With all acknowledgements to the original creator (Dr Diesel, I believe?), here is a Girl version which took its inspiration from the Happy New Year kolobok.
Thank you The girls will be happy.
Almirena.... really nice
I am glad to add to the "Girls' Gallery" of Koloboks...!
I've a few more here - with all acknowledgement to their respective original inspirers:
<-- Girl examining the heavens through telescope
<-- Girl version of the "facepalm"
<-- Girl composer (or conductor) fixing wrong note
There was some problem with adding works to the gallery.
Aiwan, I'm sorry to hear that! I hope that whatever the problem is can be sorted out soon. (Is it something to do with the version of PHP on the server? Or the permission settings for the folder?)
<-- A girl physicist; all acknowledgement to Laie who created the wonderful original on which this is based (Einstein).
<-- Girl version of the Shakespeare kolobok (or poet or writer of any sort).
<-- Phlebotomist / Venepuncturist.
<-- It always struck me that the ideal way to present a kolobok on a magic carpet would be with the kolobok wearing a turban...
New - a gong. (The poor kolobok probably has his brains scrambled by the repeated whacking and swinging...)
I think you need to work on the smile. It's bad when the meaning needs to be described in words.
You're right; I'm hampered by my lack of drawing skill, I admit.
Hopefully this is better.
Here is an atom with electrons whizzing around:
A wooden spoon trophy. (In English-speaking cultures, the Wooden Spoon award is one given to the person or team who comes last!)
I don't know if you're aware that the national flag carrier airline of Australia (the third oldest airline in the world) is Qantas Airways. Qantas aeroplanes are instantly recognisable to any Australian, with the red and white colouring and the distinctive kangaroo design on the tail.
Here are the boy Kolobok and girl Kolobok Qantas Airbus aeroplanes.
I don't feel 100% happy about this Kolobok, but I do like the idea.
Girl version of Champagne Drinking:
Cellist (orchestral/classical cello) - with all acknowledgements to Laie's original jazz bass.
Nice, Almirena... I really like the Champagne drinking girl and the airoplane smilies.
Thank you, Reny!
I was especially pleased with the Qantas aeroplane smilies.
A few more:
Girl version of falling asleep in an armchair:
Girl version of "It's HIS/HER fault!":
Girl version of Sherlock Holmes / private investigator:
Scales (also could be used for Libra):
(I'm not entirely happy with the mouths in the scales kolobok. I also don't like the look of the ribbons; they somehow look like a shower cap.)
2nd version of the scales / Libra:
Girl version of Laie's wonderful galloping horserider with lance:
Girl version of Laie's equally wonderful horserider taking a toss from a horse determined not to be ridden:
Girl version of Laie's accordionist:
Girl version of Kolobok taking medication/pills/tablets:
Kolobok driving blue car:
Girl version of Kolobok driving blue car:
Nice new smileys, Almirena I really like your girl versions. And the traffic lights!
Thank you for the encouragement! <--- one of my favourite koloboks; it expresses acknowledging thanks so gracefully and gorgeously...
I'm currently working on a complicated kolobok which is truly like a mini-drama episode.
I hope this kolobok conveys the story properly; it is a defibrillation (getting the heart re-started).
Хорошая работа! Но на будущее, я бы посоветовал избегать сложных мелких рисунков в смайлах. Это я говорю про сердце, например. Его можно обозначить схематично и это будет правильней с точки зрения стилистики и реализации задуманного. Ждем новых работ.
Good job! But for the future, I would advise you to avoid complex small drawings in smileys. I'm talking about the heart, for example. It can be designated schematically and it will be more correct from the point of view of stylistics and realization of the conceived. We are waiting for new works.
Aiwan, I had exactly the same thought about that heart. I have four other versions with different heart styles.
One of my attempts has the heart looking a little like a roast chicken - ai, ai, ai! Another looks a little like a Valentine cushion in the shape of a heart. The third... well, I can't help thinking that this heart looks a bit like a red Santa sack full of toys.
Anyway, I'll upload them here, and will be happy for any advice or for your suggestions about which version is most successful. (I also played around a little with the "shock".)
I will keep trying different heart ideas. And I think I'll go back to the first "shock" version as well.
In the meantime, I think I will do a circus set.
I think this is a better version for the defibrillation. The "Valentine cushion" heart was a nice clear image, and after a bit of fiddling around with a nice sinus rhythm on it, it seems to have worked out well.
Yes, the heart is much better now.
And such a nice circus set
Girl version of the wine drinker:
Girl version of the gaoled prisoner:
(Also Aiwan's incredibly touching weeping girl in gaol, if you do not mind, Aiwan... I think that girl kolobok is outstanding in its verisimilitude.):
More for the circus set...
Circus elephant rearing up.
Circus lion jumping through fiery hoop.
I have another kolobok for the circus set; however, it's almost 300K and I can't reduce the file size any further without compromising the quality of the kolobok presentation...
It's a circus high-wire trapeze act.
Is it possible to increase the maximum single upload size to 300K?
(In the meantime, I've linked the image.)
Larger / longer version:
A quick break from the circus set - to present the moon waxing and waning...
I'm not sure whether I should enlarge the black area; it looks a little odd as a black rectangle. Any ideas welcomed.
Version 2: Waxing and waning moon.
