Woodless Watercolor Pencils At Work

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Cretacolor Monolith Woodless Watercolor Pencils

Exciting moment of un-boxing: I’ve ordered new watercolors, which are presented in the form of wood-less pencils ( Cretacolor Aqua Monolith ) . So basically, artist holds the watercolor in the hand, applies it as pencils would apply, and then can brush the painting with the wet brush. I bought those pencils to try and I love them .

Today I tested them for coloring the page from my new Horses Book

Coloring & Activity Book About Horses

Watercolour Food Illustration – On Packaging – Burger

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My realistic watercolour of Burger is on packaging design:

Watercolor Watercolour Food Illustrations On Packaging artist Illustrator Irina Sztukowski

Watercolor Food Illustrations On Packaging. Watercolor Realism by the artist Illustrator Irina Sztukowski

Visit http://sztukowski.art/ to see full Portfolio and Contact the artist to provide a quote for a commission artwork.


Watercolour Food Illustration – Burger

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Today I am painting burger with soy paddies in watercolor. My clients asked me to make it look realistic:

Watercolour Illustration Of Burger in Realistic Style by Irina Sztukowski

Watercolour Illustration Of Burger in Realistic Style by Irina Sztukowski


Horses Coloring Book – Ready to Color

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I just received my Coloring & Activity Book about Horses, the proof copy, in the mail. Ready to give it some test with my art tools:

Coloring Book About Horses Activity for Children_Adults.jpg

and here is a quick tour into inside of the book:

The book is available HERE


Vanilla Watercolour Illustration On Packaging

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It is always so great to see my watercolour illustrations on packaging designs. This watercolor of vanilla I’ve painted for my client a while ago. And now the product is on the shelves of the stores in Europe:

Watercolour Illustration of Vanilla On SKYR Packaging

Watercolour Illustration of Vanilla On SKYR Packaging



Watercolour Food Illustration – Fennel

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Today I am painting watercolor food illustration of Fennel for my client. The fresh green stalks with the round juicy root system:

Watercolour Fenel Illustration Food Watercolour

Watercolour Fennel Illustration Watercolour – Food

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


Watercolor Horse For A Book

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I created this watercolor and ink painting for a cover of the new coloring book on horses. The drawing will be included in the book; and, customers who purchased this book will be able to use their imagination when coloring 🙂

Horse Painting Watercolor And Ink

And here is a sneak peek to a Cover Page of this coloring and activity book:

Horses Coloring and Activity Book


Horse Painting Watercolor And Ink

Book About Horses

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I continue working on the coloring book about horses. This book will be devoted to adults and children as it will have complex and easy drawings to color as well as fun activity pages. The back cover is completed:

Coloring Book About Horses back cover

Coloring & Activity Book About Horses

and here a few examples of drawing with landscapes:

Coloring Book About Horses Landscape Drawings

Coloring Book About Horses

Some drawings of horses are quite simple, some more detailed. I was thinking about Mary-Go-Round theme, but wanted to avoid the bars that hold the horses into the place. Instead I drew cute hearts and placed horses near them. Here is an example that is going to be in the book:

Horse And Heart Coloring Book About Horses

Coloring Book About Horses

It is so much fun to create a book, I am using my drawing skill, testing painting and color, and my imagination goes wild! Love it! Love it! <3 IT !!!

The book will be published through my Book Store on Amazon

A Watercolor A Day Book

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It is the most precious moment to see my editorial illustration in a book. This new book – A Watercolour A Day that was written by Oscar Asensio was published by PromoPress just a few days ago. It has 365 helpful tips on watercolor technique and hundreds of paintings by famous artists who excelled in this medium. I am very happy to be invited to participate in this publication. The editors chose my artwork Spring In The Mountains as an example of watercolor dry-on-dry textured painting.A Watercolour A Day book with Irina Sztukowski painting and editorial illustration

I am holding right now my own paperback copy that publishing agency just sent me. It is a precious gift of colors, techniques, beautiful artworks examples. I love the idea that author and editors explored not only diverse approaches, but as well they invited artists from all over the world to participate in this publication.

It makes this book so universally understandable, and lovely to read. The paintings are amazing. Love every page of this, and hope that more books like that will see public that certainly appreciates the story, easy presentation of a complex subject.

The description of the book explains it all:

Discover the great pleasure and fun of watercoloring with this great tutorial that reveals the techniques to master this medium and bring your creativity to the top, whether you have some expertise or are an amateur watercolorist.

Day by day through a whole year, A Watercolour a Day provides fun tips and useful methods that will show you how to play with shadows and lights and layer glazes to produce your own beautiful hues, create textures, and enhance particular features. This book opens the door to a new way of observing your surroundings and enjoying art and life, making the most of every moment. By the end of this book, you will have incorporated watercoloring into your daily life, and you will be well-equipped to start using these techniques in your portraits, landscapes, interiors, still lives, or abstract patterns and will feel completely at ease designing compositions and painting in situ.

Oscar Asensio is an experienced editor specializing in architecture and interior, industrial, and furniture design as well as healthy living, beauty, and fine art books. He has worked for a wide number of international publishers and his books have been translated into many languages.

The book is available on Amazon