"Mythology to me has always been about bigger than life struggles"
September 11, 2017 10:19 PM   Subscribe

With just an ordinary ballpoint pen, the kind we’ve all used to scribble down classroom notes or phone numbers for possible Friday night dates, Toronto-based artist Rebecca Yanovskaya creates exquisite, magical worlds filled with mythical beings and characters out of creepy old folktales which she then blings up with a lot of 22 karat gold leaf.
posted by Johnny Wallflower (11 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

It's not often the Internet leaves me speechless in a good way. Wow!
posted by BigHeartedGuy at 11:28 PM on September 11, 2017

These are beautiful.
posted by bring a tuba to a knife fight at 11:30 PM on September 11, 2017 [1 favorite]

Oh, these are gorgeous. They remind me of Yoann Lossel's beautiful gold-leaf work.
posted by pseudonymph at 1:20 AM on September 12, 2017 [1 favorite]

So beautiful
posted by gt2 at 3:37 AM on September 12, 2017 [1 favorite]

Wow! 'Bling up' is a bit of an understatement here ...
posted by carter at 5:05 AM on September 12, 2017

You know, I like to console my feelings of artistic inadequacy by telling myself that if I had better tools, better materials, better sources I could create masterpieces. Then I see something like this and I am forced to confront the truth. Literally jawdropping. Thanks for posting.

If you haven't already opened the links, do so, but be aware there is some artistic nudity involved, in case that does not sit well in your surroundings.
posted by Rock Steady at 5:07 AM on September 12, 2017 [1 favorite]

These are amazing! Thanks, Johnny Wallflower.
posted by homunculus at 9:32 AM on September 12, 2017

The Bluebeard's Bride series in particular I found extraordinary! Just amazing.
posted by jenjenc at 9:49 AM on September 12, 2017

Gold leaf is a lot less expensive than you might expect, shockingly easy to use, and looks fantastic.

Which I say not to diminish Yanovskaya's (literally) brilliant use of it, but to encourage other artists to give it a try.
posted by straight at 9:52 AM on September 12, 2017 [2 favorites]

Holy crap! Those are amazing!
posted by WalkerWestridge at 3:10 PM on September 12, 2017

Very nice work Rebecca!
posted by cookiemaster at 7:38 AM on September 22, 2017

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