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Art Trades and other cool stuff

Thu Sep 20, 2018, 10:34 AM
Here I am sitting, and FYI, the wall behind my desk is the Other People's Art Wall of my room (and a bookshelf, pictures and books fight for space here), and I got the idea to make this journal, as most of those pictures came from art trades.

...Och Tystnaden Faller by Sieskja Listening to the Wind by yanadhyana

Thanks to the ever awesome Sieskja, I was pulled into the whole art trade thing and in all honesty I don't regret any of it whatsoever. I got to know a little more a bunch of cool people thanks to it, starting with Sieskja herself, and then those that I made the projects with, more than once or twice or even thrice in some cases. It's seriously fun and I actually miss it a lot, I don't have that much time for it nowadays - and, uh, also I'm too awkward to ask for art trades, anyway. That's me. I am aware of my skills, but that's got nothing to do with writing messages to people.

Anyway. Here are some awesome pictures from art trades, and also some that were gifted or dedicated to me (which every single time was a shock and it still is, really). You can see the whole folder of them in my faves collection here.

 She liked to walk alone by Sieskja Le Saule Pleureur by Sieskja

From Sieskja, just a tiny fraction of how many we've exchanged in snail mails over the past... 6 years, holy fuck. 6 years. Has it really been that long? They are all hanging on the wall, I can't believe the first one - that is the first featured in this journal - has been here for 6 years. Still love it. Still utterly in love with those salt textures, too. Also, it took me at least 2 years to notice that the magpie is holding a berry in its beak. Fuck my life. 

Miss Molly Clockpoint by yanadhyana Howl and Sophie by yanadhyana

From yanadhyana, with whom I also made lots of exchanges, and I still find myself staring at all the details when I'm thinking. That cup of tea in the first picture (of my character Molly) always gets me. I still want to own those clocks, too.

Murdag by nati Whiter Shade Of Pale by TrollGirl Maitre corbeau by Kafkami

I perfectly remember the utter bewilderment when I got a message from nati asking me about an art trade. I can recall it exactly as it was. I mean, I don't remember where I was when I read the message, but I do remember I had to look for my jaw somewhere. Imagine getting such a question from a person whose works you were envying when your own skills were around the stone age level. Good fucking goodness.

With TrollGirl there was lots of fun, too. Three things to freely mix up and make something cool with paint, sign me the fuck up. I think it's the most neony picture I own and it's fantastic.

Kafkami's painting was such a delight. To have something more surreal with a character of mine was at the very least unexpected, and do I love the effect it made... also that sky is just brilliant.

Sylwia's Murdag by EvaGataArtist Keeping Watch by Kaelycea

EvaGataArtist is such a positive influence wherever she goes that that alone is a straight up blessing to be around her (I am ceaselessly amazed with how bright she is), and seeing this painting of my character Murdag painted by her out of the blue was... well, I had to stare for a long time before it got to me.

On one hand there are the gifts and art trades, and on the other, there happens to be a moment when an artist you are looking up to so much asks if you could be a model for their new illustration... I said to myself "holy shit" then, and I can easily say that now, too. And then mysteriously my best friend also delivered to me a surprise print of this from Kaelycea. What an experience. (Yes, that's me from from 6 years ago.)

Just other clock by Gawarin Bird by ArgentoMorte

2013 and 2014 (especially the latter) were the shittiest years of my life and getting those surprise birthday gifts from GawarinArgentoMorte, erinclaireb, and Miss-Friskies were probably more important to me then they might have expected. Honestly, they made my mood so much better and I'll be forever grateful for that and this is embarrassingly too short of a paragraph to express that well enough.

BDay gift : Out of time by Miss-Friskies Tea, Blankets and Books by erinclaireb

Also... I've got my own stamp thanks to Sieskjatoo...

PDF download of my artbook

Wed Mar 28, 2018, 12:52 PM

I didn’t think I’d be posting anything about my old artbook again, but there it is: I put up a downloadable PDF with the contents in my Etsy shop (for 4€). I also created a coupon with 25% discount for the artbook and prints of 4 of the illustrations that were included in it. The coupon code is BEAUTYBEAST, and it’s valid until the 4th of April.

In details, the PDF book contains:
- 20 full-colour illustrations,
- my written version of the Beauty and the Beast story,
- the cover illustration in colour, without the typography.

There are two versions of it in the purchase - one page by page, and one with full spreads.

Video of my painting process

Wed Feb 7, 2018, 1:54 AM

Hi! This isn't such a new video (I've posted it to my tumblr before), but this week I decided to launch my own YouTube account and this is my first post there! You can watch my painting process of one of my story characters, Akari (and her very important cat).

There will be more videos of me painting and other stuff focusing on my work to view on my YT, so you can go there and subscribe to see them as soon as I upload. :heart:

And this is the link to my YouTube page.

PS. This is one of the steps I'm making before I'll publish a way bigger announcement.

