Thursday, March 29, 2012

Materials I Bought in Japan!

I got some fabulous items to use in my artwork whilst in Japan. Check it out! First, I got a pile of kimono magazines. Since I got them at Book Off (used bookstore) they were almost all ridiculously good deals, and most of them are magazines that I couldn't find in the new bookstores. Though they pushed my suitcase to the brink of the acceptable airline checked baggage weight limit, it was worth it! Sooooo many beautiful patterns for my mind~

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Next up, beautiful oversize origami paper from Tokyu Hands!

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"Common, generic" cards for various occasions. They were 100 yen (a little over $1) each. Holla!

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The knots are mesmerizing.

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I got this beautiful post card set at the Imperial Palace. Thank you, Emperor!

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Got some gorgeous kimono fabric pieces at a flea market. They belong to fabulous MARO, who runs a lovely kimono blog here. I didn't expect to find both beautiful fabrics and a beautiful new friend at once.

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And last but not least, I finally had a REAL stamp made for my signature. My handmade one was crumbling to pieces lately. Look how beautiful, how new! La! And that's most of it. You'll see some of these materials creeping into my new artworks. Ciao for now!

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Artist Interview: Sasha Tudvaseva 's Surreal Portraits

I came across mad-talented Russian artist Sasha Tudvaseva the other day. Her work is totally exceptional and she totally deserves to be at the top of the contemporary art scene. Los Angeles, you'd better get her into your galleries while you can.

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JUURI:
I love your Moleskine drawings. What medium do you use to get your unique look?

Sasha: Almost all the works in Moleskine are drawn with a pencil. Before now I used only color correction in Photoshop, but recently I've started to use filling for blur effect.

↓ Digital work
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JUURI:
Do you prefer digital or traditional media?

Sasha: I prefer digital art, although some say that I'm better at traditional art. I think, it caused by my nature, I'm very lazy and I rarely can finish my work. Digital works take from 3 to 5 hours. That is less than painting takes. And cheaper.

JUURI:
Is it your dream to do art for a living, or do you prefer another job?

Sasha:
No, thank you very much. I plan to devote myself drawing. I even can't think about doing anything else.

Thank you for your time, Sasha! Hope your dreams come true and you can draw your whole life. You certainly deserve it. <3 JUURI Photobucket Photobucket