Hello, I'm Marlena!
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 motivating enough to begin a new portrait or illustration.
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 mainstream trends in favour of the subjects I love: fantasy, nature, haute couture and mythology.
While I’m working on a new painting, I adore whimsical, feminine personalities that allow my imagination to flow into my work. I’d like to invite you to visit my mystical world, filled with lush lands, amazing characters and fierce sorcery. Won’t you join me?
I must say, art is never ceased to amaze me. It’s an endless stream of inspiration and beauty. Furthermore, it changed my perception of the world around me, 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 have studied art, both in practice and theory, for over half of my life. It started simply as a passion when I was a teenager. It 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 at the beginning. Mastering art fundamentals, learning how to paint an eye-catching portrait, or draw on a digital tablet may seem overwhelming. Online tutorials can be a great start, but I was always missing personalized feedback about my illustrations and progress. Private lessons and online courses with my guidance are a perfect idea. Especially for those looking for constructive critique and actual, helpful tips on how to improve your skills.
So if you dream about becoming an artist, I’ll be happy to guide you in your career path.
I enjoy sharing my passion and knowledge with other people. If you decide to join me in social media, you will quickly notice that most of all art I admire art nouveau and dark themes. I find a lot of inspiration in their forms and aesthetic. I also like sharing insights about digital painting techniques, practical tips and my drawing process.
On top of that, I would like to show you which portrait artists, both classical and modern, became my greatest inspiration 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 evenings with a family – my alchemist husband and our clever ewok warrior. In our free time we love to play games together: we create labyrinths and make empires fall, defeat fantasy monsters and run futuristic corporations. We make a great team together! ♥
When I have a little bit of time just for myself, I’m usually nerding out over games, fantasy books and of course art.
I adore elegant beauty of Victorian era, splendour of haute couture and complexity of Steampunk. Unfortunately, that’s not the best style to decorate my apartment 😉 I’m however collecting these amazing inspirations and many more on my Tumblr blog.
I’m also invariably obsessed how inspiring the whole fantasy genre is. Books, pen and paper RPG, video and board games deliver so many themes that begs to be painted! You can expect me to blab about all of this geeky stuff on my Twitter or Facebook page from time to time (or a little bit more often).
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 fantasy fans, publishers, writers and art enthusiasts from all over the world.