Articles by Makarova Olga

My friend's captured dreams

I have a friend who creates wonderful worlds in her imagination and makes surrealistic oil and watercolor paintings of them. There are fantasy creatures, magic, illusions and magnificent ancient buildings, and lots of small details to interpret. My friend's paintings are like dreams one sees at night. To capture a dream... it was always what I wanted to do myself and wasn't able to.I've been a reader of Lubov's blog for a long time. I love her paintings, her bizarre worlds, her captured dreams.... continue reading

My DT story

I learned that photos and drawings can be sold through the Internet somehow about 8 years ago (I was 17 years old), don't recall any agencies of that time though. I tried my luck in microstock as soon as I managed to buy my first camera (I was 20 at the moment). I don't really remember what's my first agency was but it was not DT, I'm sure. My camera was a very simple and cheap one and photos appeared to be far from good quality, none were accepted. So I gave up and forgot about the idea I liked so... continue reading

Half of thousand

My portfolio has grown up again. Now it contains 500 images. A great number and a big milestone for me.Most of these 500 are drawings or collages, and only 56 are photos. Sales are about 70% of portfolio (according to statistics). Not bad, I think) continue reading

Drawn people

For me, people are really hard to draw. I'm no professional artist, just a mere amateur. Drawing people is a great challenge for me. I often fail, seldom succeed in it. I usually notice myself trying to avoid people in new picture's composition. Possibility of failure frightens me off.And now here comes time I'll have to face the problem... I'm on the way to publish my book, the Omnis Trilogy. Having ho money to pay the professional artist I must draw all three covers myself. I managed to avoid... continue reading

Cannibalism

Did you know most pets are cannibals? They are. I learned that while working at the pet shop. For some reason animals do not think eating others of their own species to be a crime.When I hear someone say about how bad humans are I always remind of a cute pets at the shop. We, humans, are not so bad as we think, really :) At least we try to become better. continue reading

My first Photoshop tutorial

Recently I made my first Photoshop tutorial. It is about a simple way of turning sketches into paintings.Take a look how simple pencil drawing became a magical spider tree :) Have fun)From sketch to painting continue reading

Feeling old

You know, sometimes I read of the new generation people or meet them myself - people that had never seen a floppy disc. They ask: "What's that square on the Save button?"I feel old. Ancient even))) continue reading

Pictures that do sell and do not (personal experience)

By this moment I have 242 sales, which include different types of images. There are some facts I've found...1.Artistic pictures like these above that took a great deal of time usually sell very bad (and mostly - by subscription) or don't sell at all. This is a biggest disappointment, to be sure. But there are two exceptions that brought me21$ and 18$ when others - zero or usually 0.42$2.Sketches sell surprisingly well, even when their colored variants have no sales at all.3.... continue reading

Forum for photographers and illustrators (in Russian)

There are lots of Russian-speaking people there. It would be wonderful if they had a place to gather and to discuss photo- and art-related questions in their native language. So we started a forum yesterday:There are 6 people there for that very moment, so everyone is welcome. continue reading

An important keyword

I'm mostly an illustrator and have many pencil drawings in my portfolio. They have very different subjects: from fantasy dragons to common landscapes, but it's curious that often they (despite they variety) used to be found by the same keyword - sketch - and bought then. Just a peice of advice for fellow illustrators: if you have pencil drawings in your portfolio, don't forget to add the keyword "sketch" to all of them, this simple action will bring you many sales. continue reading

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