Sunday, March 28, 2010

false cherry of Cambridge


Prunus pseudocerasus cantabrigiensis, woul you believe it. meaning something like "false cherry of Cambridge". blooming today in University botanic garden of(surprise!) Cambridge.

I don't know, maybe it's not that strange, the garden is old, there must be a few plants that originate there (I even found a reference to an article dedicated to such plants). But it definitely was a surprise to read this name on a little plaque.

Saturday, March 27, 2010



for somebody who's working with picture stocks, I am very slow reacting to seasonal events - good time for making Easter eggs pictures was about half a year earlier. but I've only just learned how to stretch a design over a 3d shape, so - here they are


you can zoom in at fotolia by click on the image

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Blue triangle butterfly


several versions of vector illustration of Graphium sarpedon butterfly ("blue triangle") overlayed with old paper texture.

I am still very new to the adobe illustrator, but I like it :)

color version of white can be seen here

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

apple day


was spraying some water on a cotton shirt (to avoid ironing, you know), and sprayed some on this apple. I do realize it's not too original (to put it mildly) - there are millions of wet apple pics out there, bu I guess I just like waterdrops

Sunday, March 14, 2010

jade vine


Jade vine is in bloom in Cambridge botanic gardens, so if you are at all interested - it's good time for a visit. One of the strangest-colored plants I've ever seen

Friday, March 12, 2010



Friendsfeed at livejournal brought me an absolutely delightful online drawing tool called harmony -
(if server is not working, it's because everybody's passing on this link, just wait for a bit).

I freely admit that I spent unreasonable amount of time drawing things. Shame it doesn't allow to save a hi-res image, but never mind the usefulness, eh

Having a graphic tablet helps, but mouse's good too.


Saturday, March 06, 2010

drawing hair


had a go at drawing hair in illustrator. doesn't really work, but then, what with being green, those hair probably had no chance on being convincing anyway. face is more or less modelled on Timur's (compare with )this picture), although proportions changed to make it less child-like

I think I did a lot better with drawing hair with watercolor. Still, I am quite pleased

full frame at fotolia

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

chinese pears


apparently, more'n one type of fruit is called "chinese pears", this one is Ya pear, or "Duck pear", because of the shape.

They look beautiiful when freshly out of packaging, but bruise and darken amazingly easily