Diana Mazuru

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Illustrator with a love for pretty things and cats

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Diana’s December ChallengeThe Snow Queen from Anderson’s Fairy Tales.From reading the story, what really stuck with me was the image of the little girl riding the reindeer in her search for her young friend. Reindeer are rather hard to draw, I discovered.Done with inks and acrylics on watercolour paper. I hope you enjoy it and that it leads some of you to go and read the lovely story.

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    Diana’s December Challenge

    The Snow Queen from Anderson’s Fairy Tales.
    From reading the story, what really stuck with me was the image of the little girl riding the reindeer in her search for her young friend. Reindeer are rather hard to draw, I discovered.
    Done with inks and acrylics on watercolour paper. I hope you enjoy it and that it leads some of you to go and read the lovely story.

    — 8 months ago with 6 notes
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Diana’s November Challenge, The fight between Durga and the Buffalo Demon.Done with inks and bleach on watercolour paper. The most difficult part of this image was trying to make the arms look anatomically correct… it didn’t quite work how I would have liked. Nevertheless, this challenge was really enjoyable and I would probably try it again some time in the future.

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    Diana’s November Challenge, The fight between Durga and the Buffalo Demon.
    Done with inks and bleach on watercolour paper. The most difficult part of this image was trying to make the arms look anatomically correct… it didn’t quite work how I would have liked. Nevertheless, this challenge was really enjoyable and I would probably try it again some time in the future.

    — 9 months ago with 3 notes
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Diana’s October Challenge.
If you are wondering what this image means, know that I am too. I set out with the idea of having an old woman/witch wearing a mask depicting the face of a young woman. This lead me to the image you see above due to my desire to bring some sense of narrative, though it is not based on any story I know. It was important to me to retain the idea of masks being used by people to disguise themselves (as we so often do in society). The young lady is also inspired by Venetian masks and I wanted to give her the feel of a porcelain doll. All in all, a lot of ideas in one simple image. I hope you enjoy it.

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    Diana’s October Challenge.

    If you are wondering what this image means, know that I am too. I set out with the idea of having an old woman/witch wearing a mask depicting the face of a young woman. This lead me to the image you see above due to my desire to bring some sense of narrative, though it is not based on any story I know. It was important to me to retain the idea of masks being used by people to disguise themselves (as we so often do in society). The young lady is also inspired by Venetian masks and I wanted to give her the feel of a porcelain doll. All in all, a lot of ideas in one simple image. I hope you enjoy it.

    — 10 months ago with 4 notes
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Diana’s September Challenge"Beyond, the allotment was as ordered as it had always been, with lemonade bottles sheltering small plants, old windows arranged to make cold frames, and tyres stacked up for potato planters. From a distance the whole thing might just have been the accumulated detrilus of years, but come a little closer and everything was there, just as before."Drawing the old man was quite enjoyable, especially his stripped shirt. I never knew how much fun old people were. Also, I haven’t used pencils like this in many years so it was a bit of an experiment on that front. Weeds are also fun. I hope you enjoy it.

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    Diana’s September Challenge

    "Beyond, the allotment was as ordered as it had always been, with lemonade bottles sheltering small plants, old windows arranged to make cold frames, and tyres stacked up for potato planters. From a distance the whole thing might just have been the accumulated detrilus of years, but come a little closer and everything was there, just as before."

    Drawing the old man was quite enjoyable, especially his stripped shirt. I never knew how much fun old people were. Also, I haven’t used pencils like this in many years so it was a bit of an experiment on that front. Weeds are also fun. I hope you enjoy it.

    — 11 months ago with 9 notes
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     Dave Hooper and I went to Dev Con 1 (Plymouth, Guild Hall) on Saturday 21st September. We had a fantastic time holding our first ever stall: talking to a wide range of people (many bribed with candy), and selling some art and comics. Dave’s comic, 'A Shadow of Steel', completely sold out and a few of my prints found loving new homes. Have a look also at some of the sneaky portraits I did of people, though Mr Slendarman is still my favourite.

    — 12 months ago with 1 note
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Diana’s August Collective Challenge, a scene from Jane Eyre.
Jane Eyre is full of so many memorable moments that choosing just one moment from the book is always a difficult one. Here is my depiction of the loved novel, the dramatic first encounter between Jane and Mr Rochester. Done in colouring pencils for a change and going out of my way to draw not only a man but a horse as well. ;)

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    Diana’s August Collective Challenge, a scene from Jane Eyre.

