Thursday, 26 January 2012

St. Valentine's Ecard!

Today was an awesome day for me...I got a lovely deposit on my bank account from the clients and I got a link to my Ecard as well, so I wanted to share it with you! I'm glad they were happy with my work and then as I visited their site I've noticed they used my flower concept as their background and clouds as their Valentine's :) So without further ado I present you my 1st(out of many I hope) Ecard I did for American Greetings :)


Tuesday, 24 January 2012

New Header and 'logo' :)

As you've probably noticed I have finally changed my Blog header, so yeyieee! :))
I have enjoyed indeed in the whole process of making my dragonfly girl and somewhat my logo character. I still have plenty of work making my real logo design and it's next on my list but I 1st wanted to finish this. So here it is with some blown up details...
Cheers xoxo

Antoana Oreški ©2012

Antoana Oreški ©2012

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Custom 'painting'

So, I have finally made it, working on 3 projects at the same time was exhausting and a bit stressful...not that I didn't have fun working on them as I always do but I wouldn't like doing this just that often, I'm still just a human and day does have only 24h :) lol

I'm still not completely finished with my kid's pages but will be by tomorrow, and then I'm going back to try finish my logo designs, I have some cool ideas storming inside my head and if I don't get my hands on a piece of paper and paint soon I honestly believe they'll explode inside me (ideas, I mean) :)
Now back to this project of mine, it's custom made and I love working on such projects. I had a very tight deadline on this one and at one point I didn't think I will be able to finish it. It was one of those moments where you are going one direction and you realise there's something missing, like this work doesn't belong to you, you did it but you don't like doesn't look bad but you're not happy with it...there's just something not right, you know?!

So what did I do? I boldly erased half of it (that I didn't like) not knowing what will I do and will I have enough time to repair the damage and I decided to rest from it for an hour or so. Then I started to look at some of inspirational artwork (illustrations, photos, animated movie shots...etc) and I immediately started to get one idea after the other...I just needed a fresh perspective on the whole picture and let my brain rest and feed on the imaginery food and I was back on track. Also I love doing photo referencing, nature itself is always so inspirational...and I think my lack of inspiration was caused by me being trapped indoors for days now due to deadlines and I haven't been spending time outside where real life was happening. And to make things worse, we've been having such gorgeous weather these past few days it's so painful to stay inside and work :(

Anyhow, here's my final work (just click on it to see it enlarged) inspired by this little girl's pics I received as photo reference and her personality I was told about, and she's very unique and I wanted to do something different myself :)
I hope you'll like it and pls feel free to leave any comments, they're always very welcomed and appreciated! 
As always kisses from me! xxx


Antoana Oreški ©2012

Antoana Oreški ©2012

Monday, 9 January 2012

New Year new projects :)

Hello everybody and Happy belated New Year!

First I hope you all had very lovely and blessed holidays, especially Christmas. It is my most favourite and important day of the year as being a christian, since God is God of families I love this day when all of my family comes together to celebrate Christ and to simply enjoy eachothers company and share the laughs :)

We each bring something we made and this year I brought some Sarma (minced meat and rice rolled in cabbage leaf) and I made 2 different cakes- the pear cake with wild fruit sauce and almond/vanilla biscuits (with the help of my liitle elf-Noalinn, my precious 3yr old :)) Yummmm yummmm, I tell ya :)

Just 2 days before Christmas I received a really cool job offer from American Greetings to do a St. Valentine's Ecard...never done Ecards before but I love new projects and challenges and so I embarked on the new voyage and I LOVED it!!! It was a really cool new experince and I must say the AG directors are a lovely bunch, with lot's of understanding and patience :) It's so different to think in the lines of making the Ecard vs. regular painting of illustrations, but since I got accustomed to seperate things in loads of layers (it's how I have to do all my enigmatic illustrations too) it didn't take me that long to start making the mental notes of painting everything on a fresh new layer and making order within different folders.

Also a big THANK YOU to Nate and Salli from They Draw and Cook for featuring my little green furry monster Grinch in their Jumbothrone. It's thanks to their lovely site that I got that contract thru. So, thank you guys! :)

So the Ecard is finished and the animation team is working on it now, hopefully I'll be able to share the end result with all of you when it's all done, and I'm moving onwards with some new projects that came thru yesterday and today, but more about those in the next post :)

Here's just a tiny preview of my work for the Ecard, can't see much but all I can show you for now.

Antoana Oreški ©2012

And lastly, I'm wishing you all a very productive year ahead and may it be best yet to come!

All my love,

Ant xoxo