Anonymous asked: Hello, Lenka! Would you ever consider doing commissions in the future?
Hello! I do accept commissions, i just don’t have any ‘commission open’ sheet thingy, but if anyone has a wish, feel free to message me and we can talk something individually. But yeah, maybe sometimes, when time of need comes, i will open some official mass commission list:)
Wow, so many sudden messages! I’m sorry for messy answering//
Yeeey, i understand what you mean:) I guess they are? I like the most dark folky/cabaretish music like Circus Contraption, Reverend Glasseye, Tom Waits, Tiger Lillies, Voltaire, Those Poor Bastards/ Lonesome Wyatt, and i especially love things influenced by pre-war german cabaret….Then avantgarde metal like Diablo Swing Orchestra, Eths, Pin-up Went Down, 80’s & 90’s darkwave and gothic rock, and then all kinds of weird stuff like Fantômas, Diamanda Galas or Sui Generis Umbra (but those i’m able to listen only after midnight:D )
I want to get back to it sometimes, but i will probably start over again with different approach, i’m no longer satisfied with that one :/
They’re all pretty much well known (and on much much higher level than me), so not sure if i’m showing you anything new, but when it comes to +-macabre art, favourites are:
Anonymous asked: Hello! I am curious as to how to give credit when getting your art tattooed? Would that just be a general "oh yes it was designed/drawn by ---- (would that just be your name or your url on tumblr/deviantart?) type of thing or would you like a signature type thing by it showing that it was done by you?
That first option, link is great, and only in cases where it is possible and suitable (like that person presents it on some tattoo page etc.) But generally in case of tattoos, more important is ask for permission, i just want to know where my things end up and not, like already happened, acknowledge that from third person or random googling. Just feels impolite and cold. (of course, it’s a internet, people will keep deleting sources and reposting… but… well, you know what i mean) Thanks!
Anonymous asked: I have always wanted to be able to draw, and have desperately tried to develop and improve on my skills. Yet each time I sat down and put pencil to paper, I was always disappointed in the outcome, so I it gave up. Discovering your blog has inspired me to give it another go, yet I have no idea where to begin. Are their certain things that I should focus on, or that I should practice? What did/do you practice to maintain and improve on your skill?
Don’t give up, turn your disappointment into anger and use it as a fuel for more practice. You know, as a sith lord or fairytale witch! :D At least that worked for me at the very beginning. I was never much social with real people so i was showing my work only on some forums and internet galleries and at the beginning it was really rough. I was getting some mean comments and hard critics and always left filled with anger thinking “i’m gonna show you you freaking assholes” and then i drew and drew and uploaded it all and after some time comments changed from mean to helpful and then into compliments. But dunno what’s your nature, everybody’s approach is different. Getting feedback from strangers is always good, they will point at things you’re unable to objectively see in your work, so try to find some drawing forum where people are not afraid to criticise. But about what to practice - i don’t know on which level you are and what’s your direction, so i won’t tell you on what you should focus, but basics are always the same - understanding the perspective, lightning, anatomy lessons, drawing from real objects/people and not photos, manage to draw realism before trying to force some stylization - that usually comes by itself, etc. (eh, i don’t feel like i’m enough competent to give advices like that, i still suck in lots of basics:D). But i think the most important thing is to have a reason to draw and it shouldn’t be only ‘i want to be good at drawing’. You know, like…ehm… find you own urge, obsession, why and what you want to draw, e.g. for me it was like autotherapy, urge to get rid of some things in my head, for somebody it is a way how to display their own fanasy worlds and stories, for others how to express their love for something or their state of mind, or they want to get a job in their dreamstudio, idk…, doesn’t matter how silly or weird that urge is, but once you find this your own switch, you won’t be longer able to give up drawing.
Anonymous asked: Hello! I've recently discovered your art, and it is beautiful. I really love weirdo kitties 2, and think it would make a great shirt. I went to your society6 page in the hopes that you might have shirts, but you didn't. Are you alright if I make a shirt with it myself? If anyone asks, I would definitely credit you
I’m definitely going to upload it on S6 as a shirt option, i just have to wait till October starts for my internet connection to be fixed, and then i will upload all the new artworks that are missing here. So just wait few days, i will let know when new stuff will be available:) Thanks for interest!
thystil asked: Are you cool with people getting your art tattooed? As long as the give you credit for it?
( got a couple of messages on this, so i’m answering this one publicly. )
Sure, i’m cool with that as long as they let me know. And as for giving credit, that also should be common decency. Unless it is about some custom-made commission for specific person, i don’t have a reason to deny it, so don’t worry to ask, but i just want to know. And seeing photo of final tattoo is very pleasing, but i get not everyone is okay with sharing photo of them, so it is up to person. (but hey, you gonna make me really really happy!:))