Thursday, 23 December 2010

The Walk


I was very inspired yesterday and did this drawing, I worked very intense and were listening to Secondhand Serenade - Something more:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CC1wyTh7ARw
It kind of sums up a bit what I wanted to express with this drawing. How you sometimes go through life wondering if you are on the right path and if there is more to life.

I wanted it to be in line with my The Sad Angel from 2008, with the simple wings and very few colours.

Ref: http://storms-stock.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=120#/d2tlw8o
Monday, 13 December 2010

Moving mess and stripes

I'm not very much on here lately due to the move. We are still in so much moving mess but slowly getting everything in order. During the weekend we painted one of our living rooms, a light grey. Next up is our second living room - dinner room - pretty cool to have such a one :) it's going to be a bit Victorian style, with striped walls on the lower part combined with red or purple on the top area, we haven't decided yet actually. We lent a book with stripes Saturday to see which would go well with the room.
What do you think looks better? I am more towards the purple whereas my love is into the dark red.


Moving mess:


The view when we still had lots of snow here:
Thursday, 9 December 2010

Paint my heart


This is an old drawing by now as I did it as the secret drawing of my calendar for 2011. I almost forgot I hadn't added it yet.
She's made with charcoal and I used my beautiful friend Andy as model for me. We did the photo shoot for the drawing in spring this year, tells how long ago this drawing was.
I hope you like it.

It's about how you would portray your heart... and for me I feel it's just the beginning.
Friday, 3 December 2010

Big update - Gifts, Drawings and Moving

Hi Everyone, it's been a while since I was able to update. I am in the middle of the move this week and there has been so so much already. Already I am tired of moving but Saturday it will all be over and we can start unpacking and get everything in it's place - I can hardly wait! I hope you are all doing well and enjoying December. I can't believe it will be Christmas so soon.

I managed to finish off a few new drawings; pinups:
Ms. Santa:

Merry Christmas Pinup:


I have a Give-Away at the FB site, you can see how to participate here:
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Monday, 29 November 2010

The Keys to our new home + Wip

Tomorrow evening we are finally picking up the keys for our new apartment, after 3 months of waiting. I'm so exited... our very own home. We've both been talking to so much about it and when the day would come we'd finally be moving in. I just can't wait to get our stuff in there this week and get started decorating and everything. It will be such a change and quite exiting. I've bought so many things the past year, which has been unpacked due to us knowing we had to move. I just never pictured we'd get such a perfect place.
We'll be painting some of the rooms. We plan to have a Victorian/Gothic styles living room. We have 2 - one will be neutral as it's our working space and the other one will be dark red and with a mix of white/black stripes. Of course there will be lots of other details completing it. It will just be so awesome if we manage to do it all as we want it. It will probably take some time but we are both so into it it will be so much fun.

I've been working on commissions most of last week and today I started my Christmas gift for my sister, her little girl as a snow girl. She's been talking about this drawing for almost a year and I've been trying to make it sound like I wasn't planning to draw it or anything, so I certainly hope it worked and she will be surprised :)
I took the reference photo for the drawing last year when they were visiting, my niece is such a little poser - I love it.
I hope to complete it one of these days as in a day we'll be using all day the following week moving stuff to our new apartment, and I want to make sure it's ready for Christmas.
Thursday, 25 November 2010

Time


Time takes away the ones you love
Time heals your wounds

This started out as a drawing with a slightly different meaning but as I was in the process of it when my dad got hospitalized it kind of gave a different meaning to the piece. With time we can lose the ones we care about, whether it be family or friends (not always to death) but time seems to heal some of the lost feelings as well. I think time is fascinating in the way that time never feels the same. Sometimes time is too slow and sometimes time goes too fast.

As you can see I am very much using my eraser pencil, meaning I draw blond hair again. She originally was to have darker hair but I guess the lighter hair can have a symbolic meaning as well when we speak of time.

29.7x21cm, charcoal.

Modelled after the unique looking Helene from my forum: link (3rd post)
Monday, 22 November 2010

2011 Calendar Photos

Finally I received my calendar in print, waited too long for it to arrive but now that I got it - I got to show it!:)


It's available through my webshop, where you can also read more info and see which drawings are featured.

The price is 19.95$ + 10$ in shipping. Sadly we pay way too much for shipping in Denmark.

