Saturday, December 02, 2017

Séance de dédicace au SLPJ Montreuil

A l'occasion du 33e Salon du livre et de la presse jeunesse en Seine-Saint-Denis (Espace Paris-Est-Montreuil) qui aura lieu du 29 novembre au 4 décembre 2017, venez à la rencontre de l'équipe de Baïka Magazine au stand B22a.

Je serai moi-même présente, accompagnée de mes crayons de couleurs, pour une petite séance de dédicace le dimanche 3 décembre à 11h. x

Séance de dédicace de l'illustratrice Apolonia Stankiewicz
Date : Dimanche 3 décembre 2017
Adresse : Espace Paris-Est-Montreuil / 128, rue de Paris – 93100 Montreuil
Horaire : 11h
Durée : 1h
Maison d'édition : Baïka Magazine
Numéro de stand : B22a

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Sunday rest

Hello there my dearest readers! Today I would like to share with you one of my latest projects, another commission for a private client. I was asked to portray two members of the client's family, her grand-mother and her mother, surrounded by their pets in a 'homey' atmosphere. Thus, the illustration is entitled Sunday rest, as Sunday to my mind is the best day of the week to enjoy free time and rest at home with the ones you love. And eat cake of course!

Sunday rest

I must admit that I have never made so many sketches for a project of that size before. Usually when I set to make any illustration (one piece about 21x28cm, that is to say one piece about 8.27"x11.02") I already have a clear picture in my head, and I make one or two sketches and take a few notes to make sure that I will not forget anything while I am painting. But this time the approach to it needed to be different, as I had to integrate a lot of specific elements into an A4+ piece of paper. And as you see I am the kind of person who dwells a lot on details, not to mention the trifling ones... The risk here is to overload the illustration with too much information and make it illegible - ugly and a strain on the eyes. The sketching process helped me find the key spots where I could place each character - furry and not furry - so that all had their bit of paper on which to shine, stand out, without overshadowing the others. I did my best to find the right balance, and for the time being I am quite satisfied with my work - in the near future I might think otherwise...

At first my sketches had followed a different path from the last ones that were made. I had intended to draw the client's house - always looking for an opportunity to draw houses, obsessed as I am - with a view of the living room seen from the outside through wide windows. Eventually I had to give up that idea as it did not emphasize enough the occupants and the homey feeling. Furthermore, I remembered the size of the working surface which would have restrained me from being as meticulous as I wanted to be while remaining 'legible'. I had to depict an interior scene, and a living room seemed to be the most cosy place in a house.

I do not see the point in showing you the fifty sketches I have made, they make no sense at all to anyone but me - you would be thoroughly bored, and I would die of shame. I would rather show you two photos of the illustration in progress instead.

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You can see below a detail of the mother and the grand-mother (finished illustration).

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The pets I was asked to paint were a curly black dog, two cats, and one guinea pig. I was used to dread drawing guinea pigs until they finally grew on me; the more the shape is simple the more I find it difficult to draw it properly. Making simple and very precise lines is so hard, it drives me mad. But it's fun nonetheless!

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Above: Guinea pig in progress, and detail of the finished illustration.

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Above: Black cat with glasses in progress, and detail of the finished illustration.

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Above: details of the finished illustration. A curly black dog, afternoon tea, and a second cat.

The illustration Sunday rest was made with coloured pencils and acryl gouache on watercolour paper.

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Saturday, April 01, 2017

Prima Aprilis

Happy and funny Poisson d'avril to Everyone! Someone played a trick on Sailor Swordfish, the latter does not seem to enjoy it haha
The illustration was made with coloured pencils and gouache on Bristol paper.

Prima Aprilis

Friday, February 17, 2017

Virée Nocturne

Last month I was commissionned by a private client to paint her beloved pets. Before I proceed any further, let me tell you straight away - so that I do not hold out false hopes to you my dear readers - that unfortunately she does not own any dragon. Consequently, neither she nor I know where one can adopt them - sorry! Now that the question is settled I can get back to the subject, that is my last commission entitled Virée Nocturne (it means 'night-ride' in French).

Virée Nocturne

I was asked to paint her four guinea pigs, her dog, and her two rabbits, in some imaginary scene. She had told me she loved dragons - especially Smaug from J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit - and hiking, so I had a clear picture of what I was going to make.

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If you have been following me on Instagram, you may have seen a few 'wip' pictures of that illustration. I worked with coloured pencils and acryl gouache on a Canson art board (30x40cm). I enjoyed that project immensely as I had full liberty and time to do it! And I love painting people's pets :)

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Christmas Decorations 2016. No.6.

Hairy isn't it? Here is an ox, sixth and last decoration of the 2016 series. I am already looking forward to next Christmas ;)
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Ox (2016), front and back view.