Welcome, I'm Marlena!
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been inspired by Slavic myths, dark legends, and the fantastical creatures that lurk only in the depths of the mind. I strive to break away from what’s currently popular in favour of the subjects I love: fantasy, nature, haute couture and mythology.
Many people in their artistic journey rely on the “art muse” – an unseen being that guide their hand to paint. For me, the sheer chance to create something unparalleled is motivation enough to begin a new portrait. When I’m painting, I adore whimsical, feminine personalities that allow my imagination to flow into my work. I’d like to invite you to this mystical world, filled with lush lands, amazing characters and fierce sorcery.
I must say, art is never ceased to amaze me. It’s an endless stream of inspirations and everyday beauty. Furthermore, it changed my perception of the world around me, and made me aware how many unusual things can go unnoticed for the unheeding observer. Ranging from the serene and dark to the warm and peaceful I aspire to create paintings that draw emotion from the viewer. I dream about making people’s life (and surroundings) a little bit more exciting and beautiful.
Won’t you join me?
I have studied art theory for over 15 years. It started as a passion when I was a teenager, followed by art lessons in high school and at the University, polished during painting courses, and defined by my freelance career.
Now when I’m living my dream as an artist, I still remember how difficult it was to learn drawing on a digital tablet all by myself. Online tutorials are a great start, but I was always missing personalized feedback about my illustrations. Private lessons and online courses with my guidance are perfect for those looking for constructive critique and actual, helpful tips on how to improve digital painting. So if you dream about becoming an artist, I’ll be happy to guide you in your career path.
I enjoy sharing my passions and knowledge with other people. If you find me in social media, you will quickly notice that most of all art I admire surrealism and art nouveau and. I find a lot of inspiration in their forms. I like sharing insights about digital painting techniques, practical tips and my drawing process. On top of that, I would like to show you which artists, both classical and modern, became my greatest motivation and impulse to draw. Maybe they will have an impact on your professional career too.
Sometimes, I write about my struggle to stay motivated and focused on work, because as a freelancer working from home I know it from the first hand. And believe me, it’s not easy, especially at the beginning.
I spend every evening with family – my alchemist husband and my 5-year-old ewok. We live with a fierce bearded dragon, who guards our home, and three super-cute dwarf bunnies, which bring joy in our lives. In our free time we play boardgames and run around the house together. We create labyrinths and make empires fall. We build tiny farms and run futuristic corporations. We make a great team together!
When I have a little bit of time just for myself, I’m reading fantasy books and decorating our new home. I adore elegant beauty of Victorian era, splendour of haute couture and complexity of Steampunk. I’m collecting this amazing inspirations on my Tumblr blog. I’m also invariably obsessed how inspiring the whole fantasy genre is, so you can expect me to blab about it on my Twitter or Facebook page from time to time.
Born in 1986 in Poland.
Graduated as a landscape architect in 2010.
After spending 6 years in cold north Norway, she came back to Poland to create illustrations, portraits and designs for publishers, writers and art enthusiasts from all over the world.
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Some of my old paintings and drawings.
It was a long journey.