Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
An old image done somewhere between 92 and 98, in a leisure moment drinking decafeinated coffe (as far as I remember) in a balcony, in an Agean island. It is made with ballpen. I have those pens as my main drawing tool. They are maybe the most simple and easy in use pen kind. Excellent for drawing, anywhere.
Another futuristic girl image. Rough sketch. I am putting here a close up too, for a close confrontation with the gaze. After all those years of involvement in illustration I have discerned that in living characters, especially, intelligent beings (be them human beings, humanized cartoon animals or fantasy aliens) the gaze is very important. It is the decisive suggestion conveying the sense of aliveness. The main thing endowing an illustration creature with actual life. But it has to come out intuitionally and spontainously, by grace, as I have noted before (let say that this applies to everything, generally in life, I believe). The spontainous rough sketch is very important, in general, and needs a delicate sensitivity not to loose its aliveness after the ‘clearing’ process. The clearing should be only a pious ‘clothing’ of the alive initial sketch and absolutely nothing more.
As to this spontainity issue somebody may be helped essentialy by studying old good Zen ink paintings.
Further, one other thing I consider of very central importance, regarding the gaze, is that the eyes should have always a very deep black pupil. The specularities on the eye are to be put so that they may convey only the glass like clarity of the curveous surface of the eye ball, not hindering (although they may overlap it partially) the deep black hole of the eye pupil. The eye pupil’s darkness is the element giving all the existential depth to the whole character. It is the element making it alive, the point through the most essential communication, beteween him/her and you occurs. Throuh his/her pupil you are mirrored in his/her conciousness, as the same happens in an inverse direction, of course.
I am dropping those notes here because I know, from my own personal experience, that if somebody had told me about such delicacies in drawing some two decades before I could have the opportunity to progress in a more easy way maybe.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
A cartoon character. I like very much drawing kind hearted, almost goofy looking, characters. They are not mere moralists but very rich, interesting, lovely personalities whose kindness is natural, outflowing from a deep sense of its being the only possible outlet.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
This is 'navaghiomegha' meaning 'bigwreckage' in Greek (I live in Greece). As to the 'why' of this title, it is a matter of a whole life perception way. I will share my thoughts someday about it too. Now, this image came out freely in a leisure moment, thinking about the blog. It has a quality of things coming, sponatainously, of themselves, say by grace, so I like it.
Monday, September 17, 2007
I am uploading as a first one an illustration proposal made for a children's prayer book. It has been not accepted because of its looking too cartoonish, as the authors of the book said. I, personally, do not find anything contradictory in cartoon style as to its use in a children's prayer book. Furthermore, I believe that if the illustration has been made in the proper mood it could be inspiring even in the case of such a delicate issue as is prayer.
Well, my name is Dimitri Lalushi, I am an illustrator and this is a gallery blog built for showing my illustration works (they have to do with areas including general illustration, cartoons, concept design, product design etc). I preffered creating a blog, instead of creating a site, for reasons of having comments and a dialogue regarding those works too. So welcome all. Let feel in ease to share your constructive thoughts about the images. Whoever has an interest to communicate with me for a possible collaboration aim can leave a site adress so that may I contact him.
Most of the works shown here are not used commercially. Some of them were made without any commercial aim, while some others are not used ones because of various reasons (wherever is so I am putting an explanatory note of the reason they remained not used).