by Claire Jariss Manlapas . October 3rd, 2014
What is it about a woman that is hard to resist; Her eyes? Her lips? The curves on her back? Even a guy who has been drawing women for years couldn’t explain where his inclination comes from.
“I’m Kaloian, artist and illustrator, and I draw girls.
If all designers are as concise and blunt as our featured artist, the art world would be less complicated. We are honored to be the first design website to feature the modern illustrations of women by Bulgarian graphic artist Kaloian Toshev.
Toshev likes drawing faces because he finds it hard and challenging. Many designers would agree that the human anatomy is one of the hardest to draw because of proportion and asymmetry, but his long experience with illustration makes everything a breeze for him. It’s impressive how he keeps his art tasteful while using women as his favorite subject. We can see the beauty of the female form in all his works. Most of his works are based on his perception of women and it’s likely that you won’t bump into them on a street corner. Toshev imagines most of his works but there are some inspirations who have been particularly close to him: his ex girlfriends. His illustrations are also based on his moods and the music that inspires him at the moment.
“..after 2009 I realized that Photoshop gives you way more freedom mainly because of the brush properties.”
Whimsical. The 2nd even looks like desaturated pop art.
He has proven himself worthy of a solo feature in an esteemed design blog, but his life doesn’t stop at art. Toshev is also passionate about snowboarding and extreme sports!
He also does line art
A combination of different techniques
All photos courtesy of Kaloian Toshev
J is a confessional media/fictional writer/Multimedia Arts major from Manila. She is fascinated by art and design, brand identity and advertising trends— she doesn’t always enjoy making them, but she’s always up for knowing and writing about them. She likes observing and writing about human behavior, different POVs, design and culture
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