LINK
Sunday, 21 November 2010

Winter Snow Drawings



I have another 2 drawings. Soft Snow I did last night as I was home alone and I really needed to get myself kick started again with my pencils, after almost 14 days of no drawing. Ice Blue Winter I did quite some time back but waited to add it till we would get closer to winter here in Denmark. And we certainly are now, seeing as we had our first snow a few days back. I didn’t get to see it myself, so I guess I still have my first snow this year awaiting. It’s always a bit special to me with the first snow of the season, it reminds me of when I moved together with my love and I got him out with me in the snow, October 3 years back. It was so beautiful with the big snowflakes and the city light, a magical moment I will never forget.
Saturday, 20 November 2010

The Feather - A dedication


I did this drawing for Nihrida, who has an amazing blog: link
It's of her beautiful cat who passed away earlier this year.
I wanted to add a bit of symbolism in it with the feather and skies. I started it when I was with my family the past weeks but completed it last evening.
Dedicated to Nihrida's kitten ♥

Created with charcoal.
21x29.7cm | 8.2x11.7"

The unimaginable

The past weeks have been rather difficult for my family. My dad was hospitalized twice the past weeks and he's not doing well. He has been sick in his legs for almost 4 years now, his wounds won't heal. Sunday the 8th of November a vein broke in his leg and he fell as a result of it. Luckily my mom was there to help him stop the bleeding until the ambulance came. Had my mom not been at home it could have ended very differently as my dad is not very mobile due to his leg issues.
He’s been in so much pain ever since. Just a few days ago he started bleeding again, the doctor suspected gangrene. He was hospitalized but luckily the first doctor made a mistake in judgment. However, seeing my dad at the hospital was horrible. He’s in so much pain and can barely walk.
It’s incredible hard watching my dad in so much pain and I feel so helpless, as I am not able to do anything at all for him. I just wish the doctors would figure out what is wrong with him and help him. I wonder how much pain one can take :/
I’ve been spending the past weeks with him and the rest of the family and finally returned home yesterday. I am left with this weird empty feeling inside, what if the unimaginable happened...
I've never had a parent this sick, in fact I haven't yet thought about the day I lose my mom and dad. It's always been so distant. You can tell me it's the way life is but I can't truly imagine my life right now without my dad. He's always been such a rock, though he suffered immensely throughout his life he's this incredible unselfish person always putting everyone else first.
Saturday, 6 November 2010

November Specials

The November Specials are online at my shop:
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-The all new mouse pads are now available for purchase
-40% off selected postcards
-3 new tubes
-Buy 1 print - get 2 (applies for ACEO's and 8x2x11.7" prints)
Friday, 5 November 2010

Chocolate and Eraser Pens



Chocolate and Eraser Pencils? Yes please.

I got an awesome packet in the mail today, from my friend in Germany, Helena. Now that's an artist's dream =) Thanks Girl.

The eraser pencils are from Faber Castell (Perfection 7056) and the best I have tried in pencil form.
Thursday, 4 November 2010

Dark Love


I was very happy when I completed Dark Love yesterday. I was afraid I would lose too much interest in it and as a result not complete it. I wanted the drawing to go in line with Lost Dreams and partly Dark Hope, with the squared floor, which I absolutely love. I want them all to have a certain mood and mystery surrounding them. They are all done in colour pencils only and it takes time and patience to work entirely in colour pencils, especially with larger areas such as the purple wall.
While I didn’t want to add the meaning behind this drawing, as I felt it would be better to leave it up to you, the viewer, I decided to do it in the end as it’s important to the piece.

It seems that when I go through something important and changing in life I create a piece to kind of symbolize it and to get it out.

My year didn’t start out too well. While I was generally happy I think I realized something important this year. Perfect is an illusion. In many years I’ve tried to create perfect in my head. Perfect in the sense that it would be as I imagined, that things would be just right and feel just right. I think last winter I realized I will never have perfect, in my life, my art, in myself, in love. While it might seem like an impossible thing to wish for I guess after many rather frustrating years filled with loss and doubts I had this idea that I was finally reaching a state of perfect. I’ve set the standards a little too high. I don’t think I believe as much in perfect anymore and that might not be a bad thing.

In love and life there are always sparkles, like a shiny heart seeming attractive, mesmerizing you. It can blind you and grab you. What can seem so attractive on the outside can be so dangerous and bring darkness to you. The surface can be scratched, some wound deeper than other. While it hurts it’s what forms you and makes you who you are.

I think doing what makes you happy and trying to accept the imperfections in yourself, your talent, and the people surrounding you will bring you the most peace.

Model, Becca. Ref: link

30x40cm |12x16"
Colour pencils, Lana Sketch Paper.

Mousepad Teaser

I couldn't resist posting a little teaser of my new mouse pads
which will be available from my own shop this weekend!=) I just got some samples today and they are beautiful and nice quality. I will post more about them in the upcoming newsletter at the shop. I really love the fact I will be able to sell them from my own shop now.
Hope you'll like them :) Oh and feel free to suggest motives, I might be able to make them available.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Halloween 2010

It's the 2nd November and Halloween is over and I am trying to catch with all the things I need to. I got so behind with everything lately. I often say this but I really could need another few hours a day!

