A very fun and quick experiment inspired by… Florentine Renaissance portraits. I was working on my annual art history paper that was a research about compositions and typology of the portrait in Florence in 15th Century. What I was impressed by is that most of the portraits in profile or 3/4 were illustrating the left side of the sitter.
While asking myself why and reading some psychological researches, I was thinking that for me, as a right-handed person, is easier to draw left profiles and 3/4s. Proved after sketching these 3.
Portraits with dots
These are series of experiments - creating portraits over photographs or paintings by playing with dots for shadows. Also, loved adding some colourful elements with these black-and-white-and-grey portraitures.
From left to right:
-portrait of Bulgarian singer Pasha Hristova (1946-1971)
-double portrait of my grandparents when they were young. It is based on the only old, black and white photo I have of them - never really got the chance to get to know them.
-experiment with classical nude posing of woman.
-experiment with Rubens’ painting Hygieia.
Three symbolic places of Sofia - in years, before, now, in the future. Favorite meeting or viewing spots. One of them doesn’t exist anymore.
Made the one with Slaveykovi on the bench for Urbanites Sofia, to finish the series of 3 illustrations. Have a look at their platform here - a lovely place that supports Bulgarian artists.
Sophie's Choice: illustration
When nights are clear
Series of minimal nights. In black, red and white.
Abstract & Minimal Faces
Series of experiments with simple lines, shapes and colours. These are faces or just expressions… Take it as you wish.
Colours of... Northern Lands
I did a little experiment that will most probably turn into a series of creations… I had an amazing Northern trip starting from France, going through Canada and Iceland and ended in the Netherlands. I took tons of photos but I am now excited about the colours of those super different lands: I am picking a little colour palette of several favourite places and will turn them into a world of my creation.
First on the left
This is my first: the place where Björk doesn’t live, an Icelandic church just next to Reykjavik. These are the colours of that moment and place and the new setting. The one day with blue sky in Iceland we had. The white night. The water everywhere. The crazy mountains that are no mountains but some weird fusion of ex-shore, rock and lava after-math. Yup. That’s what I came up with.
In the middle
Here we go again with Iceland… It seems I am addicted, but I really wanted to make this one: it is a fusion of the colours of my favourite spot there so far (the Black beach) and one of the symbols of Reykjavik - Hallgrímskirkja (that very odd church that you can see from anywhere and helps you navigate without Google maps). I placed that expressionist architectural creature into another fictional world, taking only the colours from the photo from the Black beach. Why so? Maybe you didn’t know, but if you give a closer look to the church, you will see that the top is designed the same way as the famous tectonic square rocks that are on the Black beach. That is one of the connections… Another one is… my imagination.
On the right
My second world was inspired by a little place called Collonges-la-Rouge, located in Corrèze, France. It is famous with the red stone that is used on everything: buildings, roads… I saw it in Spring, so in Spring is the very red Universe I created with its colours. Oh, yeah, in Spring we trust!
It is such a wonderful reminder of a lovely walk and digital-nomadish working afternoon I had with my girls Kika, Anne & Isabel.
Animals in straight lines
Here are few experiments with geometric art - several animals created in straight lines in contrast with very round environment.
Men can... too
Can you imagine someone telling you that you cannot do what you are born to do? Because you are a woman, a gay or something else that they do not understand and their cultural and political background claims as not acceptable.
In 2018 I cannot. I am terrified by the thought of how many, many, many people in history were murdered, forced, being “healed”, imprisoned because of how they are born. I am even more terrified about the fact it is still happening in 2018, after all the history and knowledge we have… Why humans tend to be so stupid?
I started a little series of posters like these 3 — beautiful, amazing, talented humans who gave their lives for what they love. They achieved greatness without fitting some stupid models — they are not white, they are intelligent and talented. I am sure they would also use irony and black humor to mock the ignorance of the crowds. Do you know the stories of Frida, Farrokh and Neerja? No? Read them, they are truly inspiring!
Artworks were inspired by Polish artist Jan Bajtlik.
See them big here (download if you wish, just give credits).
A series of experiments with digital drawing, flat art, colours and shapes. Name is inspired by the wonderful song of Son Lux ;-)
Bar FlipFlop at 5 - creative concept
For the bar's fifth birthday, I made portraits of the team members and we put the notorious "five-pointed star" in the middle.
Flat Earth Society
After seeing tons of funny articles and memes about the supporters of the "theory" that the Earth is flat after all, I was inspired to do this little series of "Flat Earth Society" with these creatures who truly support the idea.
Back in 2016-2017 I did a series of faces in this abstract, sometimes a bit creepy style. Here are two of them - She and Sofia as a person. The second is a personification of my home city - Sofia, the Bulgarian capital, done for Marija Biljan's project "City as a person".