And with the moon actually kolobok-based:
Celebrating France's World Cup win, here is the French flag (boy and girl version) based on Laie's flags:
And... although Australia did abysmally in the FIFA World Cup, here's the Australia flag as well:
More flags to celebrate FIFA, international peace (hopefully), and more:
Argentina Belgium Brazil China
Colombia Costa Rica Croatia Denmark
Egypt Finland Guatemala Iceland
Indonesia Iran Ireland Israel
Japan Morocco The Netherlands Nigeria
Panama Peru Portugal Saudi Arabia
Scotland Senegal Serbia The Seychelles
South Korea Suriname Sweden Thailand
Tunisia Ukraine Uruguay Vietnam
How the old 78s (phonograph / gramophone records) were made:
How the old 78s (phonograph / gramophone records) were made:
(corrected the bad frame)
(with a recording horn)
You are so busy, Almirena
All the nice flags
I like the trapez act very much.... and the grammophone idea
Hab' ich es richtig verstanden, daß Sie von Köln sind? Hier ist die Kolobok-Flagge von Köln.
Ich habe auch eine Berliner Kolobok-Flagge gemalt (meine Mutter wurde in Ost-Berlin geboren). Der Bär ist schwer zu malen, mit so wenigen Pixeln!
Am I correct in saying you are in Cologne, Germany? Here's the Kolobok flag for Cologne.
I've also made a Berlin version (my mother was born in East Berlin). The bear is very hard to draw with so few pixels!
I love collecting antique gramophones, and old 78s of Melba and Caruso. (Partly because I am a classical singer, amongst other things, but also just because I have the collecting bug.) That inspired the recording kolobok.
I am thinking of possibly doing a kolobok CD, but I don't know if it will work out the way I want it to.
I've also done another for the circus set. It's the circus strongman lifting two girl acrobats.
Ja, das Wappen ist so knifflig in Miniatur zu mahlen!
Ich freue mich, dass es dir gefällt.
Ich hab' gelernt, das Schachbrettmuster wird nicht richtig dargestellt, wenn Blockfarben nebeneinander in einzelnen Pixeln dargesteckt werden. Mit der kroatischen Flagge z. B. probierte ich, wie es geht!
(Können wir uns duzen?)
The coat of arms on the Köln (Cologne) flag is tricky to do in miniature. I'm so glad you like it. And... shall we call each other "du"? - (moving from the formal "you" to the informal/less formal or intimate form of "you").
It was a surprise to me when I first tried creating the chequerboard pattern (for the coat of arms), that one can't simply put one block colour next to another block colour, in single pixels, to recreate that pattern. It just doesn't render properly to the naked eye. I saw this when trying to draw the coat of arms in the Croatian flag!
I am so grateful that many people with an excellent ability to draw (particularly in miniature) have created some wonderful koloboks. I examine what they have done, how they achieved the effects that they have, what sort of shading they use, how they offset the effect of certain colours to create an illusion when one looks at the final result at 100%. It is such a revelation! I try to learn from their experience, and I bow to the inspiration of Aiwan in particular, as well as others such as Laie and Connie and Viannen (for instance) who have carried on within the framework of Aiwan's style.
Where are all of those wonderful graphic designer people now? It is hard to believe that they are no longer still drawing koloboks.
Almirena, (natürlich können wir uns duzen.)
I really appreciate your work in drawing the Cologne weapon, it is very well done....and your other work, too
And I am looking forward to the Croation flag, this will not be easy.
Yes, it is very quiet here after this many years of creative work. So sad...but I think they are not longer drawing koloboks.
Croatian flag is one I'd already done:
I am temporarily unable to do any more koloboks; I've just had hand surgery! (Maybe I can do a little more further work on a kolobok I started a few days ago, but I will have to try with my left hand. It's a Thomas the Tank Engine kolobok.)
Almirena, the Croation flag looks really great.
I am sorry you've had a hand surgery and I wish you a speedy recovery.
My hand is still painful! (And the wound itself is swollen, but at least it's not infected.)
My doctor has said firmly, "Don't use your right hand until the stitches come out, and then, very little use (just finger exercises) for months."
So... Kolobok-drawing is on hold. (Also, emailing is hard; I have to reply to client emails but it is so slow typing with my left hand only. I am constantly temped to use my right hand and have to stop myself.)
Once I've recovered, I am going to draw a kolobok with its hand in a sling!
Almirena, it seems you have to be patient. Furthermore lots of luck for your hand, one day you will have recovered and make many wonderful koloboks.
Hello! How much I missed!
I returned for a long vacation and ... I leave for work Almirena, recover and as soon as recover, immediately sit down to draw koloboks, otherwise they will not let you live peacefully within you.
Hello Aiwan... welcome back
I am still finding it hard to use my hand with the precision needed for Kolobok-making... but I do have a new little kolobok here.
It's an actor wearing a Greek mask of tragedy.
I suppose if several of these are put together, it's a Greek chorus.
Thomas the Tank Engine:
I like your actor very much, Almirena and also the Tank Engine
Hope your hand will be soon better.
I have thought of all sorts of kolobok ideas; one that just occurred to me was a bullfighter. We'll see...
A new kolobok - the carbon atom.
Almirena this is really great
Thank you - conceivably one could create a kolobok version for every element on the periodic table, but that's a lot of work!
At the moment, I'm working on a solar system Kolobok. I'm plotting the trajectory of the planets, and bearing in mind Aiwan's very sensible advice about "avoid[ing] complex small drawings", making it schematic and appropriate stylistic instead. So... there won't be any of Jupiter's moons, for instance!
