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Bajadera (fashion illustration of the day/ modna ilustracija dana)

I can't, for the life of me, remember the runaway look that was the inspiration behind this fashion illustration of mine. I admit, I forgot it. Often I drew from my head, but I'm pretty sure this one was inspired by a particular runaway gown, I just can't remember what that look was. If I manage to remember it, I will let you know. The medium is watercolour (and pencil) on paper. I made it on the same day I made most of the illustrations I've been posting lately, for example those shown in this post  or this one. My energy levels must have been pretty decent that day. 

Later on, I did play a bit with this illustration and experimented with collage, as you will see if you scroll down. For the collage I used wraps from one very popular Croatian candy called Bajadera. It is always good to recycle, right? Croatia has a wickedly delicious chocolate industry and let me tell you, sometimes the temptation to indulge in all those amazing chocolate brands is nearly impossible to fight. There are a lot of Croatian traditional candies and sweets that I absolutely adore, but for health reasons, I try to stay away from them. It is not a good idea to eat a lot of sweets and sugar if you have an immune/incurable/ chronic disease like I do. 

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haljina od bajadere #bajadera #omotbajadere #modnailustracija #akvarel #watercolour

Year 2017 is slowly coming to its end. It means a lot of us will be putting ourselves into a meditative mood. What did I learn this year? - It will surely be the question many of us will ask ourselves. And why not? It is good to take a moment and revaluate our choices. A bit soul-searching never killed anyone. Hopefully, I did learn a thing or two. The first thing that comes to my mind as a lesson learned is, ironically, that I should use my mind a bit more often. That it doesn’t matter how smart you are if you are stupid enough to let your heart decide everything. Not that we shouldn’t sometimes listen to our hearts. But we shouldn’t listen to them all the time. In matters of the heart, the head gets no saying. Perhaps in the matters of the mind, the heart shouldn’t get a saying either? There are situations when it is best to think with a cold head. There are times when we must let our mind do its job. We have brains for a reason. True, often they can get in the way. True, sometimes we must rely on our gut feeling. Logic is not an answer to everything. As our beloved Spock used to say: Logic is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom. I guess what I’m trying to say is that maybe, just maybe, it is all about finding balance. 

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  1. Bellissima illustrazione Ivana, il modello dell'abito è molto bello e, a giudicare dal colore e dal taglio credo he quello a cui ti sei ispirata faccia parte delle collezioni primavera-estate 2016...
    In ogni caso non ha importanza, tanto se un'abito è bello, è bello e basta a prescindere dalla fonte di ispirazione, ti pare?
    Il collage è molto originale, ma secondo me è un paccato coprire un così bel disegno! :)
    Ti auguro un meraviglioso anno nuovo, tesoro!

  2. What a great idea. Gorgeous as always!

  3. You are gifted with a hufe talent,
    Love this illustration.

    take a look at my BLOG and also INSTAGRAM

  4. Oh that's a beautiful dress, wherever you got the inspiration from! It's nice to see the reuse of the chocolate wrappers too! It would be fun to make more designs from this, fun way to use something you'd normally discard.

    I'm so pleased I dropped by and saw you were blogging again! Hope you are well and you had a wonderful Christmas and are having a great week! It's hard to believe there are just a few days left in 2017! A happy new year to you.

    Away From The Blue Blog

  5. Hi, Ivana! <3 It was good to hear from you! I appreciated it, thank you! Beautiful illustrations, by the way. I hope to be able to sketch that well, someday. I have a drawing book that I haven't even had a chance to open and study. Ugh. Never any time. One day. :P

    - Anna

  6. Very nice! The dress with the golden wrappings are fun and creative. I hope you have a fantastic 2018, wishing you peace, and happiness.

  7. I love the golden wrappings and how artsy they look, almost can imagine the dress with these, I hear mathematical figures will be trendy this year :D
    As for the heart mind issue I know what you mean. I always make this mistake, since my heart is much more stronger than my mind, I am so weak when it comes to realing on your brain and trying to think cold blooded, especially when it comes to men :D Otherwise I'm good :D

  8. oh my, this dress looks so beautiful - i wished i could wear it!!! specially i LOVE the colour of that dress - rose tone, so wonderful stylish!!!

    i like all your lines after "What did I learn this year?" - this is a very nice look on your life. i´m very thankful for sharing this!!!



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