I had a great Halloween. Saturday we celebrated. My love and I has a little pre-party before going to the Hocico concert at Forbraendingen in Denmark. It was fun as I had my best friends there. The music wasn't exactly my taste but the atmosphere is what makes these concerts so amazing, people are so into it it makes is awesome to be there.
A few pics, I went as a Fallen Angel. The blond wig didn't make it to the end of the night as it was so itchy at the end of the night:






Saturday, 30 October 2010

I can't wait


I can't wait till tomorrow, it's going to be awesome!=)
Today I've been testing makeup and necklace - I am going to be a Fallen Angel. Come tomorrow :D
What are you going to be if you celebrate it? Do you live in a country where it's much celebrated? Sadly Denmark do not have any real traditions when it comes to Halloween - I'd love to hear yours.
My love and I are going to have a little party with our closest friend before attending a concert at Forbraending in DK. I am sure it will be a great night :) It's actually going to be the last party we'll have here in our old home.

Happy Halloween guys!:)
Tuesday, 26 October 2010

You promised

... you'd never break my heart.


Charcoal, 21x29.7cm | 8x11"

Wind of change

Today's been a day filled with sunshine, a cold breeze, shopping and lots of headache at the end of the day. All in all a good day despite the last part.

My sis, her bf, niece and my mom came to Cph to shop in Ikea and I joined them. I bought the cutest little tins with stars and I found a white Christmas tree!♥ This year will be the first time we have a Christmas tree my love and I. We've wanted a less traditional tree, we could decorate with black and reddish cute stuff. I'm not a Christian really but growing up I don't remember Christmas as we didn't celebrate it for many years and I've always wanted to feel the spirit of Christmas and create my own traditions with my love and future family. The nice loving spirit I mean - not the commercial money-absorbed Christmas.

I finished this one long ago, waited over 2 months to get the courage to paint snow on with tempera instead of drawing it and in the end the result didn’t please me at all. Yay for that. Anyway, here he is finished. The model is gorgeous, very handsome and draw-able. I know - I need to draw more males.

The idea of the drawing is obvious I guess: the autumn leaves falling and the white winter taking over.

Created with colour pencils + Lana Sketching paper.
11x8 inches | 29.7x21cm

Reference from the great photographer: link
Photo used: link
Sunday, 24 October 2010

An Autumn Night


When I saw the cute photo of Robin and Selina I started drawing it right away – I just had to ^^ It’s adorable and something about the expression in Robin’s eyes and Selina’s is just perfect. I decided to go with the autumn feel and yet another moon. The drawing belongs to Robin :heart:

Robin’s photo:
link

Created with soft pastels and charcoal.
30x40cm | 12x16”

♥ Available at: link
Saturday, 23 October 2010

Close to the end Dark Love

This is the last preview before the finished drawing.

I can’t believe I got through the purple background! I think about 7-8 hours + half a colour pencil went into it and I am definitely tired or drawing purple by now.

Have a great weekend <3
Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Rainful Evening


This evening it's been raining so much. It's starting to get colder too... very autumn.

I just took this photo, the view to our backyard. In a little over a month the view will be slightly different, from the 4th floor :) I want to remember the nice moments we've had here and the fact that people didn't complain about the stairs. Soon it's back to the 4th ^^
Sunday, 17 October 2010

Dark Love in progress


I've been working on this new piece for the past 4 days. It's going to be quite dark in both drawing style and theme. The colour theme is going to be black/white/purple. I don't use these colours together too often, thought it would be a nice change.

I'm creating her with colours pencils and Lana sketch paper.

I want it to go in line with Lost Dreams, one of my most personal drawings, as well as Dark Hope. The "checkered floor" series :)

Soft Dreams Pinup


I wanted to do a very cutie cute pinup and just focus on body proportions and skin tone. I really enjoyed creating this one and am quite happy how the face turned out. It can be a little difficult when working on small faces.

Reference from private photo shoot with my model, changed up a bit. I chose this particular pose as I thought it was a bit different, loved the angle for the hands especially.

Made with colour pencils and pastels on Lana drawing paper (150g/m2).
8.2x11.7" | 21x29.7cm

Available through my shop:
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Friday, 15 October 2010

Luminance Pencils


I recently came across these colours pencils from one of my favourite brands; Caran d’Ache. Luminance Permanent colour. I have to say I love the creamy consistency of the pencil. My preferred colour pencils are Caran d‘Ache’s Supracolor watercolour pencils. The Luminance pencils are even softer than these and work great when blending with other colour pencils. I mainly work with watercolour pencils as they tend to be softer and easier to blend when used together. (I don’t use water with them though it’s possible).
The Luminance comes in a great colour range, so far I only have a couple of them due to the high price. I have pale purple tones along with the raw umber 10%, which I haven’t tried yet but imagine being perfect for lighter hair.
I strongly recommend these pencils.

