utorak, 17. siječnja 2017.

Pink and blue dress (fashion illustrations on book pages) / Ružičasta i plava haljina (modne ilustracije na stranicama knjiga)

What do you do when you feel like drawing but you run out of paper?....draw on what you have at hand. Illustrating on book pages is certainly not a new concept, but I think this illustration was my first conscious work of this sort. I did draw on books before, but it was more doodles than anything else. Moreover, I usually did it absentmindedly. This time I just thought to myself- why not? So, I made this fashion illustration with markers. This lovely lady is wearing a strapless heart shaped pink gown. I wouldn't mind having something like this in my closet. Actually I just remember that I bought a similar dress once. Unfortunately, the quality was so bad that I never wore it out of the house. As soon as I brought it home, I saw that purchasing it was a mistake. The sticking was terrible and the dress was practically transparent. That is the last time I'm trying something on in a shop that doesn't have proper lighting and mirrors. A lesson was learned there. Never shop in a hurry, ladies and gentlemen. Always make sure you're buying something you can actually wear. Anyway, a pink dress is always a lovely idea. As long as the quality of the dress is decent! Pretty in pink, as they say. Do you like pink? I sure do. Pink comes in so many lovely shades. For a while, pastel pink was my favourite shade. Right now I'm craving a clothing item that would come in a more intense pink. Something like this dress I illustrated. Often I draw things that I would like to have. Makes sense doesn't it? We draw what we like. 

Što napraviti kada vam se crta, a ostanete bez papira za crtanje?...Crtajte na onome što vam je pri ruci. Ilustriranje na stranicama knjiga nije ništa novo, ali mislim da je ova ilustracija moj prvi svjesni rad ove vrste. Jesam i prije crtala na knjigama, ali to su bile više nekakve črčarije  nego nešto drugo. Uz to, obično nisam bila ni svjesna toga što radim. Ovo puta ja sam si rekla, zašto ne? Tako sam napravila ovu modnu ilustraciju s markerima. Ova lijepa dama nosi haljinu srcolikoga izreza. Ne bi imala ništa protiv toga da mi se neka ovakva haljina nađe u ormaru. Zapravo sjetila sam da sam jednom kupila sličnu haljinu. Nažalost kvaliteta je bila tako loša da je na kraju nikad nisam nosila izvan kuće. Čim sam je donijela kući, vidjela sam da je nisam trebala kupiti. Šav je bio loš, a haljina je bila pa prozirna. To je zadnji put da kupujem nešto u dućanu koji nema dobru rasvjetu i ogledala.  Naučena lekcija. Nemojte nikada kupovati u žurbi, dame i gospodo. Uvijek budite sigurni da ćete doista nositi ono što kupite. U svakom slučaju, roza haljina je uvijek dobra idea. Barem ako je kvaliteta haljine pristojna! Lijepa u ružičastom, kao što kažu. Volite li rozu? Ja je volim, a dolazi u toliko divnih nijansi. Neko vrijeme mi je pastelno roza bila najdraža nijansa. Sada bi voljela neki odjevni komad u jarko ružičastoj. Nešto kao haljina koju sam nacrtala. Često crtam stvari koje bi voljela imati. To ima smisla, zar ne? Crtamo ono što volimo. 




                                                    A  PINK DRESS / RUŽIČASTA HALJINA



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pink gown illustration

One of my new year decision was to draw less. Needless to say, this arrangement isn't quite working out! The main reason why I wanted to take a rest from drawing is that I started to have a lot of back problems. Now, I'm trying to work out a new work out regime (accidental word play) that would help me with this problem. I do have a special work out regime that one great therapist devolved for me years ago, but with the amount of sitting I do, it is just not enough to undo the damage I guess. That's modern life. We all spend so much time behind our desks. I enjoy walking, but sometimes walking isn't enough. The reality is that, biologically speaking, human body is made for movement. Our spine won't thank us for spending hours sitting down- no matter how much we might enjoy the end result of our work that can be done only sitting down. So, I'm trying to figure out something. I might have to stop painting and drawing. I hope that I will be able to work something out. One of alternatives I'm considering is blogging less often, that could save me a few hours daily. Perhaps both will be needed. It's been more than four years since I started blogging, perhaps time has come to slow down a bit and blog less often. I might develop a new more relaxed blogging schedule in the future. 

