Christmas Countdown

I am looking forward to the holidays this year.

The past two years have brought a number of changes to my life; the biggest change being my entry into motherhood. Some of you may have noticed that I looked quite pregnant in the photos of my trip to the Island of Madeira in 2017. I was over seven months pregnant at the time of that trip, so I like to think that the baby enjoyed the trip as well.

At the beginning of 2018 I had a healthy baby girl, born with a full head of hair. The following month after she was born, my longtime partner and I tied the knot. I should write a post about our wedding someday soon, because it was an unconventional experience!

After having our daughter, I took time off from my day job to stay home and raise her. Last Christmas, I was a new and tired mom; but this time I have a toddler who has given me a refreshed perspective on life. She inspires me to choose happiness, and I want to make sure that she is as proud of me as I am of her each day.

Stephanie Konu and family  Renee Wallace Konu
Stephanie Konu and family

I hope that the content of this blog has helped my readers to feel inspired in a similar way. Inspired to try new things, and experience life through a positive mindset. The world is a troubling place, so it is important recognize how special each of us are.

Thank you for visiting, and I hope you have a great week of preparing for the holiday season!

-S

Mandala time!

I love to create, and right now I love to create illustrations. I use autodesk sketchbook to draw with a stylus and I find so much enjoyment in the activity.

I created a mini colouring book for adults called “Mad About Mandalas” that features blank mandala designs that can be printed and coloured in. I think that colouring for adults can be a great way to practice mindfulness and meditation. I will upload the book soon, but for now, here is a free mandala designs that you can print out and have fun with.

Mandala blank for adult colouring
Mandala blank for adult colouring

If you want something more than a geometric design, here are two blank portrait sketches I completed last week for clients.

Bobby newberry sketch
Bobby newberry sketch
Dominican Joey sketch for adult colouring
Dominican Joey sketch for adult colouring

Feel free to print the designs and colour them for a mindful break and to bring relaxation to your day.

Thanks for stopping by,

S

Portrait illustrations

My latest illustrations have improved from earlier work.

Colour illustration cartoon man holding chin simple vector
Simple colour cartoon illustration

This quick sketch came out like a simple logo. The line work is incomplete, and I had some problems with the source image. I found it difficult to see the small details, and as a result, details like the nose and line work for the ears are missing. There is a bit of shading, but the work is generally plain.

Pixie hair brunette illustration of a woman with sunglasses
Pixie hair brunette illustration of a woman with sunglasses

This illustration is similar in its simplicity, but is more finished that the previous one. The source image was a woman with a cute pixie hairstyle. I really like how her hair turned out, as I was not sure, at the beginning, that I would have been able to capture the style properly.

As I develop my illustration style, I prefer to draw sunglasses as reflective glasses. I like to use artistic licence for sunglasses because it gives a “grand theft auto” vibe that looks really cool, as opposed to copying the source image exactly.

Highlights illustration of Arabic woman from Instagram
Highlights illustration of Arabic woman from Instagram

This next illustration is shows a turning point in the general complexity of my work. I have added some basic highlights to the portrait to convey a light source from the top of the subject’s head. The highlights are a slight improvement because they make the image look less like a flat 2D cartoon.

Stephanie Konu illustration black woma blowing kiss cartoon
Stephanie Konu illustration black woma blowing kiss cartoon

Here we see a technique that is farther along than the others. The source image is a photo of myself. Some details are missing, but the important change is the use of highlights and shading to capture facial features that cannot be expressed with black outlines (aka line work). Notice how the bridge of the nose is shown with a shaded line that is slightly darker than the skin tone.

It is fascinating how much shading and highlights add depth to an otherwise flat 2D image. I find so much enjoyment in this activity! Using Autodesk for illustration allows me to be creative without the messiness of painting in acrylic (although I still love painting).

Thank you for stopping by to see what I have been working on. I am looking forward to showing you what comes out next!

S

New video available

Greetings!

I was having fun with my video camera and shot this video the other day. I took the content from one of my blog postings and simply read it to the camera. Windows Media Movie Maker allowed me to easily insert photos and edit clips to make a video. It is posted on YouTube, so my style is much flirtier than usual. It was fun and I think I will continue to make videos that showcase my art.

I also decided to hide most of my face. I know what you might be thinking: yep, still bashful. I’m working on being more mentally present in each moment so that I can face whatever fear is causing it. Until I figure it out, it’s half off.

 

Thanks for stopping by,

-S

Gold relief painting in acrylic

My latest work is an acrylic relief painting that is heavy in texture. There is so much texture that my work is part sculpture, as the object emerges from the canvas surface.

An acrylic texture relief painting Epsilon in gold texture with black background. Saturn like ring around planet.

The concept follows the theme of my last few pieces; which is to show singular symbols against a black background. As the golden image floats through the darkness, it is representative of an echo from unknown depths coming outward. I say “echo” because it is difficult to determine what becomes of a feeling or thought once it is released into the universe. Perhaps on some level (collective consciousness, spiritual, or what have you), we communicate with symbols that carry deep personal meanings.

An acrylic texture relief painting Epsilon in gold texture with black backgroundAn acrylic texture relief painting Epsilon in gold texture with black background

Upon looking closer, one can detect the relief caused by the use of texture. Using my palate knife, I sculpted the division of the planet’s rings from the body of the sphere. It was also difficult to make a decision as to whether or not it was proper to paint black lines to further divide the rings from the planet.

An acrylic texture relief painting Epsilon in gold texture with black background

If I could change anything about this piece, it would be the unevenness caused by the division of the planet’s ring against the sphere body of the planet. I find it distracting.

When naming this piece, I wanted to avoid the obvious choice by calling it “Saturn”. To accomplish this, I researched other planets in our solar system with rings and learned that the planet Uranus has rings! The brightest of the 13 rings of Uranus is named Epsilon, and so voila!; the name of this golden planetoid painting was chosen.

An acrylic texture relief painting Epsilon in gold texture with black background Saturn ring planet

This last shot is altered; brightness levels have been reduced, while contrast has been increased. This allows the blackness of the background to really offset the gold multi faceted sphere surface and it’s rings.

This design is also available on many items printed on demand at www.spacearttshirts.com. Thank you for stopping by.

-S

Epsilon 3D Pattern Canvas Gallery Wrap Print

 

gold saturn like planets in a 3D pattern against a black background
Epsilon Gallery wrapped canvas print

Current price: $25 CDN with free shipping to Canada and the United States.

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This piece is inspired by the little known rings of Uranus. Discovered in 1977 by scientists Elliot, Dunham, and Mink; the planet Uranus has a system of 13 rings. The brightest ring is known as Epsilon. A perfect addition to every room! This standard canvas is a finely textured artist-grade cotton substrate which consistently reproduces image details with outstanding clarity and detail.

.: Printed on a natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% Cotton fabric with 400gsm standard
.: Wooden frame made from wooden stretcher pieces to improve the tension of the canvas after the printing
.: High image quality and detail ensures that the canvas will live for generations
.: For indoor use; pre-installed hanging hardware is built into the frame.
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Images of original artwork.

Thank you for stopping by and for supporting Canadian artists.

-S