I just wanted to share these with you. Have a great weekend!♥
Tuesday, 12 October 2010

A bit of love


Last weekend we went to Dyrehaven (a Danish Beautiful Park). It's been such a beautiful weather in Denmark, filled with sun and it wasn't that cold either. I really like this shot of my boyfriend and I ♥

Halloween Witch


The Halloween Witch is done. Completed with colour pencils & soft pastels.
8x11 | 21x29.7cm

Happy Halloween!:)
Monday, 11 October 2010

Sunday Photoshoot



I’ve always been rather fascinated with very contrasted photography. I love when one side is very dark, fading into the lighter side; it has something interesting to me. Not to mention these types of photographs are perfect as references for charcoal artwork :)
Here’s a few photos I took today (due to me posting in the middle of the night it would be yesterday) of my friend Anja-Amanda. While the main topic was cute pinup we did a few at the window in the end. The pinups won’t be public, but the drawings based on some of the shoots will be :)

All in all I really had a wonderful weekend, with my love and with my best friend ♥
Sunday, 10 October 2010

Ice Road Truckers - Deadliest Roads


Being a bit of a Ice Road Truckers fan, I had to see the new show Deadliest Roads, with Alex and Lisa. So far it's crazy, it's so different and definitely exiting. Have you see it? If not, you should :)
Saturday, 9 October 2010

Halloween drawing last night


Last night I stayed up really late and started a little Halloween pin-up drawing, with colour pencils. Been working on it again tonight, so far I like how it's going, it's fun using the purple and orange together. I think the drawing will be a very typical Halloween drawing but at least it's fun =)

Friday, 8 October 2010

New eraser pencil


Last week when we went shopping for art supplies I found this awesome new tool; an eraser pen in the form of a mechanical pencil. It’s probably the best buy in a long time. A few years back I had an eraser pencil, which you would sharpen like normal graphite pencils. This one has the advantage of not breaking when you try to sharpen it. I’ve only tested it briefly but so far I love it. I think it will be a perfect tool for graphite pencil drawings and I will be testing it on a drawing very soon.

The eraser pencil is from the brand Tombo, measuring 2mm in with (eraser).

Too much pink + Last time I see this

I went on with my new "autumn" design a little early as the pink blog was a little too pink, even for me. I guess a week is enough anyway :)

Yesterday we went and bought my new computer, a HP 6563sc. It has Windows 7 which means I managed to avoid Vista – yay for that. I guess it’s the last time I see this:

I have to say I loved Windows XP, it’s been so stable and great to work with. I wish I was able to keep it ^^
I’m really not good with change when it comes to my computer. I generally like to keep the old versions of everything, probably because I know everything so well after 7 years usage. Ah well, it will be good to have a computer which doesn’t freeze for 2-5 minutes at a time and can run bigger programs at the same time.

Bye bye old computer, you did well for the past 7 years =)
Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Moonlight


Originally I wanted to do this idea in colour, with the colours of Autumn and Halloween but I changed my mind last minute and did it in black and white instead. While it's not much Halloween I still think it got the feel of the Autumn, because of the darkness.
I am very happy to actually do this drawing as I've been searching for the right model and kitten, for over a year. I ended up using Nihrida: link as my reference as she did the perfect picture, thanks much to Nihrida ♥

Made with soft charcoal.
21x29.7cm | 8.2x11.7"
Sunday, 3 October 2010

Hope and Flowers


This is my second Breast Cancer Awareness drawing this years.

The drawing is dedicated to Jen who's survived breast cancer 2 times. I love the fact she started Think Pink on DA; it's for such a wonderful cause. It inspired me 4 years back to start doing my yearly drawings and sell them as prints, tubes, postcards etc to collect money for the cause. So far it's been a great success and it makes me happy as it's one of the causes I feel strongly about.

I basically wanted a serene look with a bit of vulnerability but still looking strong, with her head held high. The flowers are symbolic but I guess you can look at it and make your own thoughts.

Thanks to everyone who supports the cause ♥

Made with colour pencils and pastels on Lana drawing paper (150g/m2).
( 7.8x11.7" | 18x29.7mm)

Hope and Flowers the early stage



This is an early stage of my drawing, I always like how natural the colours look on the photographs as oppose to the scan. I wish I had a completely lifelike scanner which would be able to scan the exact colours... maybe somemeday.

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My name is Zindy S. D. Nielsen and I'm from Denmark - Europe. I own http://zindy-zone.dk; a site about my drawings, a large art community and much more.
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