Articles by Olyashevchenko

Growing up together

When I started to be a contributor just a bit more than a year ago, I didn't have any clue what professional illustration is like and what I should do to create beautiful and unique picture. I didn't know how to draw people and my first attempts to make them weren't great success.Still I haven't found my and my only style in graphics although my works differ from others. But the great thing is that the quality and speed of creating my artworks are increasing day by day. It helps me in my full-... continue reading

Simple vs complex

As I do mostly illustrations, I'd like to share my ideas on this subject. When you think of an artwork or series, one of the issues you need to consider is the following:- How simple (or how complex) should my illustrtation be performed?The simpliestOf course, what can be simplier than one-colour artwork? Silhouettes and illustrations in one line look stylish and they can be well bought for T-shirts, package or souvenir design because they are cheaper to print.From simple to complex.... continue reading

Illustration: how to create fresh view on wide-spread topic

All the best-seller contributors create artworks almost at the same topics: business, holidays, shopping etc. It is understood because these topics are commercial (that's why we all are here:). But what to do if you decide to draw something extremely new on very common subject?I'll tell you my story about my horoscope series. The first step in my approach is analysis. Sometimes it takes a lot of your precious time to look through 50, 100 and sometimes 300 pages to discover all the artworks that... continue reading

How I participated in Assignments

If you paid attention to the Assignments section, you would know that almost every month there is competition to create picture (photo or illustration) on proper topic. Last time the theme was "Go green" which meant saving energy, flora and fauna caring, human actions to protect nature etc.Several days I had doubts: participate or not? Because I'm not good at competitions and I didn't think I was able to create something great. BUT! One day I thought - why not? It took me three hours to create... continue reading

Taurus: how to produce an illustration

To get inspiration an artist needs to know about the subject as much as he can. It reminds me the process of putting data in computer. Then you give a machine command to get result and it takes some time to process. You can never tell how much time human brain needs to produce result so let me save your time and give some basic information concerning zodiac sign of Taurus.Taurus is considered to be the "earth" sign. The sign is under guidance of Venus and it is believedthat people who were... continue reading

Butterfly: unique symbol

Butterrfly is an insect from lepidopterous order. It is unique because of the life cycle which contains metamorphosis from egg, then caterpillar through pupa to beautiful bright adult.That is why butterfly image became symbolic. It represents resurrection, hope and soul itself in Christianity, in China - love and joy in marriage, immortality. The Japans believe the white butterfly is a soul of died person. Also the Eastern people consider it as a symbol of transformation, change and freedom.... continue reading

5 tips to create good illustration

As the market of stock illustration is constantly growing there is the task number one for author to attract customers to his works therefore to make illustration of good quality. What is the difference between good illustration and bad? I'd like to offer several tips of creating pictures.Tip №1 Make sketchesBefore you start in order to clear your idea for yourself make a sketch using usual pencil or brush and a piece of paper. Good sketch makes good result. Then you can scan it and use it... continue reading

Stock illustration: guidelines

When a person starts to do something new, he or she always thinks that success comes at once. Let me suggest several advices for everyone who has just started and especially who continues to put soul and craft in stock illustrations.Advice №1 Be patientIt means: don’t give up if your sells are not as high as you expected. It is all about trading. If you ask any shop assistant whether his sales are the same during the year or even month or week you’ll discover there are peaks and downswings... continue reading

Sound

Sound is vibration transmitted in medium (liquid, gas or solid) and can be percepted by human and animals within certain limits by special organs. Main sound characterisitics are frequency and amplitude.Person can perceive sound in diapason from 16 Hz to 20 000 Hz. Vibration with frequency lower than 16 Hz is infrasound. Sound within limits from 20 000 Hz to 1 GHz is called ultrasound and which is higher than 1 GHz is hypersound.Dogs can percept vibrations higher than 20 kHz. Some species... continue reading

Dancing

Dance is a form of art which creates characters due to rhytmic movements.Dancing helps people express theirselves and it is strongly connected with music. Rhytms and beats are very important and helpful to create special choreographic composition and give appropriate impression to the audience.It is hard to say when exactly dances appeared but for sure all the important events in life of ancient people (birth, death, war, prayings, recovery of ill) were accompanied by ritual dancing. In Middle... continue reading

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