Monday, August 22, 2016

Back to school

So my new carrier and job path has started. I am back at school and still very excited after my first week. Great introduction days. Tired and little stressed to get all planning done before the students starts. 




Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Sketchbook Journal " Lets go swimming in Tolstoy park"

This is a couple of illustrations from my sketchbook journal I made while we were in Moscow from our local park Tolstoy Park in Khimki. The park is great and has all sorts of fun entertainment for kids and adults. Playground, mini zoo, carousels, dance stage, restaurants, cafés, selling corn on the cob in every corner and a sandy beach. Team Nikolovski headed there on a very warm July day. It was very warm and sticky. Me and Mila went for a walk while we left Loren and Filip in the playground. Our plan was to check the beach out. Both me and Mila got super excited that people were in the water so we run back to tell the rest of the team to hurry up and lets go in the water a bit. I was like "we are going to beach hurry up and bring the swim-wear" and Loren replied "Are you insane!!! Who would consider going in the water in a river in MOSCOW??" and I was like "yeah but there is lots of people in the water..." and Loren started to wave hands and speak very loud the balkan way "ARE YOU CRAZY!!! OF COURSE IT IS DIRTY AND IT IS EVEN SAYING ON THIS BIG BOARD STAY OUT OF WATER etc etc etc" Yeah you can understand how stupid I felt of course I understand that brownish river water in Moscow is not for swimming but I was warm and just kind of lost my mind for a second and in that moment promised Mila a swim in there. I had to calm upset Mila down and offer her to go and pat the rabbits and camels in the mini zoo instead. 







Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Prague map


While I was going throw my Moscow studio and arranging for moving everything end of the summer I found this map of Prague which I started but never finished when we moved from there. It was indeed a very emotional move leaving a place that we all loved and with great friends around us to the unknown life of Moscow. This map illustration I was planning to have on the wall as a memory of Prague and our cool group of friends. But because of all the emotions I think I never managed to get it done back then. It is on A3 so pretty big and I will try to get it finished and framed when it will get here in Sweden.

Sketchbook journal "Where did the summer go?"



Not that I am extra keen on super hot summer weather or that I am complaining because we have had nice warm days. BUT come on it is only first few days into August and it autumn kind of fresh crisp air ( read I don't want to admit it but I have put on heating in the house during the nights...)
This illustration from my sketchbook is inspired of what summer is for me and also from one of Mila's favorite book and film character Stella. I colored the sketch while I was in Moscow with my Russian made aquarell set and the colors are very intense and strong base colors and it will take some getting use to but gives a good deep layer.