Wednesday, November 20, 2013

November Auction

It's that time again! The Femme Thou Art Collective is hosting it's monthly original art auction again, where you have a week-long chance at bidding on some gorgeous artworks by a small group of talented female artists. Each month a given theme is reflected upon by the group in their own style - this month it was birthstone's, and the resulting artworks will be compiled into a 2014 calendar available to purchase later.

I was paired with June - Pearl. I was instantly inspired by recollections of swimming in the sea and snorkelling trips to the Great Barrier Reef and Turkey, as well as the beautiful natural South Sea pearls I used to admire at Victoria Buckley Jewellery.

The original watercolour is available to bid on till the 25th of November

Pearl - Birthstone for June

A little visual evolution of Pearl.....

Thanks for Looking!! Happy bidding....

Thursday, August 1, 2013

All My Stars - Strychnin Berlin Exhibition

Here is my piece, "The Secret" 
Exhibited at Strychnin Gallery Berlin

For inquiries and to purchase please contact the gallery

The Secret - exhibited at Strychnin Berlin

Watercolour on Paper

Monday, July 22, 2013

Poster Prints Available

"From Dust" is still available for those interested in ordering her as an A1 sized poster-print. 

From now on all my images can be made available on this size as special canvas prints - a great new development for shows and exhibitions internationally, as they can be rolled up and posted in a tube, then unrolled on location.

For artists interested in ordering their own prints, my other-half is now able to produce large-scale prints in our printing studio, so inquiries and orders are welcome.

A bit of a size.comparison - "From Dust" printed on A1 scale VS me

"The Dead Reef" on exhibit in Central London as a hanging print.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Femme Thou Art Collective

I've been asked to be one of the members of a highly feminine Art Collective called "Femme Thou Art".

Check out my profile on the Artists Page

There is a facebook page where the collective will be hosting monthly Art Auctions, as well as featuring the works of the members. Follow for a regular feed of beautiful artworks!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Magenta and Teal

Here is a colour-coded post today with some of my recent arty projects.

Silk fabric printed with my watercolour illustrations
vintage plate with my "mousetoinette" illustration
Framed prints and canvases in my shop

My new inspirations blog:

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A1 Print Pre-Order

pre-order now

Through the London Graphics Centre "Shop Art" exhibition, my painting "For you were made from Dust" is available to pre-order for a strictly limited time only as a large-format poster-sized A1 print.

You can order your print NOW until the end of JUNE 2013. After this time Pre-Orders will CLOSE and no-more A1 prints will be offered again. This is a very rare opportunity to own one of my artworks printed on this scale - it will not be offered again. Once printing commences through the London Graphics Centre I will be packaging and shipping all prints to their new homes - exact dates are still to be confirmed.

Paper size and Details: A1 professional paper (841 x 594 mm = 33.1 x 23.4 in)
Printed with professional print technology thanks to the London Graphics Centre and "Shop Art"

Check out the pre-order in my SHOP and order your very own awesome print now!
Don't miss out or you'll regret it I promise you that!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Studio Clearance Print Sale

Studio Clearance Sale!!!

Happening over at my etsy shop right now!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Crazy Cat Lady at 26

A new illustration for a written rant my good friend Sasanki wrote  about deciding to become a crazy cat lady at 26. Her piece is in the process of being published for a way awesome magazine - if all goes well my picture will be accompanying her writing.

Stay tuned for my screaming glee if we are published together. Fingers crossed!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Perfume and Rouge

A couple of the touched-up illustrations for the fashion and product sections of my new illustration portfolio...

Monday, April 15, 2013

King Matty Collage

With the new illustration-site up, I tried to collect the few decent scans I had from the extensive illustration project I worked on last year (60+ paintings illustrating the folktales of Hungary and Transylvania). Sadly, the photographs I took to document each new piece were terrible quality, and without the originals physically with me I had to cull almost all of the works as inferior quality to showcase on the website.