Jedna od mojih novogodišnjih odluka bila je crtati manje. Možda nije potrebno to napominjati, ali nekako mi to ne odgovara. Glavni razlog zašto sam se htjela malo odmoriti od crtanja je da sam počela imati probleme s leđima. Sada pokušavam razviti neki program vježbanja koji će mi pomoći s ovim problem. Imam jedan poseban program vježbanja koji je prije puno godina odličan fizioterapeut prilagodio za mene kada sam išla kod njega zbog problema sa skoliozom, ali valjda stvarno toliko sjedim da ni vježbanje više ne pomaže. Možda treba više vježbi za poništiti štetu nastalu sjedenjem. To je moderni život. Svi mi provodimo previše vremena iza radnih stolova. Volim šetanje, ali ono samo po sebi ponekad nije dovoljno. Realnost je da je biološki gledano ljudsko tijelo napravljeno za kretanje. Naša kralježnice nam neće zahvaliti za sve te sate koje provodimo sjedeći, bez obzira na to koliko uživali u tom nekom radu koji se može napraviti samo sjedeći. Tako da pokušavam nešto smisliti. Možda ću morati i prestati slikati i crtati. Nadam se da ću nešto smisliti. Jedna od alternativa o kojoj sam razmišljanja je i manje objavljivanja, to mi bi moglo uštedjeti dosta vremena. Možda ću trebati oboje iskombinirati. Prošle su više od četiri godine otkada sam otvorila ovaj blog, možda je vrijeme da malo usporim. Možda u budoćnosti razvijem novi manje učestali raspored objava.



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If I were to turn this dress into a reality, I would probably add a nice belt. Perhaps I would sewn in sequins that would look like a belt. Something like these plastic sequins you can see below. I made a few necklaces with these kind of sequins. I think I only have one left. I'm not sure where are all the others. I did donate a few of them. Usually I donate my stuff around Christmas time to some association that is doing fund raising, so that it can be sold for charity. I must have given the other necklaces away as well. Perhaps I will make a few more in a future. If I manage to find time. Anyhow, that would be my pink dress illustration. I'm not very keen on markers, but I like how this illustration turned out. These are ordinary ones, I have never tried copic markers. Those things cost an arm and a leg. Every time I post something on Instagram, there is someone advising me to try out copic markers. No, thanks. I'm already spending more than I can afford on my art hobby. 

Ako bih pretvorila ovu haljinu u stvarnost, vjerovatno bi dodala i lijep remen. Možda bi ušila ukrase koji bi izgledali kao pojas. Nešto kao ovi plastični kristalići koje možete vidjeti ispod. Napravila sam par ogrlica s ovakvim kristalićima. Mislim da mi je samo jedna ostala. Nisam sigurna gdje su ostale. Nekoliko sam ih donirala. Obično oko Božića doniram svoje kreacije nekoj od udruga koja u to vrijeme skuplja novac, tako se mogu prodati u dobrotvorne svrhe. Druge sam ogrlica valjda  isto poklonila. Možda ih napravim još nekoliko u budućnosti. Ako pronađem vremena. Uglavnom, to bi bila moja ilustracija ružičaste haljine. Nisam ljubitelj markera, ali sviđa mi se kako je ova ilustracija ispala. Ovo su obični markeri, nisam nikada probala takozvane copic markere jer su za moj pojam preskupi. Svaki put kada objavim neku sliku na Instagramu nađe se neki pametnjaković koji mi kaže da ih moram obavezno probati. Ne hvala, ionako previše trošim na svoj hobi slikanja.


