Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Open Hearts Big Dreams Project Book Illustration

Book illustration for children Small Black girl reading

This year I am participating in Open Hearts Big Dreams project. It is non-profit organization that helps Ethiopian children learn how to read in English and their native languages. 

Artists around the U.S. of all ages, from school students to life long students, bring their talents together and organize incredible art into fun, educational books that talk about life in Ethiopia and day-to-day activities. 

I am painting two illustrations that will be included in these children books.

This watercolor illustration is about a little girl in urban Ethiopia, who learns how to read. She is involved in the story. The sun is shining through the window. But the girl doesn't notice anything around. She is carefully repeating words. She is learning. She is excited. She has a whole bright future in front of her. 

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Orange Watercolor Illustrations On Marmalade Labels And Packaging

Fruitfield Marmalade Orange Watercolor Realistic illustrations by Irina Sztukowski

Several month ago I worked on commission painting delicious oranges in watercolour for a large client, Fruitfield Company. And now those illustrations are in production on the labels and packaging designs and in the stores all over UK. 

I am very happy how vibrant and sweet my watercolor illustrations look on those jars. And it is wonderful to learn that these particular marmalade products have only fruit itself inside:

  • Sweetened with fruit juice
  • 100% from fruit
  • No added sugar
  • Gluten free
  • Free from artificial sweeteners
  • Suitable for vegetarians

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Grotto Emeraldo Amalfi Coast Italy Watercolor Painting

Watercolor Painting of Amalfi Coast Italy Grotto Emeraldo by the artist Irina Sztukowski

This painting was an inspiration after visiting Italy a few years ago. Amalfi Coast is gorgeous with its diversified culture and thousand years of history. But what really impressed me from driving along the Mediterranean seashore was monumental rocks and truly amazing colors of water. 

This particular painting is about a safe harbor of Grotto Emeraldo, where a few clever Italian sailors opened mini-attraction for tourists. They put you on a little boat and roll you into a gorgeous secluded grotto with just a few lights coming from outside. But even those little lights are enough to see glowing emerald of water created by Nature. 

Truly beautiful place! 

When I painted this watercolor, I used mixes of six shades of blue: cyan blue, ultramarine blue, thalo blue, blue purple, and vivid purple; and, for the emerald effect I used two different greens. The complexity of the water yet a flowing liquid effect that watercolor offers was in contrast with dry-brush effect of the nearby rocks. 

And if to place this painting print into a white frame, everyone can have a mystical window into that beautiful watercolor seascape in their interior decor:

Grotto Emeraldo watercolor painting framed in interior decor

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Open Hearts Big Dreams Project Book Illustration

This year I am participating in Open Hearts Big Dreams project. It is non-profit organization that helps Ethiopian children learn how...