We did manage to save a few, and my adventure-man did his best with photoshop to get them looking clean and professional. Here is one example - and the link to the portfolio: book illustration

King Matty the first - written by Janusz Korczak, illustrated by Monika V. Diak

Illustration Website Launch

I am very proud to be able to present the first version of my new illustration-portfolio!

It's very basic, but we made the entire site ourselves (A HUGE shout-out to my adventure-man, without his immense help this site would be nothing more than a pile of sketches scattered around my studio.) We hope that it is simple and straightforward to navigate, giving a brief overview of how amazing the site could be with heaps more commissions, collaborations and awesome illustration projects to showcase - so please, take a look, give us your tips and feedback - and PASS IT ON!!

without further ado (drumroll....) I present...

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Stop-Motion Portrait

My adventure-man and I put together a short stop-motion clip of a small portrait I painted in watercolours for the "about" page on my new illustration portfolio. 

It's the first time we've made something like this, and we'd love to get some feedback. We've had a couple of tips already, (like placing the camera on my left side) which we'll have to do a bit of studio re-arranging to accommodate, but all good ideas! (we won't be able to do a birds-eye-view one because as you'll see in the clip, I practically lie all over my drawing as I work, so a continuous stream of the back of my head might not be so interesting! hehe)

Later we made a "zoomed-in" version too, with different music (perhaps in some countries the old video cannot be played because of the track chosen to accompany it)

which do you like better?

Friday, April 5, 2013

Poesy Illustrations

A mosaic I put together of some of the illustrations I created for Victoria Buckley Jewellery as displays for her poetic poesy rings and gorgeous precious jewellery - see her Pocket full of Poesy Etsy shop for more.

I'm working on an online web-portfolio specifically to present my illustrative work, both book illustration and commercial product and fashion illustration. I think the first preview (with a fair few "coming soon" pages) should be able to go live fairly soon!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Cor Meum Tuum Est

My heart is yours

A new large piece in slow, methodical progress.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Ali Miles Jewellery Collaboration

Monika Viktoria Illustration for ALi Miles Fine Jewellery

A series of bright jewels and gems I painted for the incredible Ali Miles Fine Jewellery - based in Sydney, Australia. Her new website has just launched, and it was my pleasure to be a part of it, creating this original watercolour painting of "Siren" wearing her gorgeous Silver and Gold  Mermaid rings, crusted in tiny Sapphires and Diamonds. 

I encourage you to visit her website for a peek at some beautiful, hand-crafted treasures. Keep your eye out for the project section, featuring my series of paintings here.

The beautiful Gold and Silver Mermaid rings that were the inspiration for "Siren"

It was my utmost pleasure to work on this exciting and wonderful project with Ali miles Fine Jewellery. For queries about commissions and collaborations, please drop me an email:
 monimano @ hotmail . com

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Amber & Rose Progress

Some work-in-progress snapshots of my latest A2 sized watercolour, Amber & Rose.

I hope to finish her today - it is tricky with only two sporadic days off to dedicate to my art. During the week I try to take lots of shots on instagram (follow @monikaviktoriaart) and update my facebook art-page to get feedback and keep me motivated by everyone's support and encouragement. If you don't follow my page yet, please do:

Love is always welcome :-}

Monday, March 11, 2013

Violet, lavender and lilac

I'm all about lavender and lilac these days. With names like: heather, soft violet, parchment, rose lake, cyclamen, and old rose, my new pencils give away my mood and the colour palette for my new works.

Printed dresses by the ever lovely Miss Caitlin Shearer: a gorgoeus girl, fabulous illustrator, and soon to take over the world with her darling dress designs. One day I will throw away all my clothes and only wear dresses designed by her.

On the drawing table and around the studio this week:

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Pastel Gems

Some more images from the collaborative project I've worked on these past few weeks. Gemstones painted in pastel washes of watercolour.

I never used to be the sort of girl that was entranced by glitter and gold... that is until I started work for a fine-jeweller a few years ago. The artist in me entranced by colours, and the nerd intrigued by what nature can do, fell under the spell of precious gems. Ever since I've been hoping to collaborate with a designer on illustrative and jewellery related projects.