appreciate his tremendous works).
For the anatomy reference, I credit the photographer Marcus Ranum (Mjranum-stock at DeviantArt) for using his pic.
I tried, after finishing the picture, to set Vibrance at high values, I think that it gives very nice colors, seen in a normal computer screen, without getting strange saturations effects.

And some close-ups:

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Billy Goat Gruff /Bockarna Bruse

This one comes from a specific wish of my two-and-a-half years young child: he loves the Norvegian fairytale Three Billy Goats Gruff, also called Bockarna Bruse in Swedish (you can find the plot here), which is a quite popular folktale here in Sweden.
He loves very much the point where the biggest goat throws out the troll off the bridge, and so asked me to paint that scene for his room. I really had a lot of fun painting this. Probably the trolls anatomy could be much better, but since I've got approval from my child, I considered it done so.
So, here it comes:

and a couple of close-ups, as usual:

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Do I know you?

One of my main problems regards anatomy and figure painting. 
Last month I decided to improve myself by sketching some portraits found in a old hair fashion magazine. The first sketch was so bad, and did not correspond at all to the photo, so I began, very frustrated, to change a lot of things in the face, until I got a completely weird creature. Back to my usual love for marine stuff, I start to add more and more elements resembling a sea monster. At home, we start to speculate that this creature could pretty much look like a hypothetic concept for the coming movie Avatar and the Deep Sea (or whatever the title will be): a humanoid sea alien depicted in hers first contact with a new species from the deep oceans.
My boyfriend suggested that she(he?) could very much do something, so I elongated the canvas and added shoulders, arms and hands. She is holding some kind of unknown and luminescent animal, for which I loosely got inspiration from googling radiolarian pictures.
Now I had to deal even harder with anatomy issues (well, I punished myself..) so we took some pictures of myself and my hands and paint them into the first concept, until I felt somehow satisfied or, better said, fed up. (I can anyway tell that I don't usually look like this, at least not in public). I'm still not very convinced about the result, but at a certain point I wanted to go further.

I need to find a way to get a more saturated image, normally I work at home and the colours look bright, but then, when I look at the pictures from another screen, the image becomes dark, desaturated and muddy.

And a couple of close-ups:

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Queen Bee

Before Christmas time I was asked by a friend to draw a picture for a tattoo. Since it was intend as a present for her husband, I was allowed to publish it only after X-mas holiday. beeing intended for a tattoo, I felt the task quite challenging, since it implies that the drawing is permanently fixed on skin.
The requirements were to draw something inspired to this song from the Italian band Marlene Kuntz. The attitude of the Queen Bee must be aggressive, somehow insolent, and she must hold a pot with honey between her legs. I decided to draw a couple of doodles, with a robotic style, the second one with a more antropomorphic and sexy approach to the anatomy:

The first one was chosen and then refined, including both a colored and a monochrome version. Since the deadline was close, I feel that the result could have been improved, especially about boots and some details of head, which I would have made more hi-tech/cyber, lets say. Here come anyway the final drawings: