Thursday, April 10, 2014

the magic of travelling

I feel like I've been neglecting my blog a lot lately what with the current unsettling situation in my country and with the similar situation in my head, so I decided I need to add blog writing to my unhealthy state of constant drawing.
 Recently I returned from a short visit to the UK. With England being so different from my country, I found it almost like a trip to another planet. Perhaps I'm just too observant especially on my travels. ..because I hear people say I exaggerate. Some places do seem very much like another planet to me, especially Oxford. I know that locals often underrate places they live in and it's hard to get the proper feeling of a town when you are a visitor, but I do believe there is a kind of a language that places speak to people. and when you understand this language spoken to you in a different corner of the world, it's quite a feeling!

In any case, I was happy to see some great friends of mine and dear people and practise my awkwardness on them and to actually think in a different way and see things with different eyes. I mean it. Have you ever heard of geographical psychology? I don't fully understand the subject, as I only read some things about it, but it's definitely something to do with psychology... and geography haha! There's just more than a physical border between countries. I guess. Whenever you cross the customs control there's another border, a wall of mentality, thoughts and experiences that differ completely from the ones you're used to in your town, city or country. People often cross one border failing to cross another. I want to think I can cross the psychological border of other countries as well, but who knows, maybe it's just my imagination. Still I can feel myself  a little changed in different places.
 When I am going somewhere I can clearly imagine myself as a little dot on the map of the world moving east/south/west or north. I am very aware of the route and destination and my place on the planet. Probably that's because I've been always fascinated with travels. as a child my room had a big map and several globes. I've always been fascinated by travelling documentaries, never missed an episode of Cousteau.. There is even a polar explorer connection in the family.
 It's so calming watching the town and its residents as you walk down the streets and if you are alone on a journey, you notice you become completely invisible, safe for the moments when you are trying to run across the road and the car suddenly stops and signals loudly.
I usually take pictures compulsively, just to share them with others at home. In general I find the process quite annoying. Photos from travels minimize everything to a rather poor visual representation, minus the excitement of the moment, the sounds, the smells, the wind, the true light and other things that me and my camera aren't very good at capturing. I find that if you look long enough, without documenting it, you'll remember the moment. Like, for example, a beautiful magpie sitting on a gilded table in the garden and picking the crumbs left by a party with the sun setting slowly in the background. I think I've reached the point of being at my most sentimental. Time to change the train.

Ok, here's Oxford. It's the place which has the most things I like per sq.m. (and I mean the dinosaur's tail as well!)
I take Oxford in with certain types of music only: Radiohead, music of the middle ages, or even opera are all perfect, in my eyes this music makes the city's features more well-defined. By now you've probably understood I'm a travelling freak. What can I say to defend myself? I just find travelling to be a magical ritual, a special treat, a perfect enjoyment and always a curious experience of perception and always a test.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

i found a star

To take my mind off things I decided I need to do exactly that and fresh air is by far the best medicine. Today i took a walk with my friend which resulted in the following:
I've been heavily on Smashing Pumpkins this week again, and I've been looking at some of their imagery from Mellon Collie era (just to put me in the mood), besides i bought a book on Alchemy and Mysticism at Blackwell which is abundant in inspirational symbols.. stars, moons and suns. So when I found this star in the backyard of the old house today i sensed some magic underway. Photos by my friend Natasha

In the morning I used some old paper to create this travelling moon. 
you can follow its itinerary: 

This is an extremely mysterious taking-off-the-mask ritual: 

a beautiful Sunday to everyone

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Music post or Help! I can't stop drawing.

  Well, my recent diet has been mainly made of music and sketches. They seem naive but they help me build up a perfect world of my own in my head (which probably is not very normal) OK, am I rambling yet? I'd better turn off the music. I find writing while listening to some post-punk bands makes me indulge into self-pitying bullsh*t.
  So in this music-less room I'm going to share with you some things that have happened to me lately. Consider everything written above void, as I was listening and singing along to Joy Division, who are very influential!
 Last week I came back from London, which is a totally different reality, time and space from the place I live in (Chernivtsi) and going there is pretty much like getting punched in the face... in a good way??? haha.
   So, besides my usual business which is WorldTravelMarket, I also met some of my friends and new acquaintances, enjoyed the beautiful lighting in "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" and learned about prime numbers, bought some more books, because I have "so much" space at home, watched people from the doubledecker buses, missed nother Nick Cave gig (for the 20th time!), felt miserable and got cheered up by strangers, spent nearly all my money at Cass Art and generally strolled and strolled around the city ...
  Now I'm back to my well-learnt routine from 7am to 1am which is work, work, lunch, draw, draw, draw.
 The result of my work can be summed up in the following phrase: AAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
The result of my drawing routine for some past months you can see here:
The cover art I did for Lyla Foy 's beautiful and haunting song Easy


This is for the upcoming album by the lovely Alanna Eileen

and a portrait I did of the talented Roger Harvey

Here's Morrissey, who didn't ask me to draw him haha
And Lou Reed. 
Lou Reed's music has been with me since my first days at the university. Then I went to the USA to study and spent my December and half of January in NYC (an almost permanent holiday, by courtesy of my favourite provost Tom and understanding professors) and musically NYC was for me then and remains to this day the embodiment of Lou Reed's songs... and vice versa. Hanging around Union square and listening to 'Sunday morning' was very much like travelling back to the time I never knew. 
This is to be continued. 
Await more drawings 

