Hemp Leaf Watercolour Illustration

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Painting Hemp Leaf watercolour illustration for my clients for packaging design of edible products:


Watercolor Poppy Flower in Interior Decor

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Today I want to say thank you to the DesignersPrint Company for ordering a nice large wooden print of Orange California Poppy for an interior decor for their clients!

This artwork looks great by its simplicity and bright warm colors.

Many Thanks!

Prints of thousands of designs on canvas, paper, wood, metal and acrylic board are HERE




Watercolor Editorial Illustration Publication Update

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Spring In The Mountains Watercolour Editorial Illustration by Irina Sztukowski
Spring In The Mountains Watercolor Editorial Illustration by Irina Sztukowski 
Only a few months left before my Spring In The Mountains painting will be published in a new book by Linea Editorial company

I wrote about this in my previous post:

Painting For Publishing For A New Art Book

I also mentioned about this painting in the post about one art show:
Feeling Blue In Naperville, IL

It does take a long time to see an editorial illustration in publication. The process of the publishing involves not only artist’s painting, but the work of whole team of editors, signing contracts, finalizing details.

I am blessed that this artwork was editorial choice; and soon, it will be on pages of a great book. I am also glad that I have an opportunity to paint editorial illustrations for different publications such magazines, books, and newspapers. 
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Watercolor Animals – Editorial Illustrations Types

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Watercolour Artist Illustrator Mare and Foal at sunrise

What is exactly an editorial illustration? Historically, this kind of work came from vintage magazines and at the beginning was pretty much for advertising, for social and political satire, or funny cartoons. Nowadays, when the printed and online media expanded dramatically, editorial illustration as well extended way beyond the world of politics or simple cartoons. Online or paper newspapers and magazines post & print illustrations together with their articles to highlight a conceptual element to engage their readers. 

In my example above, the editorial illustration of two horses, mare and foal, can represent an article in either Farmers Market booklet, accompany text of natural history magazine, or be a good editorial addition to an article on motherhood and raising children in parenting newspaper. 

Next example can serve as an editorial illustration for children’s periodicals or book for kids. This cute mouse is caught in action preparing for a long winter, building a nest; or hiding its home from the wild cats:

Watercolour Artist Illustrator for children media

And the full realistic paintings of two Chameleons, one just a baby and another is quite sneaky an clever one, they tell their stories as well; and, certainly, would look amazing next to an article about behavior of these amazing cold-blooded reptiles:

Watercolour Artist Illustrator
Watercolour for Natural magazine and newspaper
So, to conclude, editorial illustrations of animals can certainly touch the hearts of different media readers, enhancing the text and providing educational input and humor. 

More on editorial illustrations:

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Children Book Illustrations

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I am so glad that I had an opportunity to illustrate a book for children 

Bernard Goes To Music School

It was fun to try the Artist Illustrator hat once again:

I posted many illustrations and stories about their creations on my blog; all of the illustrations are collected in a special
devoted only to books illustrations.

And now, I am happy to announce that the book is not only available on Amazon, but as well it is in several libraries around the U.S.

Grand Rapids, state of Michigan:

Martinez, state of California:
Lake Worth, state of Florida:

Walnut Creek, state of California:

Palm Springs, state of Florida:
It is so wonderful that many people can read this book to their kids and I am proud that my illustrations are in this book! 

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Funny Teddy Bears – Children Book Illustrations

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Children Book illustrtor
When I was asked to paint the illustrations with Teddy Bears for the book Bernard Goes To Music School, there was important trait to follow. The little Teddies had to be painted in accordance with the children songs. The one above was a prototype of “Ten In The Bed” about the cute brothers Teddy Bears that rolled over in the bed. And even though, I painted only five of them, peacefully sleeping in the bed, one was already “rolled over” without even noticing that! I wanted to make this illustration as fun as could be telling the story in the motion of the silly bears.

The next few illustrations that I pained with Teddy Bears was the one in the music class. This one contained a special rhythm of different motions and counts.  

Teddy Bear Walks, Walks, Walks, Walks!
Teddy Bear Runs, Runs, Runs!
etc. etc.

These types of illustrations have great interactive qualities. Children can play with parents while reading the book. They can definitely follow the protagonist Bernard and clap their hands together with his classmates.

Fun Fun Teddy Bears!

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For those who is reading my blog for the first time, here is a little info on the book:

The book is called Bernard Goes To Music School, written by Connie Du. You can find this book on Amazon. Just type Irina Sztukowski in the search window or copy and insert this link into the browser
The author’s note:
Bernard, a little boy, has gone to music school to start a musical journey that is about to change him profoundly in many ways… Initially he has difficulty singing those strange funny music notes and he often feels shy around people. He and other kids receive music training from Mrs. Tania, a lovable music teacher, who inspires him to sing and love music. He needs to practice countless times before he can overcome his shyness and sing beautifully in class. He learns a lot, has a lot of fun and makes friends in his music class but his achievements wouldn’t be possible without the unfailing love and encouragement from his parents throughout the journey. At the end of this story Bernard is not so shy anymore and he really enjoys being with his friends in music school! Music is a wonderful thing that can work magic on our children. (Connie Du)
ISBN-10: 1523864753
ISBN-13: 9781523864751