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                                                 A BLUE DRESS/ PLAVA HALJINA



So, that would be all about the pink dress, now let's talk about my painting of a blue dress. Yes, today I will present another fashion illustration to you. The medium for this second one is watercolours on book paper. I was worried that the paper will break because you know book paper isn't suitable for watercolour but I managed to make it work by being very careful not to use too much water. I love books, so it is important to me not to damage them. Even those books I don't care for.  I actually hate this novel whose pages I used for painting (my review on goodreads here, I plan to write more about it on my other blog someday), so I'm happy that I managed to turn this terrible book into something useful. I will most surely not read it again, but now I can flip through its pages and enjoy the images. As far as the first illustration is concerned, I didn't cover anything important with it, just references from one of my SLA ( Second language acquisition)  teaching books.

To bi bilo sve o ružičastoj haljini, sada pričajmo o plavoj haljini ili bolje rečeno mojoj slici plave haljine. Da, danas vam predstavljam još jednu modnu ilustraciju. Medij za ovu su vodene boje na papiru od knjige. Malo sam se brinula da će papir puknuti jer kao što možete zamisliti taj papir nije prikladan za akvarel, ali uspjela sam to izvesti tako da sam jako pazila da ne koristim puno vode. Volim knjige, zato mi je važno da ih ne uništim, čak i one knjige koje mi ništa ne znače. Zapravo ne podnosim ovaj roman čije sam stranice iskoristila za slikanje (napisala sam ogled na goodreads-u, a bit će nekad i na mom drugom blogu), tako da mi je drago da sam uspjela pretvoriti ovaj grozni triler u nešto korisno. Sigurna sam da ga neću ponovo čitati , ali sada ga mogu preslitati  i uživati u slikama. Što se tiče prve ilustracije, nju sam nacrtala za poleđini stručne knjige, preko popisa literature, tako da opet nisam ništa bitno prekrila. 




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 I just love the end result. The hair and the face look exactly how I wanted them to look. I must admit that I didn't pay as much attention to the rest, but I think it turned out pretty nice anyway. It is not a proper fashion illustration, but it has an artistic vibe that I really like. Most of my illustrations are not made to present them to potential clients (because I'm obviously not a designer). Instead, they're made because I love drawing and painting clothes. This blue gown is another item I would love to have in my closet. I love to drew this type of classical long dresses. Those kind of dresses look good on everyone. Anyway, I've taken a liking to drawing on book pages, you can expect more illustrations in this style. If I manage to solve my backache.  

Jako mi se sviđa kako je ova slika ispala. Kosa i lice izgledaju točno onako kako sam željela. Moram priznati da nisam obraćala toliko pažnje na ostatak, ali mislim da je ispalo poprilično dobro svejedno. Nije to "profesionalna" modna ilustracija, ali ima taj umjetnički pečat koji mi se sviđa. Većina mojih ilustracija nije napravljena da bi ih predstavila potencijalnim klijentima (jer očito nisam dizajner) nego ih pravim iz nekakve ljubave prema crtanju odjeću. Ova plava haljina je još jedan odjevni komad koji bi voljela imati u ormaru. Volim ovaj klasični tip dugih haljina. Takve haljine dobro pristaju svima. Uglavnom, svidjelo mi se crtanje po stranicama knjiga. Možete očekivati još takvih radova, ako uspijem riješiti bol u leđima. 


akvarel na stranici knjige

slikanje na stranici knjige

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nedjelja, 15. siječnja 2017.

Fake fur coat/ Kaput od umjetnoga krzna (Kravica)


It was quite cold when these photographs were taken, but I still thoroughly enjoyed my visit to these waterfalls. This outfit is very similar to the last one I posted, the only thing different is this faux fur coat. This coat is usually enough to keep me warm, but since it was really freezing that day, it didn't really do the job. Not its fault, though. I should have layered this look better. Next time I will wear an additional layer of clothing, perhaps a jacket of some kind. Now, I'll just touch briefly on this stunning location. I usually try to keep my posts shorter on the weekend.