Monday, October 21, 2013

a very long post

  Evening! It's been a while and I'll tell you why.
Firstly, I have been getting ready to move to a new flat (with a view, but sadly not in Florence). I am very excited about this and although the new flat's tiny, I'm not a giant either and I will still have more space for my drawing and collage making, dancing while preparing lasagne and having friends over as well as welcoming a cat or a dog friend. There's still lots to be done but with a little bit of patience I'll be soon posting some of the pictures of my new personal space. For now, here's the lovely little place I'm leaving:
This September I was part of the collaborative PRISMA Artist Collective (founded by Kaspian Shore) show at Distinction Gallery and produced work with the wonderful artists Nicole Gustafsson and Vahge:

Over the summer I also fell in love with photography. After the Depeche Mode concert (a very rare treat for me) I couldn't stop re-playing in my head the video footage for this gig created by Anton Corbijn. You know drawing something helps me to relieve the culture shock of the beautiful things I've seen. Otherwise I'm overdosed on impressions.. and this is not good. Just couldn't get over it, so I drew these: 

In fact after looking at some great photographs by Corbijn,  Kevin Cummins and Rankin I decided to give myself a try at photography. With a little help of my friends I took these pictures: 
Apart from that I've been drawing like mad, but it's not he news and if you follow me on twitter or facebook you already know that I am a obsessively compulsive drawer.. 
Oh, I also re-discovered Genesis and Peter Gabriel, I think some of their songs are phenomenal. 
...contributed my work to Melon Shrub zine in celebration of Smashing Pumpkins' "Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" album and illustrated an interview in Lionheart Magazine. I will share more of my contributions and commissions soon. 

I also enjoyed Peaky Blinders,
met new friends,
ate half a cake in one day,
had my hair cut, 
went to the mountains,
and have been painting lots of furniture, walls and occassionally and accidentally my own hands and feet.

Are you still reading? Then you have just won a special medal for patience made of love and air, and my eternal respect. 
Thanks so much for reading and looking! 

Saturday, January 26, 2013


Introducing "Nosorog" a self-published zine full of nonsense and silliness, inspired by the works of Mervyn Peake, Edward Gorey and other fine gentlemen and illustrated by your humble servant. Here is a feature on "Nosorog" kindly written by Matt Witt of the wonderful Creature mag
The copies of  Issue 1 are still available and Issue 2 is slowly but surely shaping up! So get ready!
 "Nosorog" bringing finest nonsense to your homes since January 2013!

Dear Fashion + Drawing The Pictures!

I've received some good news and wonderful packages since I last blogged! 
The talented Emmi of Dear Fashion sent me a copy of this beautifully-made journal (my collages are on the cover and inside! very proud :) This exclusive little book is not to be missed by fashion enthusiasts. It makes a very interesting read, besides being a feast for the eyes, as it is filled with beautiful illustrations and photographs! If you want a copy, you can buy one here and keep updated about other fashion news on facebook! 

Another lovely publication called "Drawing The Pictures" I received was from Gerlin of Coincidental Happenings The zine is devoted solely to cinema and features artworks of the favourite movies of contributors along with their writings. A little treasure full of illustrated movie recommendations! To buy one, please click here! :) 

Thanks for reading!
a happy weekend to everyone

Saturday, December 29, 2012

a year almost gone

 This year has been filled up to the brim with everything, which included the good, the sad, the happy and the unusual.
 This year my granny Eugenia passed away. It was a very sad moment, a very sad fortnight. But if you come to think of it, what is a sad moment against a long and happy life? Nothing! Sad moments pass and go and what I remember about my granny is not the way she passed away but the time she was with us. And of course, I believe in reincarnation!
 Now here are some of the nice things that happened in 2012 in an almost chronological order:
 The first was the wonderful Secret7s project and Florence Welch choosing my artwork to accompany her "Only if for a Night" single. 
Next was fantastic news from the extremely talented artist and a very dear to me person, Kaspian Shore ,
who invited me to join PRISMA Artists Collective and of course we've already had some great shows in the UK and the US.
I made my own facebook page 
which at first seemed like a strange idea, but eventually developed into a source of motivation and inspiration for me. Thank you so much for keeping me company there! x

 This year I've also had some great commissions related to music (it's always a treat!) One of them was designing a beautiful Moth Rah EP
I can't but mention my trip to Firenze... where at first I nearly experienced a Stendhal syndrome)) (or rather gelato syndrome)) I'm definitely coming back to Italy again. and again, and again! 

Quite recently I've come back from London, from World Travel Market and of course enjoyed the company of my friends, met new wonderful people and tasted the best cakes in the city! I couldn't miss
out on The Twelfe Night at the Apollo, which was the funniest thing this year so far, thanks to Mark Rylance. I can't remember laughing as much (except the not so rare moments at work, when my students make me giggle for the rest of the lesson))
There was a trip to The Natural History museum and I realised with relief that I'm no longer scared of the model of blue whale in there.
 Me and Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo did a portrait swap this year, too, which was great as Alvaro is one of my favourite artists and I'd love to do it again..) 
I was happy to collaborate with some fantastic magazines like Lionheart Mag , New Empress Film Magazine, Storygraph literary magazine, Dear Fashion and others.
I finally produced my own limited prints, thanks to my dear friend, who is also an extremely talented harpsichord master, Huw Saunders
Hmm.. what else.. at last I watched "The Hobbit" and thoroughly enjoyed it, I discovered Johnny Flynn and got fantastic support from his friends and fans online (thank you Rebecca!x), I ate lots and lots of cheese scones and met some great people and talked about fantastic things. Next year I promise to work even more, to make even more people laugh and laugh myself, to
make a zine, eat more often
be more serious in particular circumstances
spend more time drawing
be nice and never let frustrating thoughts keep in my mind for more than 2 secs.

I solemnly swear that I'm up to no good!

Have a great 2013!