Animals Watercolor Illustration – Horses

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Watercolor Pencils Coloring Animals Horses illustration Irina Sztukowski

This illustration was created in preparation for a new Coloring and Activity book about horses. It is important for me to draw and paint animals in the nature, free and happy. I chose the realistic style for the landscapes and somewhat symbolic style for other illustrations that will be in this book. In this particular painting the contrast of the fall forest and evening sun adds lively three dementional look to the whole scene.

Coloring And Activity Book – Horses

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Horses Coloring & Activity Book is published worldwide. Amazon makes it incredibly easy for customers from different countries to be able to order the books online.

Coloring Activity Book about Horses

Coloring Book about Horses

When I was working on the illustrations for this book I wanted to make it suitable for all ages. As I previously mentioned, children have very little fear when it comes to coloring. They grab the brush or pencil and start creating. Adults, on another hand, sometimes hesitate before jumping into to the creative process. So, my book has two kinds of drawings in it. I placed a dozen of farm scenes and horses in the natures in quite realistic style. But another dozen of drawings were created from my childhood memories about Merry-Go-Round carousel. The horses are imaginary; but they do not follow the carousel circle in my book. They are surrounded by hearts. Yes, right in the middle of this coloring book creation about horses, the very same horses didn’t want to be “attached” to the carousel; instead, they wanted to do what they LOVE to do, run happy. So, the heart symbols came into my book as simple as could be. And I am so happy it did. Now I can certainly test the colors on the horse drawings and hearts. I love to work with pencil and dry-on-dry technique with slight watercolor touch:

Horse In The Heart Drawing and Watercolor

Horse In The Heart Drawing and Watercolor

The two kinds of drawings for coloring in this book are placed one after another in order to keep a nice entertaining flow such mix of complex and easy. And some of the complex drawings actually derived from my watercolor paintings of the horses. Here is a good example, the horse on the farm:

Horse On The Farm Watercolor Painting

Horse On The Farm Watercolor Painting

I’ve met this cute little girl when traveling to the state of Washington. She was a pet horse at the small ranch on Columbia River Gorge. And she became one of my models not only for the watercolor painting but as well for the drawing in this book:

Horse On The Farm Ink Drawing

Horse On The Farm Ink Drawing

It was so much fun to come back to my memories of traveling and drawing the horses.

Another great example on the subject was a landscape from my other travels, this time to the state of Virginia. A beautiful mountain ranch right in the middle of National Forest got my full attention. This time I first drew the landscape and then colored it with watercolor pencils:

Landscape With Mountains And Horses

Landscape With Mountains And Horses

Colored Landscape With Mountains And Horses

Colored Landscape With Mountains And Horses

When book was almost finished, I kept thinking how to make it more interesting for my art collectors and co-creators who will color the drawings. And I came up with few more ideas by adding several pages of other activities such Connect The Dots and Help the Horse Find The Barn:

Connect The Dots Horse Drawing

Connect The Dots Horse Drawing

Activity Page With Maze Horse And Barn

Activity Page With Maze Horse And Barn

Those little puzzles will keep whole family entertained!

The book is now ready to meet with its co-creators who are not afraid to color, play, and have fun 🙂

Coloring & Activity Book About Horses


Russian Salad – Editorial Illustration – Recipe Book – Page 7

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page of Russian Salad Recipe with editorial illustration
This is Page #7 of my baby-book Ten Russian Salads – A recipe for a Creative Chef. This book has dozen of pages with my editorial illustrations. In order to make these illustrations, I had to paint each of them in watercolor, and after that I had to organize them all, one page at the time, adding descriptions of each salad to each page. 

Every day before Christmas, as a gift to my followers, I am posting one page of this book (from p.10 to p.1).

If you want to add something new from a creative chef, please feel free to use the recipes from this book of mine. 


More Watercolor Food Illustrations are in this gallery:

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The book 10 Russian Salads Recipes For A Creative Chef is written by Irina Sztukowski in unusual to a recipe book presentation. It is a collection of her Family recipes, a visual guide that allows readers to use their imagination. There are no particular measurements in comparison to a common recipe book. Person can follow the guidelines, but make the salads to the taste; e.g. add more oil, reduce the mayo, or substitute sour cream with any other sauce. Use salt! Don’t use salt! Enhance with favorite veggies. Spice it up!
The previous post on these editorial illustrations book is here:

Editorial Illustrations in Watercolor – Farmers Market Theme

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watercolor watercolour by Irina Sztukowski
It is easy to be creative when you have pencil, brush, and watercolor right at your side. It was even easier for me after I visited our local farmers market and fresh idea popped into my head as fresh as their vegetables and fruits there.

I decided to imply my artist’s skills into editorial illustration design; and, I created this cute alphabet made of healthy and delicious veggies.

All of them, by the way are my favorite to eat.

First I’ve created three letters:
Peppery A
Beet – ery B
and Super Cute Bell Pepper – C:
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The rest of the letters were just popping and popping for those  watercolor editorial illustrations as if they were waiting for me on the shelves of Farmers Market booths.

Having three very affordable farmers markets nearby, I created this sign that is quite important these days to support the local communities:
watercolour letters alphabet vegetables theme
Then, one customer of mine asked me to create LOVE TO EAT sign for her kitchen decor. She ordered it on my illustrator website Irina Sztukowski Editorial Illustrations 
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And I was delighted to create another editorial illustration, Farmers Market, made of sweet radishes, cucumbers, beans, and celery 🙂
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For vegan foods lovers, I’ve created a sign:
watercolor illustrations of veggies healthy food
Basically, I’ve created whole alphabet and made it  possible for customers to order their own signs whatever they feel would look great at their Farmers Market booth, newspaper or magazine articles, cafe or restaurant decor; or, even in the kitchen interior: 
Cute watercolour alphabet artist Illustrator
All those signs and a cute alphabet for editorial illustrations are in my Food Illustrations Gallery.

Another article on Editorial Illustrations is here:

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Delicious Still Life Paintings – Decorative and Classic

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Here are some fruits of my labor. For the last month or so I was working on watercolor paintings for one European company. The original illustrations will be used for new line of yogurt products. When the products are on the shelves of the stores, I will definitely share the photos.

But this post presents some new decorative artworks with those delicious fruits and more. I was fortunate to have an opportunity to paint also sweets this time. The still life with Chocolate and Caramel shows two of my guilty pleasures in one artwork. 

Also my recent paintings include Pear Still Life, Still Life With Plums, and Hazelnut watercolor artwork:
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The still life paintings above are created in decorative manner. The background is more semi-realistic and these paintings are unified with one particular stile, where I mixed up the realistic approach with “washed off” background.

Versus, for example,  collection of my classical still life paintings, where you can see that each detail of the background is organically fits into a Classic Old Masters approach:
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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:

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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. 

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