Monday, 1 December 2014

Flirty Fairies summer version.

 Some time ago I drew these cheeky girls -

And my friend created lots of gorgeous things with this drawing - purses, leather covers for documents, mugs, aprons and even puzzles and bags.The products looked so great and sold so well, that we decided to expand and have some more cheeky fairies.

Now I drew the summer version! Yes, I know it is Christmas soon, but I had this image with daisies for quite some time and was itching to spill it out on paper.

Aren't they cute? And my friend, again, turned them into wonderful little things like these -

If you want to buy any of these adorable items as Christmas presents or just as a little treat to yourself or your friend, you can do it HERE, or HERE (if you speak Russian)

Friday, 12 September 2014

The result of the first year in Cambridge College of Arts

Well, I know I am late… I should have written about it 3 months ago… But better late than never.

I have finished my first year doing MA in Children's Books Illustration. That was great fun! I LOVED it! Many people were asking me why I was doing it. I am an illustrator anyway and my books are getting published regularly. My answer is - I am doing it, because I am loving it. My education was a huge source of inspiration, knowledge, fun, just as well as despair and frustration. BUT! It was still a fantastic experience and I am very happy that I have another one and a half years remaining to learn, experiment, communicate and enjoy every second of it!

And tada! I have something to show! This is my new book, which I have done as a college project. It is about a group of animals, who wanted to go on a BIG adventure. They spent a lot of time planning it and talking about it. They had very big plans….  The rest you will have to read when you see it in books shops!

Here are some drawings from this book:

And what about you? What have you been up to this year?  Learned something new?

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Another Cat

I was tiding up my files and came across this drawing. There is a whole series of drawings about this cat actually, but the project is still in progress and I will reveal everything to you when it is finished. In the meantime - I would really like to share this one with you.

I hope it will make you smile. I really like this drawing. It makes me warm inside. It is so tender and gentle and dreamy…. 

Saturday, 18 January 2014

The Process of Creating

I finally figured out how to make gif files! Hurray! Here is my first attempt to document the process of my drawings without huge video files. I hope it makes sense :)

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Cars, Clowns, Mechanics and a bit of love.

I was illustrating a very unusual fairy tale not long ago. It was about one lonely mechanic who really wanted kids and about his bond with a little red car that one day arrived in his garage. I loved the story! So tender, and deep and heart warming…. I even shared a tear at some point. Here are a couple of illustrations to the story. I hope you will like them!

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

My drawings as cross-stitch embroidery

I have seen my drawings on mugs, wallets, mobile covers and even bags and aprons. Now I am lucky to see them as cross-stitch embroidery and they look awesome! I am even considering buying one and trying to embroider my own drawing! Could be fun :)

Are you any good at embroidery?

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Presents and News from Fairies & Co

Hello my dear friends. Sorry for not showing up more often, but with all the illustration, college work and fairies I have no time to eat and sleep never mind write my blog! Which I miss doing tremendously by the way.

Anyway, at Fairies & Co we have a New Year present for you! And it is so worth sharing that I got up an hour earlier to write about it!

We have created the Downloads page, where you can download our fairies as avatars, blog and Facebook headers, desktop backgrounds and even blog backgrounds for your personal needs absolutely free!

We have been working really hard on the new content for Fairy Blog, on new packaging and distribution ideas and new topics for exciting projects. Also, a mobile version of hour site is coming out this spring. How exciting!

I hope you will like our free downloads, which will be expanding with new designs every month by the way.

It would be absolutely fantastic if you could tell your friends about Fairies & Co or follow us yourself. Lets spread some magic!

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Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Fairies & Co: How a Fairy is born

Would you like to see how I draw my fairies?

We finally opened our own Fairies & Co You Tube channel. There will be more videos soon, so please feel free to follow us there!

If you like it - please SHARE! Lets spread the magic! Oh, and please et me know what you think!

Friday, 13 December 2013

The Magic of having your own Business

Here is me on Fairy Blog trying to pose and show off my working space as well as infuse the readers with excitement and inspiration about going solo!

Click on the link below. I am sure you will feel my positive vibes :)))

The Magic of having your own Business

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Christmas Greeting Cards and more at Fairies & Co

Well, there is really not much time left before Christmas.  Are you all stocked up on cards and gifts? If you are not quite there yet, please let me introduce you our Christmas Post Cards, Large Greeting Cards and Present Tags sets!

They are adorable, but this is not everything! Our cards were printed on 100% recycled heavy weight textured art paper of the highest quality. The quality of print is also exceptional.  You will notice it straight away if you see the cards. All our products were printed in professional printing house using archival inks that don't fade.