Bilo je poprilično hladno kada su ove fotografije uslikane, ali sam svejedno jako uživala u posjetu ovim slapovima. Odjevna kombinacija je jako slična zadnjoj koju sam objavila, jedina razlika je ovaj kaput od umjetnoga krzna. Obično je više nego dovoljan da mi bude toplo, ali pošto je toga dana bilo baš hladno, nije se baš iskazao. Nije negova krivica, ja sam se trebala sjetiti dodati još koji sloj odjeće. Idući put ću se sjetiti dodati još neku jaknicu ili nešto tako. Sada, samo još par riječi o ovoj prekrasnoj lokaciji.  Obično se vikendom trudim ne duljiti previše. 







Kravica waterfall, also known as Kravice, is located  in Herzegovina, it is about 10 kilometers from Ljubuški and about 40 kilometers from Mostar. It is a popular tourist destination. The locals are quite fond of it as well. I myself have been here a number of times (you can see some of my previous visits here,  herehere,    here  and here). You can expect to see this place on my blog again. What can I say? I love it. 


Slap Kravica, poznat i kao Kravice je udaljen oko 10 kilometara od Ljubuškoga i oko 40 km od Mostara. Popularna je turistička destinacija, a i ljudi koji ovdje žive vole ga posjećivati. Ja sam tu bila puno puta ( u engleskom dijelu teksta su poveznice ako želite pogledati prijašnje posjete). Možete očekivati da ćete ovo mjesto ponovo vidjeti na mome blogu. Sviđa mi se. Što drugo reći?












So, if you decided to travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina do stop here. It is pretty close to the boarder with Croatia, so if you're visiting Croatian coast, it really isn't that long of a drive. The Kravica Fall (also called Kravice ) has a cafe and picnic/camping area. When we were there, the cafe wasn't open but on the upper side, we didn't have to pay to get in the area. For most of the year, there is a small admission fee (sth like 2 euros) that you have to pay if you want to get close to the falls. Anyway, this natural phenomenal is well worth the visit! The whole area is really beautiful.

Stoga ako ste odlučili posjetiti Bosnu i Hercegovinu, svratite ovdje.  Dosta je blizu granice s Hrvatskom, tako da ako posjećujete hrvatsku obalu, to stvarno nije duga vožnja. Vodopad Kravica (poznat i kao Kravice) ima i kafić i područje za piknik i kampiranje. Kada smo mi bili tamo, kafić nije radio, ali zato barem nismo morali platiti ulazak. Većinu godine, za približiti se slapovima treba platiti malu naknadu za ulaz (mislim da je oko 4 km). U svakom slučaju ovaj prirodni fenomen vrijedi posjetiti! Cijelo područje je stvarno prelijepo.





















 

dress/haljina: modna kuća Bellissima
coat/kaput: vintage
necklace/ ogrlica: handmade by me, moj ručni rad



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četvrtak, 12. siječnja 2017.

Green eyes, pink lips / Zelene oči, roze usne


I know I have shared this painting before, but in the meantime I decided that it is not really finished, hence I  added a few finishing touching. Here is my final version. Maybe. Who knows? Perhaps I will decided that I need to fix it up again. I quite like this face. It looks friendly. Interesting how some paintings seem to have a life of their own. Speaking of which.... How has life treating you lately? I still haven't gave up on multitasking while I'm drying my hair (because my hair is so thick I need to kill time). Remember how I told you how  I accidentally dropped a book in the sink while I was drying my hair (here)? Fortunately, the book had solid covers, so it wasn't damaged.  Tonight I did it again, just without dropping the book. I managed to read three pages of The Sandcastle by Iris Murdoch while I was drying my hair. Good for me:). The novel is fabulous btw. I'm sure I would love it! She's a brilliant writer. Have you read anything by her?

