Nine illustrations for Paris Fashion Week life shows SS16 for CNNstyle (one illustration each day) . Through analyzing day by day all collections from the runway, I was picking up the most original and characteristic look making the overall impression illustration
Day 1 - Pascal Millet
Day 2 - Yang Li
Day 3 - Balmain
Day 4 - DIOR
Day 5 - Haider Ackermann
Day 7 - CHANEL
Day 8 - Leonard Paris
Day 9 - Miu Miu
This project is about the finding peace with yourself. To be authentic, not to pretend to be some one else, when you are away from home – not to forget from where you are coming, to be entire – no matter were you are.
Two characters on the print can also be interpreted as the Divine couple referred to Genesis 2:24 "therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh", we are all different from origins, habits, back ground, life style but very similar in our thoughts and feelings. This collection of a casual wear (t-shirts, tank tops) for those who are close or far away, sharing the same print design in men's and women's wear.
All designs are available on Etsy
“Before humanity was nature, after humanity comes culture” - Anthropology of Human nature Marshall Sahlins 1.1 Through the notion of Indian Vedic traditional of comprehension of universe comes the mythology of Indian goddesses, representing the different part of our spiritual and materialistic life. Whole huge pantheon can be reduce to the four principal manifestations of the goddesses: - Kali (wild nature) - Durga (domestication of nature, but one who is ready to defend own rights) - Saraswati (learning by knowledge, culture) - Lakshmi (blessing of the Earth, abundance) Goddesses associated with wild nature, Gods - with demystification.
Through the ages we are witnessing the destruction of desire – ownership over nature, hence Goddess, thus destructed desire is controlled by culture.
Through different states of every woman’s complex character - all four characters of goddesses can be easily seen. Indian philosophical tradition is very visual accessible for everybody, but in the same time the symbolic meaning is deeply hidden underneath the image. Vedic philosophy gives a way for different interpretations using multi-colored, multi-opinion metaphoric language. In this project I wanted to make symbolic graphic style more contemporary and accessible to the larger public range, keeping all symbolic meaning respectfully to the iconic canon of Hindu mythology and idols.
My challenge was to find that thin boarder between my personal graphic comprehension and the image of divinity what can be used by the devotees during the prayer ceremony. After my survey among the Hinduism followers my images can be used for puja even with a couple steps what I took from the traditional iconography, if I succeed in contemporary illustration image - readers should tell
Series of collages- images of Virgin Mary was inspired by my travel in South India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Karnataka) during Christmas time.
I found many references to Spanish miraculous representation of Virgin in Indian interpretation
I like to spy on random characters, looking at their appearance to imagine their profession, family, origins, habits and life style. Hearing small parts of the phrases - makes a game even more exiting. In Saudi Arabia from the first glance everything looks very similar: same origins, same religion, same dress code, but of we just observe investigate a little bit, we will find the hidden 80% people of foreign origins working here. I tried to pick up women's characters first - its more easy for me to penetrate the society. Men's characters are to come.
Jeddah is the most liberal city in Saudi Arabia. I put on my hijab and listen what foreigners will tell about Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Project for e-commerce body products. Aim of promotional illustrations to outline the sensuality. Work in progress
My plane can't land in flooded Chennai, flying around tour by tour above the city. People are getting nervous. I'm taking a piece of paper and start doodling with my "teacher's" red pen. Circles are starting looking as threads, threads as hair… Finally plane lands, rain doesn't stop even for one second, but in the city the circulation is still possible.
Coming to my place, I'm still jetlagged… Power is going off (no one yet knows that it's "off" for entire week). I'm lighting a candle and accidentally a piece of paper with my red scribble falls down on the wet floor.
Hair… red hair… threads… labyrinths. Minotaur!
I was always fascinated by Greek mythology, more then by any fairy tales. Since my early childhood I knew Greek Gods and Goddesses, heroes and heroines. Theseus story always surprised me by the behaviors of the conqueror. With the help of Ariadne he kills Minotaur (who in Etruscan tradition wasn't a monster as he's described by hellions). Hero takes Ariadne with him as bride and finally leaves her on the island accompanied by her nurse. Abandoned "mistress of labyrinth" dies from grief (or childbirth - according to different interpretation).
I took totally personalized story-line meaning. Minotaur is naked - showing his naivety and rough gawky energy, his eyes are closed (blinded from the truth). He doesn't know about his difference from humans, he caries only about one precious thing in his life - Ariadne.
In this work I discovered a simplest technique - black and red pen. But more simple it looks- more difficult it's in execution. Line should be perfect, movement of a hand light and strong.
There are two things which came outpretty unexpected: reference to Picasso (for sure I knew his works but not so deeply) and visual erotic aspect of the series
Nude life sketches done in different years in various techniques. Field of experimentation and drawing practice
My everyday sketches on different supports to keep going as all musicians practicing the gammas, every artist has to sketch daily.
“Enjoy Saudi Arabia” - told me my friends with the sarcastic smile, seeing me off in airport ready for the new extreme adventure
Saudi Arabia in 150 words:
Saudi Arabia occupies the majority of Arabian Peninsula, extremely rich in petrol and well known by its ultra-conservative Wahhabism religious movement within Sunni Islam which is predominant feature of Saudi culture.
This feature provokes curiosity and disapproval from the rest of the world.
As well as India, KSA is standing between two incompatible pylons VII the century Sharia law, based on Hadith scriptures and XXI century high level technical progress. Adaptation of fourteen century gap is not easily incorporated to the contemporary globalization. Visiting Saudi Arabia (note that KSA is the only country where tourist visa doesn't exist) is as a trip to the past, époque of Crusades what we know from the history school classes.
Saudi Arabia has it’s own magic, conservative islam preserved the virginity of old traditions, old habits and purity of medieval religious perception
External wall painting in old French Pondicherian villa 2.5m x 5.5m. Fresco is seen from ground floor windows of the living room, giving the major tones to the inside space.
I really enjoyed doing this project starting gradually with background and coming to the details on foreground
Asian paints three coats used.