And even this is not everything! All sets are packed in 100% recycled envelopes and each envelope is hand stamped by me personally from both sides with proper old fashioned rubber stamps we had made especially for Fairies & Co in Canada.

So, as you can see, the cards are totally cool! We have produced only 50 sets of each and half of them are sold already. So these cards are as limited addition as it gets. None of the designs will ever be produced again. I have left one set just for myself. I will keep it in my secret draw :)))

I warned you! There are not many left now. Visit our shop and treat yourself to some MAGIC!

Monday, 25 November 2013

About Fairies & Co

It has been exactly a week since our project Fairies & Co went live! I am so excited! We worked for the whole year to make it happen! If you haven't seen it yet, please go and check it out and let me know what you think!

Fairies & Co is not just a shop, or a brand, or a blog. It is a way of thinking, an outlook on life. It is the celebration of everyday magic and simple miracles that happen to everyone of us on daily basis, but we constantly fail to notice or acknowledge.

We tried our best to pay attention to the little things and to infuse our readers with ideas and supplies for everyday magic.

By "WE" I mean six very talented fairies that live all over the world and work together on creating the most amazing BLOG about life, love, beauty, people and places that inspire us, move us, excite us. I hope our stories will inspire YOU and will help YOU to uncover at least a little bit of MAGIC in your every day life!

You can follow our Blog, our Facebook page, Instagram, Pinterest, Google + and Twitter. We are there to make you just a little bit happier!

And please be so kind and let me know what you think about our idea!

Thursday, 7 November 2013

A Little Bit about Everything.

Another 300 years passed and I am ready to write here again! Sorry guys, I was SOOOO busy with the move to Cambridge, start of my College, creation of my new brand and work on several picture books. I am surprised I still remember my name after all this! But never mind, it was all fun and I did enjoy myself in the process!

Main news - the University is AMAZING! I am loving every second of it!

My business venture is almost ready to go life, so if you still haven't bought your Christmas cards, please wait just 2 more weeks! Some incredible artwork will be out very soon! Not just artwork - the whole new universe will be out!!! But it is a completely separate story and I will update you on it shortly.

And finally two books I have illustrated recently are out on sale and available well, pretty much everywhere!

First - there is The Littlest Bird! I received my copies and I am very happy with the quality of the print! The colours are so bright and warm. The book came out in both hard and paper back. You can read a review, if you want to know what it is about.

Also The Pet Itch - a hilarious book about a monster family and their pet Itch is out too. Again, great book, very funny! The reviews for this one were lovely too, so I dare to believe people like it!

Now we are almost up-to-date! And I PROMISE to stay in touch now!!! It has been way too long! I missed you!

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Levi Pinfold

Not long ago my friend, Irene Owens, a very talented artist and illustrator came to visit me in Greece. She brought me some picture books as a present. We both are absolutely crazy about picture books. One of these books really caught my attention. It was so beautiful, I couldn't take my eyes off it!

It was "Black Dog" by Levi Pinfold.  It was very different, atmospheric and full of intricate details. This book won Levi the Kate Greenaway medal, which I think is well deserved.

Here is Levi himself! Isn't he just lovely?

I wanted to show you some of the illustrations from this book, and some other works of Levi Pinfold, because I think that he is an amazing artist and fantastic illustrator! His style is very different from what we can see on the market today. His drawing technique is called stylised realism.

Levi likes motorbikes, a lot of music, trees, and some cats.  He currently lives in Brisbane, Australia with his girlfriend and Howard the lizard.  He attempts to grow vegetables in his spare time.

Here are some of his other works

What do you think?

Sunday, 2 June 2013

New drawings

Gosh, I forgot when I last wrote here! So much is going on! I will forget my own name soon!

We are still living in Greece and it is still fantastic here! The weather is great, the sea is warm and the food is delicious! Despite the fact that I am sort of on holiday here,  I still work pretty much every day from 7 am till 3 pm, which is basically the 8 hours working day! But! The good thing is - I can stop what I am doing at any second and go to the beach, or just go and sit on my veranda and look  at the sea or the mountains. Another benefit -  I can do it in my shorts and a vest! Sorry England, but I don't miss your rain and cold at all!

My little project, when I had to draw from my head every day on a certain topic, came to an end. Here are the final drawings -


Train aquaintances (this is Russian train by the way!)

Happiness (this is my son sleeping with his favourite toy!) 

and what have you been up to in my absence?