Znam da sam već prije podijelila ovu sliku, ali sam u međuvremenu odlučila da nije skroz gotova, pa sam dodala još par završnih poteza. Evo konačne verzije. Možda. Tko zna? Možda ću ponovo odlučiti da je moram popraviti. Sviđa mi se ovo lice, izgleda nekako prijateljski. Zanimljivo je kako se čini da neke slike imaju vlastiti život. Kad smo kod toga?....Kako život u zadnje vrijeme? Ja još nisam odustala od toga da radim dvije stvari odjednom kada je sušenje kose u pitanju (jer mi je kosa toliko gusta da moram ubiti vrijeme). Sjećate se kada sam rekla da mi je slučajno ispala knjiga u umivaonik (ovdje)? Srećom pa je knjiga imala dobre korice pa se nije oštetila. Večeras opet po starom, ali ovaj put mi nije ispala knjiga. Uspjela sam pročitati tri stranice romana Irish Murdoch dok sam sušila kosu. Bravo za mene. Roman je divan usput. Sigurna sam da će mi se dopasti. Ona je sjajna spisateljica. Jeste li pročitali što od nje?



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utorak, 10. siječnja 2017.

Ernest Hemingway: The Finca Vigia Edition (book review and recommendation+ my personal favourites)


Hello everyone! Today just a quick post. I would like to recommend this edition to you. It is known as 'The Finca Virgia edition'. As the title of it would suggests, it contains the complete short stories of Ernest Hemingway. The famous forty nine stories? They're all there. In addition, this book contains unfinished novels by Hemingway. So, it is a very complete edition, it even has a  foreword written by Hemingway's sons. I borrowed this edition from the library. I'm not sure will I buy it, because I have soooo many books, perhaps some day I will. I actually returned this book to the library before I managed to read it cover to cover. Basically, I didn't managed to read his unfinished writings, perhaps because I don't really like unfinished literary pieces- it feels too much like a teaser. I will have to read his unfinished novels some other time. I'm really happy I read almost all of his short stories because now I have a feeling that I got such a better insight into his writing. I don't know why I waited so long to really dig into his short story collection. Perhaps it is for the better. Being familiar with Hemingway's novel made reading these stories even more interesting. I could see how they connect one to another. I was able to make many mental connections and comparisons. 










Anyway, I immensely enjoyed reading Hemingway's short stories. Some of his stories are quite short, some are quite long but they are all a great read. I won't review them all separately or in length. That would take forever because there are so many of them. Instead, I will just write down those that are at this moment my personal favourites. In addition, I will write a few sentences about them (a short review of a sort):

1. The Short and Happy Life of Francis Macomber 

This story is set in Africa. Long story short- It is so well written, the characterization is masterfully done and the ending is simply splendid- and so unexpected. Don't let anyone spoil it for you! It is a pretty well known story, so you might have encountered a spoiler or two already. I'm so glad I didn't because the ending caught by surprise. That doesn't happen a lot. 

2. The Snows of Kilimanjaro

This one is a classic. If you like Hemingway, don't miss it. It is surprisingly emotional and vulnerable. Perhaps this is due to the fact that it is quite autobiographical. Hemingway was seriously injured in a plane accident in Africa and he had felt the consequences of it until his death.

3. Up in Michigan

This one is actually very depressive and sad, but I liked it because it is different. Different in what way? Well, the protagonist is a woman. Moreover, the story is told from a perspective of a woman. The theme is very bold. There is more than one way to read this one, but I think that one of them is particularly interesting- and that one is a warning to us woman. It reminded me a lot of one novella written by a Croatian writer, written a few decades before this one by Hemingway. 

4. Indian Camp

Certainly a very important story in Hemingway's canon. The theme of childbirth is handled in an interesting way. It is a painful read, but I did feel that there is a moral to this story. It made sense to me. Plus, it is well written and flows naturally. 

5. The End of Something

This short story is an interesting insight into a young man's psychology. We get to see how one young man's emotional reaction to a break up. Part of him had previously planned it and wished for it, but a part of him regrets it.  I think it explains why men sometimes perceive relationships as 'traps', even when they do emotionally care about their partner. It is because in a relationship, a man is often the person who is considered to be more responsible. He is the one expected to make decisions, that is why they might be more pressured. On the other hand, it is not like things are easy for us ladies either. We're expected to always adapt and that is no small feat either. 

6. Cat in the Rain

The story centers around a young woman, married to a distracted writer, trying to to find comfort in rescuing a cat in the rain. The writer in the story is obviously meant to be Hemingway himself and it doesn't show him in a particularly good light. This one is quite short but it is so well written. Once again, I liked how it put focus on the woman in the story. Nicely done!