Emergency Commissions

Thu Sep 7, 2017, 3:09 AM

I really don’t like talking about personal issues but my financial situation right now is so crap that I’m going to post this. In my country, if you want to be self-employed, you’ve got to pay about 500PLN every month for the first two years - that’s on “discount” - and two years after registration it goes up to almost 1200PLN monthly, which is way more than I can afford. To give you perspective, minimum wage here is 1459PLN monthly this year, which is a bit more than 400USD. (And good luck making a living with that).

So. In October, my two years threshold is up. I’ll be closing my self-employment business before then, but I need to pay the obligatory monthly shit before I do that, and I have some of it overdue from July and August and after summing up all my savings (whooping 500PLN, yay), I’m still 800PLN short. That is almost 230USD.

As such, I’m making those emergency commissions here. 
(I also have full illustration commission info here)

The payment is via paypal only (unless you live in Poland, then it can also be a direct bank transfer). 

Additional characters are, per 1 character: +6USD on portraits, +15USD on waist-up, +20USD on full-body.

Simple background (such as the starry sky behind the torso/waist-up dude) or the swirly things behind the orange one are +3USD on portraits, +6USD on waist-up, and +10USD on full-body.

Since those are painted/drawn on paper, I can also send them via mail. Details for that are discussed separately.

I’d appreciate very much if you could at least spread the word. Thank you!

Day 8221: MUCC concert

Wed May 27, 2015, 3:08 PM
I considered it awesome enough to actually write a personal journal that is not "please help me". Now, that's been a while. I will not bore you with many words, I'll just sum it up: I went to the first concert in my life, performed by a band that has been my top favourite for the longest time, comparing to the others. I was standing right next to the stage, and they were performing less than 2 meters from me. And they were beyond fabulous.

Untitled by STelari

In case you were wondering - that was, in fact, the 8221st day of my life.

Commissions are [OPEN]

Wed Aug 21, 2013, 11:50 PM
Payment via PayPal only (bank transfer if you live in Poland).
The sizes given can differ by up to 3 cm.
The prices are approximate and can differ depending on the commission details.
Additional costs will be added if you wish to receive the original picture via mail (30% + shipping).
Please contact me via e-mail.
Really, please do not send me a note or a comment. Only email.

How does it look like: first we discuss the subject, size, technique, possible shipping. Any reference pictures for specific characters/locations are quite welcomed. Then I prepare the concept sketch. Once it's adjusted to your requirements, you'll need to send the payment (to a PayPal invoice that I'll send to you), and then I get to work on the final picture. If you chose for it to be shipped, I'll notify you after it's sent and give you the tracking number. If you choose to resign from the commission after or during the concept sketch stage, the costs for that are between 10-30 USD, depending on the size and detail.

Other picture sizes and media can be discussed.

The prices below are for non-commercial, private collection type commissions only. I retain the copyrights. Commissioned pictures may be later assembled into printed artbooks, with proper credit given to the purchaser.

You can buy my drawings, prints, sketchbooks, bookmarks etc. in my Etsy Shop.
You can also get my prints on various things at my society6.

Starlake by STelariWho would have thought by STelariWhere the small cats hop by STelari

A5 (15 x 21 cm)

Graphite: 100 USD
Ink: 120 USD
Ink + watercolour/gouache: 160 USD
Graphite + watercolour/gouache: 180 USD
Other media can be discussed


The Builder by STelariIt all starts with one by STelariMagic is waiting ahead by STelari

A4 (21 x 29 cm)

Graphite: 140 USD
Ink: 150 USD
Ink + watercolour/gouache: 230 USD
Graphite + watercolour/gouache: 240 USD
Other media can be discussed


To you, 100 years from now by STelariFear me by STelariThe tunnel by STelari

A3 (30 x 42 cm)

Graphite: 295 USD
Ink: 330 USD
Ink + watercolour/gouache: 420 USD
Graphite + watercolour/gouache: 440 USD
Other media can be discussed

How to make a viking dress

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 5:46 AM

I used to be a part of one history reenactment group some time ago. Such groups basically reconstruct elements of daily life of people from a selected time period; my group was interested in early Middle Ages, from the 8th to the 11th century, from the Eastern and Northern Europe. Personally, I used to reconstruct a viking woman from today's Sweden areas. Most of you will be shocked, but vikings were not half-naked barbarians with horned helmets. They had no horned helmets. Really.

Anyway, my favourite part of reenactment has always been all the suit making. Buing materials, planning, cutting, sewing (hand sewing!), embroidering. Then, wearing. Generally, viking clothes are very easy to make, though I admit that the materials aren't the cheapest, if you want to make it as much accurate historically as you can. 

I've prepared a simple tutorial about how to make a typical viking dress. As I've said, it's very easy to make, but it takes time, when you don't use a sewing machine. Up to 4-5 days. What do we need? I'll write about the historically accurate stuff.