I will also avoid drawing rings around Neptune and Uranus even though astronomically they should be there... but the rings are so small and fine in comparison to the size of those two planets that it would be silly for me to include them.
The basics of some of the planets (and the sun) are here:
Sun's face still to be added.
(Saturn - I'm making it a rather sleepy planet.)
(Neptune - it's just somewhat hard to make out the face on such a dark kolobok.)
(Uranus - but I may rework this. I'd quite like to make Uranus shiver or look cold, as it is the coldest planet in the solar system.)
(Jupiter, with a rather satisfied smirk on his face, as befits the largest planet in our solar system, and one moreover who is named after the ruler of the Roman gods.)
(Earth - with Australia and Asia showing, although it is very hard to make Australia sufficiently visible on such a small scale, particularly with the Earth Kolobok having facial features.)
I was originally going to have three views of the Earth Kolobok - showing America, and Africa-Europe, and Asia-Australia - but I think that sort of detail just won't show successfully. I may try, and see how it goes.
I will make Venus female, of course - a planet with pigtails!
Mars must be an angry earth-sized planet - red, naturally.http://forums.kolobok.us/index.php?act=post&do=edit_post&f=8&t=2114&p=30711&st=60
Mercury is to be silvery-grey, rocky. As the smallest planet, its Kolobok version is going to be perhaps half the size of the Earth and Mars.
I'm still contemplating whether I should include Pluto, given that it's no longer considered a planet, but simply a dwarf planet. If I do, I really should include other dwarf planets such as Ceres and Eris, etc. They will be VERY small; I'm not sure if I can even fit the Kolobok eyes and mouth onto them. I'll experiment.
I've almost decided not to worry about the planets spinning I'll focus on the planetary orbits around the sun.
Very much a work in progress at this stage.
Mars, the planet of war, the red planet.
Venus, the planet named after the goddess of love. The colour of the planet is a yellowy creamy shade. I've also given this planet pigtails.
Clean-up / Fix
Venus. (Pigtails lighter and shorter, now moving properly, some pixel cleaning, etc).
It looks odd if I remove the hairs from the top... even though this is a planet... so for the meantime I will leave them on.
Mercury, the planet closest to the sun - a grey-ish, rocky surface, smaller than Venus and Earth:
It's also somewhat smaller than Mars but for the sake of pixel clarity and simplicity, I'm making those two planets the same size in my depiction.
Mars - resized:
Saturn - cleaned up and sleeping, intermittently waking:
The Sun beaming cheerfully in space:
Here's Neptune (cleaned-up, etc.):
And Earth... I decided that I wouldn't add any spin, to avoid unnecessary complications:
Jupiter, king of the planets:
Neptune, cleaned up a little more:
... and the coldest planet Uranus - :
(As these planets will be going onto a dark background for the solar system Kolobok, they're all dark background Koloboks.)
Pluto isn't going to have a face - too small.
Almirena, wow....what an extensive work. I like your solar system koloboks very much. And all these different characters -well done.
Especially I like the sleepy Saturn and Mars and Jupiter - and the pretty flirting Venus.
Reny, thank you for that kind encouragement! I enjoyed giving the planets their own little personalities...
I found that when I put the whole thing together, the personalities were a little lost - but I am pleased with the trajectories and the look of the final product.
Here it is - our Solar System.
Another view of the solar system:
Uh-oh... I think Neptune's trajectory is flawed...
Fixed version here (although Neptune does slow down inexplicably during one orbit, but that's better than appearing ad hoc along its trajectory!).
I may still work at it and produce a better fix in the future.
Leaving the solar system for a minute... here is a tyre kicker.
(Tyre kicker is an Australian term meaning “A person who inspects vehicles for sale with no intention of buying” – and hence also (by extension of the original meaning) “A person who looks at an item, project, situation, etc., without any intention of commitment; a person who asks lots of questions with no intention of making an agreement; a person who wastes [your] time”.)
I tried to convey the idea of kicking without actually including any feet, to keep true to the spirit of the Kolobok.
Australian farmers are going through very tough times at the moment.
If you've ever heard the poem "My Country" by Dorothy MacKellar, you'll be aware of the tremendous challenges that Australia's weather and capacity for disaster poses.
Very sad, I wish your farmers rain!
Kolobok farmer is very indignant. And what he wants is not clear.
Maybe he needs to stretch his palm? Raindrops?
You can still threaten with a rake in the sky ...
Those are good ideas; I am going to try those suggestions and see what can work best.
I have a bull Kolobok here - inspired by the farmer concept. (Many farmers in Australia breed cattle, of course.)
I don't think there's a sheep kolobok and a cow kolobok as yet...?
Yes, there are few horned koloboks
A sheep Kolobok!
It's a jolly sheep with a woolly head. (No horns!)
It's exactly the sort of jumbuck (Australian slang for "sheep") featured in the famous Australian bush ballad, "Waltzing Matilda".
I have reworked the kolobok with its fingers crossed for good luck.
(Middle finger and index finger crossed. Ironically, this is now much harder for me to do personally, with my right fingers, because of the surgery that I had last year on my hand. I still need rather a lot of physiotherapy for that hand; I have exercises to do for it as well.)
