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Illustration: Childhood Inspiration

November 10, 2004 Art
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It’s quite strange where artistic inspiration emanates from, and in my case it is a tiny charcoal portrait of my young mother, which was drawn somewhere in the Soviet Union when she was a teenager. This little discarded portrait laid in our family albums for decades untouched, until one random day, I picked it up […]

Sketch: Inked Faces

December 12, 2002 Art
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A batch of quick ink sketches from my black book, which includes friends and loved ones: Tools used: Black ink.

Sketch: Sanguine Faces

February 12, 2002 Art
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Unloading a batch of my early practice sketches with the Sanguine media, which focused on human and plaster faces and some random anatomy bits. Pretty much every available family member and friend was used as a (un)willing model for this run. Tough crowd indeed: Tools used: Sanguine.

Sketch: Vusa & Kittens

July 13, 2001 Art
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There is something special about cats, these nocturnal and mysterious creatures, that frolic around their masters obliviously, flirtatious at times and rebellious the rest. I’ve never considered myself to be a cats’ person, but that changed rapidly after our family Persian cat, “Vusa”, gave birth to two shaggy kittens, for which I supervised and helped […]

Crafts: Cross-Stitching “Our Lady of Kazan”

November 16, 1999 Art
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For a guy growing up in the masculine and male-dominated mid-east, I was blessed with a tender and crafty mother. My Ukrainian mother Galina indulged in all types of crafts and hobbies, not the least of them was the traditional form of embroidery cross-stitching. Watching my Mom sit for hours, eyes peeled and focused on the […]