Welcome! I’m Marlena!
Versatile graphic designer
I have studied art and graphic design, both in practice and theory, for over half of my life. It started simply as a passion when I was a teenager and followed by art lessons in high school and at the University. Later I polished my skills during painting courses and defined them by my freelance artist career.
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’d like to invite you to visit my portfolio, filled with amazing original characters and fierce sorcery. Won’t you join me?
Freelance artist inspired by myths
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 many freelance artists rely on the “art muse” to guide their hand to paint, for me, the sheer chance to create a unique, beautiful illustration is motivating enough to begin a new painting.
Digital painting tutor
Art and drawings were always a part of my life. Now, when I’m living my dream as a freelance artist, I still remember how difficult it was at the beginning. Mastering art fundamentals, learning how to paint an eye-catching portrait, or simply draw on a digital tablet seemed 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.
Artist worth following
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 fantasy, art nouveau and dark themes. I find a lot of inspiration in their forms and aesthetic. I also like sharing insights about freelance artist career, digital painting techniques, practical tips.
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 freelance artist working from home I know it from the first hand. And believe me, it’s not easy, especially at the beginning.
Geek, RPG player and gamer
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.
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.