This was a kolobok that has haunted me, in a way. When I first worked at it, I just could not create the hands satisfactorily in a way that maintained the cute innocent "look" of the koloboks, while simultaneously showing the crossing of the fingers. After a late night unable to sleep after taking my prescribed medicine, thinking about how to achieve the drought-stricken-farmer fixes as suggested by you, Aiwan, I decided to distract myself by taking another look at that never-satisfactory crossed-fingers kolobok. It's now done, and I think I am satisfied. (I will take another peek at it once it's uploaded.)
Here it is - a kolobok crossing its fingers for good luck. (The crossed fingers also signify hoping that all goes well; it is a symbol/gesture dating back to the crossing of index fingers to form a cross, as a way of invoking the power of the cross of Christ for protection. (That's an idea for another kolobok doing the crossed index fingers to ward off evil!) Over time, the gesture changed, and in English-speaking countries today, it means "hoping for good luck", and sometimes will mean "God's protection be on me/you". It can also be used to mean something else, if the crossed fingers are hidden (for example, behind one's back); in that case, it is used in a childish way when telling a lie, as a sort-of excuse or vitiation of what one is saying.
In Germany and in other German-speaking countries, I am reasonably sure that this same gesture is used in a similar way to the "white lie" excuse - as in, if one crosses one's fingers, the promise or oath being made is invalidated / vitiated.
And... here is the revised Farmer in Hardship kolobok.
Many thanks, Aiwan, for your suggestions on how to improve this.
And another version of it with thought-bubble clearly delineated... I'm not sure about this, but it is useful if the background of a light-skinned forum is slightly blue-ish (as otherwise the rain doesn't show very clearly at all):
In 2021, Sydney (the capital city of NSW in Australia) will host the magnificent King Tutankhamun exhibition for six months.
https://archaeology-travel.com/exhibitions/tutankhamun-treasures-of-the-golden-pharaoh/ will hold what will be the largest King Tutankhamun exhibition IN THE WORLD - for the last time before it heads back to Egypt to be housed there permanently.
Here is my King Tutankhamun kolobok:
The flail worked perfectly; the crook was a little harder to ensure that it didn't disappear into the background.
(Incidentally, I didn't have to work on the basic face colour of the kolobok for the gold effect. It glows with a gilded look with the surrounding pixels giving it context!)
And here is the gilded wooden guard of King Tutankhamun (Wooden Guardian Statue of the King):
At the moment, I'm working on a little spaceship for a kolobok playing a joke by pretending to be an alien.
The kolobok will be sitting in the bubble, first of all looking like a "little green man" and flying over the ground - cut scene to two or three koloboks looking terrified as they gaze upwards - and then back to the "alien" spacecraft where the "little green man" is revealed to be a normal kolobok from earth, chuckling at the success of his joke.
(Or at least, that's the plan. I don't know for certain that I can achieve it.)
EDIT: And here is the kolobok-pretending-to-be-an-alien in his own sequence...
Almirena, yes, the new farmer is noticeably better
Almirena, a lot of new koloboks I like your black sheep and the farmer, both... with bubble and without...
You are right, the finger-cross gesture in Germany means the same.
I am looking forward to your spaceship project. What a wonderful idea.
(The alien scenario will take a while. It's quite complicated!)
Just a quick little ghost...
Very nice and funny, Almirena
(I'm glad you like the little ghost kolobok. Perhaps in the future, I will make him pull off his sheet to reveal the live kolobok beneath!)
I became distracted by an Easter kolobok idea, which I've finally completed. The timing was quite tricky, as well as working out different ways to show the sadness of the women.
It is too large a file size to upload here, but I'll link from imgbb/ibb.
Great Idea, Almirena I like how you worked out the sadness and joy of the women. 293 frames - wow!
The number of frames was definitely intimidating!
(I just edited a few of those frames to make the women's movements a little smoother; it was a bit choppy and discontinuous moving from the weeping to the astonishment to the joyful segments.)
For some reason, I have wandered off into big cat territory.
My own cat, a very imperious emperor-like feline of ginger magnificence, may have inspired this. He is a very adorable yet very cheeky cat.
At any rate, I have here a rather ferocious lion (based on my circus lion) and a snoozing tiger.
Easter koloboks, this is probably not a smile, but a cartoon.
Our home "tiger".
(Kolobok cartoon - a good point.)
That is a BEAUTIFUL cat! The expression on your "tiger's" face is priceless.
Here is my wild little lion of a cat.
I had another inspiration and had to create it without further ado.
It's Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Aiwan and Almirena your cats are beautiful Almirena... the Dr. Jekyll-Mr.Hyde - Kolobok - great idea und very well done.
(I wonder if the Hyde slap of the bottle could be better...)
Here is a town crier saying "Oyez, oyez, oyez!"
A policeman and a policewoman (with Australian Federal Police uniform/hats):
Another kolobok that I had in mind for some time is Rapunzel letting down her hair.
At this stage I haven't added any hands; it may not need any hands showing as she lets down her hair. I will try adding hands later and see whether it's needed.
In the future I will probably add the kolobok prince climbing up Rapunzel's hair into the tower...
I mentioned that I would be making a kolobok with its arm in a sling... so I've finally got around to it.
A boy kolobok with his arm in a sling, and a girl version with her arm in a sling:
Some delivery vans - the first is a standard white delivery van (which are used by couriers who are sub-contracted by Australia post throughout Australia, to deliver parcels).
The second is a delivery van belonging to the parcel delivery "arm" of Australia Post - Star Track.
The third is an Australia Post mail van; these vans are used by Australia post drivers to collect mail and parcels from post boxes and AP post offices.
An innocent little lamb.