    Jane Eyre is full of so many memorable moments that choosing just one moment from the book is always a difficult one. Here is my depiction of the loved novel, the dramatic first encounter between Jane and Mr Rochester. Done in colouring pencils for a change and going out of my way to draw not only a man but a horse as well. ;)

    — 1 year ago with 5 notes
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Diana’s July Challenge
This is the recipe for my all time favourite home made chocolate (something my mum used to often make for us as kids). It ends up somewhere between real chocolate and fudge. I love it best when it is still warm so I often leave a generous amount on the spoon for myself.
Also to note, chocolate is really difficult to draw… it is yummyer than it looks. Done with dip pens, chocolate coloured ink, and watercolours on Bristol board.

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    Diana’s July Challenge

    This is the recipe for my all time favourite home made chocolate (something my mum used to often make for us as kids). It ends up somewhere between real chocolate and fudge. I love it best when it is still warm so I often leave a generous amount on the spoon for myself.

    Also to note, chocolate is really difficult to draw… it is yummyer than it looks. Done with dip pens, chocolate coloured ink, and watercolours on Bristol board.

    — 1 year ago with 2 notes
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    Henry VIII’s Exciting Fur Coat

    I’ve been having a great deal of fun today drawing Henry VIII. Forgive me for the fully looking eyes, the rest I am pleased with. The fur was super fun to draw, I only wished there had been more of it. :p

    — 1 year ago
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    Sketch of a Victorian lady from quite a while back but I still like it. :)

    Sketch of a Victorian lady from quite a while back but I still like it. :)

    — 1 year ago
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    I had a little fun yesterday playing with my watercolours and doing a random drawing of a Victorian Lady and her little girl. I wish my grey cat would let me carry her out and about. :P
(I had some problems with the shadows…)

    I had a little fun yesterday playing with my watercolours and doing a random drawing of a Victorian Lady and her little girl. I wish my grey cat would let me carry her out and about. :P

    (I had some problems with the shadows…)

    — 1 year ago with 1 note
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Diana’s June Challenge
The story by Oscar Wilde which I was entrusted to illustrate was ‘The Young Kin.’ It is a tale of a teenage king who is dazzled by his beautiful palace and the shiny things in it but through three dreams during the night before his coronation, he chooses to not use his new crown, sceptre, and golden robe because of the deaths and sorrow the items have caused. Instead he goes to his coronation in his goat’s shepherds garb (before he was known to be the heir to the throne, this was his profession). The people are disappointed with him and wish to kill him but in front of the alter he is crowned King by God (given even a robe made of the golden rays of sunshine).
I especially enjoyed drawing the background for this thing. My reference:
http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m741v8xBHk1rarqo5o1_500.jpg

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    Diana’s June Challenge

    The story by Oscar Wilde which I was entrusted to illustrate was ‘The Young Kin.’ It is a tale of a teenage king who is dazzled by his beautiful palace and the shiny things in it but through three dreams during the night before his coronation, he chooses to not use his new crown, sceptre, and golden robe because of the deaths and sorrow the items have caused. Instead he goes to his coronation in his goat’s shepherds garb (before he was known to be the heir to the throne, this was his profession). The people are disappointed with him and wish to kill him but in front of the alter he is crowned King by God (given even a robe made of the golden rays of sunshine).

    I especially enjoyed drawing the background for this thing. My reference:

    http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m741v8xBHk1rarqo5o1_500.jpg

    — 1 year ago with 2 notes

    Playing with markers for a fun little change after remembering that I actually own a set of markers. Sometimes my room feels like a treasure island, you never know what you will find hidden in a corner or behind something. ^-^

    — 1 year ago
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Diana’s June Challenge
The story by Oscar Wilde which I was entrusted to illustrate was ‘The Young Kin.’ It is a tale of a teenage king who is dazzled by his beautiful palace and the shiny things in it but through three dreams during the night before his coronation, he chooses to not use his new crown, sceptre, and golden robe because of the deaths and sorrow the items have caused. Instead he goes to his coronation in his goat’s shepherds garb (before he was known to be the heir to the throne, this was his profession). The people are disappointed with him and wish to kill him but in front of the alter he is crowned King by God (given even a robe made of the golden rays of sunshine).
I especially enjoyed drawing the background for this thing. My reference:
http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m741v8xBHk1rarqo5o1_500.jpg

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    Diana’s June Challenge

    The story by Oscar Wilde which I was entrusted to illustrate was ‘The Young Kin.’ It is a tale of a teenage king who is dazzled by his beautiful palace and the shiny things in it but through three dreams during the night before his coronation, he chooses to not use his new crown, sceptre, and golden robe because of the deaths and sorrow the items have caused. Instead he goes to his coronation in his goat’s shepherds garb (before he was known to be the heir to the throne, this was his profession). The people are disappointed with him and wish to kill him but in front of the alter he is crowned King by God (given even a robe made of the golden rays of sunshine).

    I especially enjoyed drawing the background for this thing. My reference:

    http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m741v8xBHk1rarqo5o1_500.jpg

    — 1 year ago with 2 notes
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