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Stolac Medieval Fair (part two) / Stolačka Tarča (drugi dio)

If you missed the first part of my post, be sure to check it out here. In the first part of this post, I spoke about the medieval fair that took place last weekend in Stolac. Today I'd like to take the opportunity to show you the fortress itself. I already stressed that the views from this historical fortress are nothing short of amazing, but today I'll talk a bit about the history of this fortress. First things first, though. A few words about the Stolac city.
STOLAC - AN UNESCO PROTECTED CITY 
Stolac is located at the far east of region Herzegovina and it is a part of a touristic route. The area surrounding the present day Stolac city has been populated since prehistorical times, which only makes sense, given the natural beauty and the climate benefits of this location. 3, 500 year old material evidence of urban life were found here, so that says something of the kind of urban tradition this place can boast of. Through its rich history, many have called Stolac its home, fro…

Medieval Fair in Stolac, Bosnia and Herzegovina (part 1) / Srednjovjekovni sajam Stolačka Tarča 2018 (prvi dio)

This weekend I attended  a medieval fair in Stolac, Bosnia and Herzegovina. This beautiful city, located in Herzegovina region, hosts a medieval fair annually. This was the fourth medieval fair organized by Stolac city but it was my first visit. As far as I know, Stolac is the only city in Bosnia and Herzegovina that hosts a medieval fair of this sort. Even if there was no medieval fair, a visit to this medieval fortress would be more than worth the trip, but the medieval event certainly made things even more interesting and special. The views from the fortress were breath-taking!
The organization of this medieval fair was fantastic. The medieval fair was both educational and entertaining. There were a lot of volunteers dressed in medieval costumes. In addition, there were guests teams and lecturers from Croatia, Slovakia and Hungaria. The local volunteer actors pretending they were medieval knights,  prisoners and beggars were particularly convincing. As someone who enjoys history, …

Fashion Illustrations in Pencil + My Answer To Drawing With or Without a Reference Dilemma.

Hello everyone! How are you? Are you enjoying the weekend? I hope you are. I won't take too much of your leisure time today,  I'm just going to share with you two of my new fashion illustrations. This time the medium is pencil on paper. I used my own outfits as a reference for these two pencil fashion illustrations. Using a reference is a good way to improve one's drawing and rendering skills. On the other hand, drawing without a reference is a good way to improve one's imagination. My answer to this 'reference or no reference dilemma' is to do both. We should always find new ways to challenge ourselves, because that is how we improve our skills. 
I draw from my imagination often enough, so I figured there is no harm in using references more often. In the past, I avoided using reference because I always had so much ideas in my head that I felt like a reference would only be getting in the way, but now I realized that there are many ways to be creative. You can…

Black Maxi Dress For Spring + Visit To Bunica (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Hello darlings! My outfit proposal of the day may seem a bit unusual for Spring, but I think it works just fine. I shared this vintage maxi dress on the blog last month (here), but I'm not sure have I shared with you the story of this dress or not. So, here it goes, a family member had this dress custom made for her prom many years ago, and since she is not the same size anymore, she decided to give it to me. I've been wearing it pretty often and I think it's absolutely beautiful. I couldn't resist customizing it a bit, so I did a bit of floral embroidery  work on it. I absolutely love doing classical embroidery, but all that work with the needle is very hard on the hands as well as time consuming, so I don't do it as often as I would like to. I'm actually hoping that I'll be able to continue the embroidery floral work on this dress. Right now the part with embroidery is not that large, it's more of a cute detail, but I'll try to make it much large…

A Commissioned Painting: Grandmother, Daughter and Grandson With the Dog ( Medium: Acrylic Paints on Canvas)

As promised, today I'm sharing a commissioned family portrait, the one I have recently written about. The painting is all finished and I'm quite happy with the result. I was supposed to draw three people: grandmother, daughter and the daughter's baby (i.e the grandson).  In addition, I also needed to portray one animal and that's would be the family dog. As you can see, it is a very busy painting. Basically, it is a portrait of a grandmother, a daughter and a grandson with the family dog. I had spent a lot of time studying the photograph I was given and deciding on the proportions and the composition. Before I even started working on the painting, I had made three pencil sketches and one carbon sketch on paper. Only then did I proceed to do make a final carbon sketch on the canvas. Besides the obvious challenges, there were also many details I needed to pay attention to. The light was especially challenging. I have spent so much time doing the drapes and trying to cap…