The farmer who is upset by the drought doesn't stand around all day holding a rake...
No, sometimes he's leaning on a spade.
I have also taken inspiration from your wonderful power tool / impact drill construction worker, Aiwan, in working on a construction worker using a jackhammer / pneumatic drill (the sort used to break up concrete floors or bitumen).
I was so tempted to use your beautiful safety helmet but I thought it would be more appropriate for me to make one from scratch.
(Also, unlike the impact drill version, I thought it might be better not to have a headlamp on it.)
I opted to go for the most typical colour (yellow) used for hard hats in construction - certainly as used in the UK and Australia - even though it risks looking washed-out in comparison with the kolobok's colour.
I've added safety ear-muffs to the hard hat, as construction workers would go mad if they didn't use them while operating the jackhammer!
(I've made two versions, as I wasn't sure with the first one that it was clearly a jackhammer.)
Other jackhammer version:
And... a whimsical kolobok scarecrow keeping away the crows.
(I was tempted to include corn growing in the background, but I think that would just make the scene too busy. It works well enough now, I think.)
I was worried at first that this kolobok would look like a crucifixion! - but it doesn't (thankfully).
I have been working on an old-fashioned lift (U.S. "elevator") with an operator wearing a bellhop uniform.
The bellhop girl is here separately:
The lift is here separately:
With just the lift operator in the lift:
Final version with a kolobok passenger:
Wonderful, Almirena. You are so busy. I like all your new koloboks - especially Rapunzel and the new farmer Your lift versions are great. Very nice!
Wäre es nicht süß, ein schlafendes Dornröschen-Kolobok zu haben? Vielleicht auch ein Kolobok von Dornröschen am Spinnrad? ... Außerdem ein Schneewittchen-Kolobok...
(It occurs to me that a Sleeping Beauty kolobok lying asleep - with the prince kissing her awake - would be quite cute, as well as Sleeping Beauty at the spinning wheel. Also, since we're in the realm of fairy tales, what about a Snow White kolobok?
And thank you; I took quite a lot of care with the lift kolobok, trying to recreate that wonderful old-fashioned look of the very early lifts with their wood panelling and decorative wrought iron grille. I am happy with how it turned out.
These would be very nice koloboks indeed....
Yes, I see... the lift koloboks are amazing, the look of the lifts are very well done, Almirena
Girl with handbag walking.
(Lift, this time with some passers-by as well, including the girl with handbag.)
Cow. >>>But I realised that Just Cuz had also made a cow kolobok - quite a cute and funny one.
Cow being milked by a milkmaid:
A partridge in a pear tree:
A French hen:
A common (Ring-necked) Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) with a gold ring in its beak:
Slightly tweaked version:
On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Five Gold Rings
It is highly probable that the gold rings are not literal pieces of jewellery, but - in keeping with the first half of the song Twelve Days of Christmas - are birds. The reference to gold rings must mean ring-necked birds. These are most likely to be Common (Ring-necked) Pheasants (Phasianus colchicus) which were introduced to England from China in mediaeval times. The neck is palely ringed; the main body of the pheasant is a ravishing gold, and the irridescent embellishments of this fine bird add to its beautiful and luxurious jewel-like appearance.
On the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Four Calling Birds
In the song Twelve Days of Christmas, most people interpret a calling bird as a song bird. However, the original song referred to "Four Colly Birds". The word colly means "black as coal or soot" so it is likely that the gift was four blackbirds (Turdus merula).
Two turtle-doves (European turtle-dove - Streptopelia turtur):
FINAL version which looks much better:
On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me Two Turtle Doves
(I wasn't happy with the first attempt; I think I tried to slim down the doves too much. When I made them plumper turtle-doves, and changed the branch to that of a hawthorn, it pleased me more.)
A flying greylag goose a-laying:
On the sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Six Geese-a-Laying
JUST A QUESTION: Given that these are at least intended to be bird koloboks (with a kolobok-based head and a kolobok-based body), am I transgressing by giving them little feet? (The feet need fixing, I know...)
Should I in fact be trying to make these as koloboks without separate head and body?
(It's just so very hard to convey the tiny details that distinguish one sort of bird from another if I keep it to a true kolobok bird as Cherna, for instance, did with that absolutely gorgeous bluebird. It's a magnificent kolobok, but I am not sure that I could achieve enough differentiation between each bird if I stuck to that concept.)
I noticed that Connie added a duck body to her ducks, and it's in that spirit that I decided to use the kolobok base (smaller) for each bird head, and a larger (sometimes stretched!) kolobok base for each bird body.
(And besides... with a partridge, two turtle-doves, three French hens, four colly-birds, five gold rings (ring-necked birds), six geese, and seven swans, it would be fatally easy to fail in giving each bird its own little personality and behaviour (as well as colouring and details) to distinguish it from the others!)
A firework of ideas, Almirena
I like the girl with the handbag and the cow...
I remember this cow version from Mother Goose Very funny, too.
And your birdies, especially the flying goose - very nice.
Oh! I didn't realise Mother Goose had also made a cow kolobok. It's wonderful - such clean lines in how it's been executed.
I know my pheasant needs plumper legs - more like chicken drumsticks, even though that seems such a crude thought in comparison with the amazing beauty of the pheasant. (Sacrilege, I know, in light of how beautiful the pheasant is! but I have a wonderful Christmas recipe for roast pheasant...)