7. A Very Short Story

When I read this one, I thought it was really good. However, when I discovered that it is almost completely autobiographical, I ended up liking it even more. Why? Because it retells such a personal experience. It tells a story of a soldier who falls in love with a nurse and plans to marry her. They get separated and in the meantime she falls in love with an Italian soldier and leaves him. This is something that actually happened to Hemingway. Not that I'm justifying his later (possibly problematic) behaviour, but perhaps this hurt was what hovered over his relationship with women in his life. At any rate, it takes guts to write about something that pains you deeply.

8. The Battler

The protagonist of this short story is Nick and he seems like a typical Hemingway's hero at start, a manly man and all that. However, he is not really in the focus (or the real hero) of this story. Nick encounters an ex boxer. The sad story of the boxer is the real 'story' in this one. The rest is just framing. Framed narrative is something that Hemingway used a couple of time. This time it felt perfectly executed. I felt moved by this story. It was a sad tale but I liked it.

9. The Butterfly and The Tank

Hemingway wrote a lot of antiwar stories, but this might just be my favourite one. It is set in Spain and is a part of his Spanish war short stories. This one shows the absurdity of war very clearly. I had read it in a heartbeat. It shows, rather than tells, this incident in which a man gets killed without a proper reason. It seems there is a reason, even you as a reader feel so, but then you realize you are wrong.They say that is a sign of a great writing. You really feel something. War changes our perspective of things- you are made to understand how. The writer has showed it to you, he didn't just tell you about it, he made you feel it. A masterpiece. 

10. Night Before Battle

Another one of Hemingway's Spanish War stories, this one tells a story of a man who knows he will be killed in the battle the following day. He knows it because his commander doesn't even know who Clausewitz is or what the definition of strategy and tactics is (btw Clausewitz was a Prussian general and a historian, who wrote the first scientific book about war). But that is war. Sometimes you're a brave man who is in charge of other brave man and yet you have to listen to some idiot. To disobey an order in time of war is almost always cowardice, both to yourself and to your fellow man. It is something that is hard to understand if you don't know how the military functions. I think general public knows very little about it. Perhaps that is why veterans are almost never appreciated and often people hate them. This is all because people don't like to think or be reminded of unpleasant things. This story is also told in a framed narrative. The protagonist is a soldier who tells a story of this other 'doomed' soldier.







Is there a story I didn't like? Actually, there is one. I didn't like The Good Lion. I think it is too bitter for children. You see, it is supposed to be a short story for kids, but it is way too depressive for them- at least so it seems to me. I don't see how a child could understand the moral of this story. What is the moral anyway? That rich people are empty inside and that is why they travel so much- to run away from themselves? They experiences are just snobbery? Can a kid really get all this? Anyway, that is my impression. What do you think about my ten favourite short stories by Hemingway? Do you have any favourite short stories?


ponedjeljak, 9. siječnja 2017.

Layering / Slojevito odijevanje

If you want something to fit perfectly, paying a visit to seamstress might be a good idea. That is how I ended up with this lovely suit. Black suit is a good investment. Not only is it easy to dress it up or down, it is also something you can wear to just about any occasion. It works well in all seasons. When Winter comes, all you have to do is throw a coat over your suit and you're all set to go. When it gets cold, it doesn't hurt to layer one's outfit. I'm just saying:). 

Želite li da vam nešto savršeno pristaje, nije loša ideja posjetiti krojačicu. Tako sam došla do ovoga lijepoga odijela. Crno odijelo je dobra investicija. Ne samo da ga je lako prilagoditi ležernom i dotjeranom odijevanju, već je nešto što možete nositi u svakoj prilici. Dobro dođe u svakom godišnjem dobu. Kada zima stigne, sve što trebate je prebaciti kaput preko svoga odijela i spremni ste za pokret. Kada je hladno, nije loša ideja pouzdati se u slojevito odijevanje. Samo kažem:).




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