Ingredients by STelari
(Click on the picture to view it full sized and to see descriptions)

Cloth: at least 150x300cm. I used 150x700cm only once and it's really the top border. Really. You can choose between linen, wool (100% wool, no polyester!) and silk. Silk is awfully expensive and not so easy to get, therefore I'd recommend either wool or linen. Colours... well, I think you can imagine that medieval people didn't know how to make the eye-killing cyan-green-vivid-whatever dyes. So rather calm colours. Browns, greens, greys. Red, blue and purple are the extremely expensive medieval colours. Now, let's make it more funny – one of the most common dye colour was pink... It was one of the easiest to receive.

Threads: linen, woolen or silk. No cotton. Cotton is historically accurate in the Middle Ages period  reenactment, of course, but only if you reconstruct American history...

We'll also need scisors (oh really?), needle and a measure. And some free space on the floor. Pins would be nice, too, but not necessary.

Pattern - feel free to print by STelari
I've prepared a nice printable version, click to view full size and the description.

As you can see, it couldn't be more simple. Remember that you need to adjust the lenghts to your body's shape. I'm not a tall person, so these measurements are just fine for me (if you're around 1m60, at least half of your measuring is done now). More or less – measure yourself from your shoulders below (not from your head; some help would be nice) and add 10-15 cm. Measure around your chest (not around the waist, we've got leather belts for these things!) and add 10 cm to each side of the back and front dress parts. Measure arms and add 10 cm, measure around arms (not forearms) and add 15 cm at least. Remember, it's better to add too much and then remove some than add too little and waste the cloth.

At the picture above I've also drawn the way all the parts should be put together. And that would be almost all... When sewing in the triangle skirt parts, it's better to begin from the top and go down from one side and then start over for the 2nd side. Don't worry when you'll see a lot of cloth at the bottom sticking below the edge of front or back body dress parts - it's expected and you'll just remove the extras later. You'll be probably able to sew a small bag out of them.

Stichtes. I've drawn my two favourite ones in the picture again, but I use them only for visible places, for example around edges or to decorate the visible parts of stitches around skirts. But when it comes to sew all the parts together, use whatever stich type you want and whatever you feel comfortable with - I don't recommend these two shown, as they take really a lot of time to make, especially the crossing one.

Viking woman by NigdziekolwiekBlue and brown Viking dress by LaeradViking Embroidery by Erianrhodviking frouwe by cornum
Hervor new costume by VendelRus10th c. Norse Women's outfit by silverstahthe Viking by Narenlith

An easy wire-wrapping tutorial

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 1:10 AM
When it comes to making jewerly, especially silver, wire-wrapping technique is one of the nicest consider the availability and costs of the materials (it definitely beats Art Clay Silver at these points). But before you get silver wire and start making such fabulous pieces like the ones I've featured in the end, it's good to take your first steps using something cheaper - and here comes the copper wire - and making something simpler, to get used to this lovely technique.

This tutorial I originally posted on my blog a couple of months ago and I thought about sharing it also here.

6 by STelari
This is what we're planning to get.

First of all, we need stones - the more regular they are, the better. No need to think about any super duper expensive ones now (: I collected most of them in my garden, there are also parts of my old broken earrings and a small glass ball. We also need sharp pincers, round pincers and a wire, 0.6mm or thicker, 40cm at least. Copper wire is quite cheap and it suits this exercise well.

1 by STelari

Take the wire, leave behind about 4-5cm and round the stone with it, tightly. Leave the 4-5cm again and cut the whole part off, like in the picture below. Now you know what length  ou need, more or less 14-15 cm, depends on the stone. Use this piece of wire as a measure to cut more of them. Here I use 4, but it can be 2,3,5...

Gather them all together, find the middle and wrap the wire around, making the spiral not longer than 1cm. You don't need to cut off the wire before wrapping it, it would be a waste if you cut a too long piece.

2 by STelari 3 by STelari

Take the wires and wrap them around the stone, just like you did in the first step. Bend them to make a "neck" like in the picture below, twist them gently together as close to the stone as you can and save the connection with another spiral.

4 by STelari

Leave at least 2 wires to make the loop and do what you want with the rest - wrap them around, make swirls, spirals, there are many possibilites, as you could see in the first photo. Then, take at least one wire and bend it like in the picture - use either your fingers or the round pincers. Wrap around it the last free wires and save the ends of the loop, e.g. by swirling them, so it won't slip out. And that's it! Now you can make 15 such pendants and produce a whole necklase, if you add also some beads.

5 by STelari

And now, take a look at these brilliant wire-wrapping jewerly pieces.

Nasturtium 2 by BartoszCibad'Oro - bracelet by BartoszCibaBRANSOLETA 'GRANDISSIMA' by bizuteria-bizu4u
Paua bracelets by TriquetraZoneFishes... by PilaresABERDEEN by artpoppy
Wire earrings by YulienDeathWire-wrapped, large Swarovski necklace by AnnaMroczekAOROTH by LUNARIEEN