I don't think one can see the freckles on the little red-headed farm boy bringing the milking pail to the milkmaid; I might see if I can do something about that, perhaps by having him face the front with all of his freckles clearly on display. He should also have his own separate little kolobok identity; ditto for the milkmaid with her mob-cap. (I was pleased with how the mob-cap turned out, and I think a separate kolobok maid will be adorable.)
At the moment I'm working on the dancing lady for the "Nine ladies dancing". To make sure that this kolobok clearly shows a "lady" dancing, rather than just a girl dancing, it seemed to me that it had to be a girl kolobok with a wonderful mediaeval headdress.
<- static idea
The movements have been quite challenging; I'm basing them on a pre-1600s type of dance, with precise hand movements.
I'm going to be faced with a similar situation when I work on the "Ten lords a-leaping". It can't just be a leaping boy kolobok as it must convey the idea of a lord. I didn't want to make this a Victorian-style lord (using a top hat); so far I am thinking of making it a Renaissance hat in dark red and gold, in one of the styles worn by noblemen. We'll see...
And here is my swan a-swimming.
On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me Seven Swans a-Swimming
(I may re-work the neck; it looks a little clumsy. I wonder whether the water is perhaps too choppy; it looks more like the sea than a lake or pond! Well, I'll think about it...)
On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Nine Ladies Dancing
This is my mediaeval lady a-dancing:
(I might make the veil on the kolobok from the back view come down from the headpiece to lightly cover the kolobok.)
On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Ten Lords a-Leaping
This is my renaissance lord a-leaping:
I wanted to be sure that he looked lordly, in strong contrast to the pipers and drummers that will be coming up. I suppose I could have made the leaping lord a knight wearing his shiny helmet, but no lord ever wore armour while dancing or leaping about! (Clank, clank, clank...)
A momentary detour from the Twelve Days of Christmas...
I have the idea for Dornröschen / Sleeping Beauty, although so far she is just lying asleep in the bed to which she was carried after pricking her finger on the spindle:
or with both hands showing:
So far it's really just a girl kolobok asleep in an ornate old-fashioned bed. The prince must enter the scene and waken the Sleeping Beauty before it can truly become a Sleeping Beauty kolobok.
EDIT: The green bedclothes make it hard for the kolobok princess to stand out, so I've made them red:
In preparation for the eleven pipers piping (for the eleventh day of Christmas), I wondered what sort of pipe would be appropriate.
I decided upon a shawm, which is a mediaeval woodwind (a type of pipe) that has a flaring "bell" like that of a trumpet. Unlike a trumpet, though, it's made of wood. Its interesting look should (I hope) do nicely for the piper.
The piper must have a colourful hat suitable to a mediaeval or renaissance street musician:
On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me Eleven Pipers piping
This is my Mediaeval/Renaissance piper piping (three iterations):
(I've used mediaeval music notation to indicate the music, but I'm not quite sure that it works.)
For my drummer drumming, I wanted another eye-catching hat that would be worn by an itinerant musician striking his drum.
<-- static design
I'm going to make the drum itself a tabor:
But it needed a bit of reworking...
On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Twelve Drummers drumming
This is my Mediaeval/Renaissance drummer drumming (and the drum is a tabor):
Playing card characters: Queen of Hearts
Almirena, your musicians are great I prefer the first piper.
Dornroeschens/Sleeping Beauty: the red bedclothes look much better...perhaps you can add some roses ... climbing around the bed?
And the Queen of Hearts.... very nice idea!
I love the idea of roses entwining the bed. I'll see what I can do.
I'm glad that you like the musicians. I am extremely happy with them. The one that delights me the most is the mediaeval lady dancing; the movement involved had to be as precise as a gavotte... The piper and drummer are among my favourites out of all the koloboks upon which I've worked.
Here is another kolobok scene which grew out of the "crossing fingers for good luck" kolobok. It shows a cheerful little kolobok walking along, only to be suddenly confronted by a devil popping out from behind a tree. The kolobok quickly makes the ancient "crossed fingers" sign, and the devil is banished.
And a spinning devil...
(I tried so many different styles of horn, but most of them looked like a jester's hat. I think I finally hit on the right image.
I like both, Almirena ... very nice scene with the banished devil
(Thank you for the encouragement, Reny!)
Here is a sunflower, enjoying the warmth of the sun:
Your sunflower is very cute, Almirena
Charlie Chaplin..... so amazing and so typical..well done
I looked closely at a clip of Charlie Chaplin's walk to give me inspiration for that kolobok. (He doesn't actually move his head like the kolobok, but it seemed to be the best way to get across the idea of the way he walked, since koloboks don't have legs!
I forgot to upload my butterfly-fairy kolobok spreading fairy dust earlier:
And... because it would be a pity to waste those wings, here is a rainbow butterfly:
I will probably work more on this because at the moment there is only one expression on the butterfly's face.
Here's the rainbow butterfly with some further working:
A black-and-white version of Charlie Chaplin:
The alien disguise (with different eyes - more alien-looking):
Very nice Butterflies, I like especially the fairy
The Black and White-Version of Charlie Chaplin and the alien disguise look awesome, Almirena
Reny, you are so encouraging!
I have another butterfly - this time a crimson butterfly.
Plus a butterfly in teal.
(I'll think about some other butterflies for the future. For instance:
glasswing butterfly (which would look stunning if I had it sitting on a flower so that the transparency of its wings would show clearly)
spicebrush swallowtail with its glossy black wings featuring a radiant aqua section with pipings/dots of yellow
banded peacock butterfly
Wallace's golden birdwing butterfly
Also... I've edited my scarecrow to improve it.
Have you ever been to a carnival or fair, where one of the stalls offered the Laughing Clowns game?
There would be several of these automated (coin-operated) clown heads solemnly and grotesquely turning to one side, and then back again, over and over, while the person playing would try to roll a ball into the wide open mouth of the clown so that the ball would roll down the correct lane.
They always fascinated me, those inexorably turning clown heads with the gaping mouths!
I'm working on the Queen of Spades (playing card) at the moment.
<-- static idea
Oh! I realised that this above court card is from a completely different set! So... I have managed to identify the set from which my Queen of Hearts kolobok came - it's the Empire State deck.
I will make sure that the kolobok playing cards will all be based on the Empire State deck. But the kolobok versions will be Kolobok State deck playing cards.
<-- static idea of Queen of Spades, Kolobok State playing card set
Completed version: Queen of Spades playing card (Kolobok State set)
Queen of Clubs playing card (Kolobok State set)
... and the final Lady for the playing cards...
Queen of Diamonds playing card (Kolobok State set)
I think that when I initially uploaded the Queen of Hearts card, it didn't have all of the details that I've now added, so here is the current version:
All of the Ladies in the set:
Great work with the playing cards...and a wonderful idea, Almirena. I would like to play with these cards.
So would I, Reny... I wonder if it's possible to code a game like that.
Here's the first of my Kings. (It also reminds me that I didn't put any crowns on my Queens' heads; perhaps I should. A thinner crown than the king's crown, of course... Hmm. I'll think about it.)
King of Hearts playing card (Kolobok State set)
King of Clubs playing card (Kolobok State set)
King of Diamonds playing card (Kolobok State set)
King of Spades playing card (Kolobok State set)
Ace of Spades, Ace of Hearts, Ace of Clubs, Ace of Diamonds playing cards (Kolobok State set)
Amazing, Almirena...really nice koloboks playing cards!
The two Jokers - one red, and one black - playing cards (Kolobok State set)
Sorry I'm late to the party... so a few comments
Hello, BradLee - it's good to see another Kolobok fan here, especially a fellow Australian.
Have you been creating any koloboks of late?
The police koloboks presented a challenge. I learned through painful experience that those chequerboard designs are NOT simple to make.
I'm glad you like the b&w Charlie Chaplin; I enjoyed working on that.
Hmm... re the traffic light... that is definitely a point worth considering. A thumb's-up or even a beckoning gesture would work very well.
The two One-Eyed Jacks... Jack of Spades and Jack of Hearts -
& the Jack of Clubs & the Jack of Diamonds - playing cards (Kolobok State set)
I used to draw smileys. Koloboks and other styles.
Sadly most of my time is taken up these days.
And any little free time that I *do* have is spent working on my own website instead.
I might get back to it one of these days though.
I would like to see your koloboks. I had a vague memory that the boomerang kolobok was one of yours, but I have double-checked and realise that it's DrDiesel's work.
When I was in my first year at uni, I had some unpublished manuscripts on a computer which was misbehaving. While I was out of the house, my father called a so-called computer technician who decided that the only fix was to reformat the hard drive... I lost writings and some other files that could not be retrieved, even though I ended up paying a data recovery company. (They retrieved about ㉏ - 90% of the files. Murphy's Law... the really important stuff was gone for ever.)
If you do find any of your works, I hope you post them here.
EDIT: I had to edit "eighty" in numeral form to a html character, as otherwise it kept on rendering as a kolobok. ... (see?)
Hi BradLee....nice to see you here again
Clubs suit (1-10) - playing cards (Kolobok State set)
The cards so far...
The remaining cards:
The complete card deck of Kolobok State cards:
Almirena - great -so nice, an amazing work and a great idea. I really like the king's animation with the crown...and my favorites are the jokers.
Thank you, Reny. These were amazing to work on; the court cards in particular (K, Q, J) took a great deal of time and many moments of frustration to get the colours and details to look right at 100%.
New kolobok - a customer service representative:
BradLee, I do not mind suggestions at all. Sometimes they give another perspective, or added weight to something, and I'm very conscious of not being a gifted artist and having had to learn kolobok-making from scratch by examining other people's koloboks in detail, sometimes frame by frame.
My koloboks are done pixel by pixel in close-up, then reducing them down to 100% again to examine them anxiously (to see if what worked in zoom works in the correct size), zooming in because almost always it does NOT look the way I want it to, and so on. It can be frustrating when the little kolobok or its accoutrements look muddy or unclear at 100%, and I have to play around with the colours or amount of detail or any of a number of factors.
With the card koloboks, I have a grey shadow line (single pixel border, #DBDBDB) and rounded edges on the right and lower sides of the cards, to give the definition that I hoped would be just enough to stop the cards from disappearing against light backgrounds. I think it works, but if it turns out not to, I would reluctantly change it. (I wanted just that subtle definition!)
Thank you re the boy and girl kolobok with slings. (I used the memory of my own arm in a sling as the mental model.)
Re the Laughing Clowns - oh rats. I think you may be right. Another person has insisted that the neck movement doesn't go far enough, even though I tried to base my kolobok version on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3h0EPHzvTQ (especially from 16 seconds in). I am going to increase the movement to 180°. Thanks for the honest feedback!
Sleeping Beauty's bed with roses... trying to see if it works...
Sometimes those little koloboks feel the spirit of adventure take hold of them. They want to go off into the wide blue yonder, seeking out thrills and excitement.
I couldn't resist answering the kolobok's call for adventure, and gave this kolobok a jetpack.
Sleeping Beauty has got a new bed, it is so pretty.
And now... another kolobok idea which I'd been thinking about for a while... a girl kolobok jumping out of a cake.
Very cute ....now I miss a boy, jumping out of a cake?
I am sure that the boy version of the cake-jumper can be arranged...
Thank you, BradLee.
How often do koloboks need to eat? In case they're feeling hungry, here is a kolobok heating up his lasagne in the microwave.
(I haven't attended to the cake-jumping boy kolobok yet...)
Kolobok boy jumping out of cake:
Great, now we have a boy, jumping out of the cake.
And the hungry microwave kolobok... amazing!
With the economy on the downturn, a little extra cash could always come in handy:
The koloboks can have all sorts of jobs. This particular kolobok was "discovered" while auditioning and starred in a film, and became a glamorous movie star!
I've been stuck for a while... A boy kolobok movie star just did not work at all; it looked silly. So I've abandoned it for now, and instead ...
...I present the Hokey Cokey kolobok:
I am thinking of a Miss Muppet kolobok scene, and in preparation for that, of course I'll have to have a kolobok spider.
Static idea, draft #1:
Second draft ideas
... and an idea that I had a while ago -
007, James Bond - the opening sequence:
Very cool...James Bond and the Hokey Cokey Kolobok I don't like spiders so much, but these ones are very funny.
Thanks, Reny. Like you, I am not fond of spiders - not one little bit. When I was working on those spider koloboks draft ideas, I looked at photos of spiders to check details... and ugh! There is nothing I enjoy less than looking at photos of spiders. Ugh, ugh, ugh!
That's one reason why I would prefer to have the kolobok spider in yellow kolobok colour, so that it would still have some of the kolobok cuteness factor rather than spider disgusting factor.
<-- The Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo da Kolobok.
A red-haired freckle-faced boy (a sort-of Ginger Meggs):
A maid (housemaid):
She is working hard at removing dirt from the wall, but nobles must keep walking by and interrupting, since she keeping bobbing respectfully so often!
Almirena, I like your nice new smileys my favourite one ist the freckle-faced boy
I like the freckle-faced boy myself, as well!
(He's so cheeky; I can imagine that he is just the sort of boy to play tricks on people, and get into a bit of trouble.)
Here are two new koloboks pushing a wheelbarrow - a boy version and a girl version.
I think I will create a Spanish flamenco dancer.
In preparation for that, here is the Spanish girl kolobok wearing a mantilla:
<--- static idea
Your koloboks pushing a wheelbarrow.. very nice and useful.I am looking forward to the flamenco dancer.
In the meantime, some pushing and shoving by two little boy koloboks:
These two little kolobok boys are gorgeous, Almirena
Merci... I'm glad you like them.
Here is a little kolobok girl who is gradually becoming more and more exasperated, until finally she's so annoyed that steam is coming out of her ears.
... and the boy version:
This is inspired by/a reworking of an emoticon that I found...
I don't know who the author was. The original was not a kolobok (I think) although it seemed to have been made by someone who was at least partially trying for the kolobok look.
I've changed it considerably. The scenario is an appointment with the doctor for a proctology exam.
Almirena, your newest creations are very cute and funny Nice work!
Thank you, Reny!
The "smoke coming out of his/her ears" kolobok was created as a result of a comment by someone whom I know from another forum. I thought "What a great idea for a kolobok".
I'm currently working on a flamenco kolobok. The hand movements are incredibly difficult to make. I wanted to include the "flores" hand movements, but making the hands look right does not seem possible unless the hands are slightly - just slightly - too large in my opinion. I think it's coming along... but it's taking longer than I'd expected.
Here she is... the little señorita exhibiting all the grace and passion of the flamenco... ¡Ay!
Ah... and I'd forgotten about the kolobok judges that I'd made.
<- Basic judge.
<- Judge with gavel.
<- Judge wearing glasses. (I'm not completely happy with it.)
<- Judge wearing glasses but also with a moustache. (It's not very clear. This doesn't satisfy me.)
<- This is a reworking of an existing design.
In honour of the hard-working, courageous and dedicated firefighters who work so tirelessly, in the grimmest of conditions, to fight the bushfires and blazes in catastrophic "Code Red" conditions throughout Australia:
The fires burning in NSW, Queensland, South Australia, and the northern part of Victoria are incredibly dangerous and uncontrollable. Hundreds of homes have been lost, and many blazes will not be controllable for the foreseeable future. The smoke levels in Brisbane (QLD) and Sydney (NSW) are dreadful.
On the -- day of Christmas, my True Love sent to me...
Christmas gift-giving koloboks:
A Christmas Nutcracker:
Almirena, I like all your new creations, escpecially the Christmas koloboks and the flamenco girl. Very, very nice
Thank you; it always helps to have some nice words of encouragement!
I'm continuing on the Christmas theme.
(I actually wanted to have a kolobok Advent Calendar set ready, but I'm lagging behind badly. It might be that I end up using other people's Christmas koloboks in the overall piece, which might be a bit of a cheek. I would rather ensure that I do each work myself.)
Here is the angel appearing to the shepherds as they watched over their flocks at night:
As that is rather large, here's a smaller version:
A Christmas stocking hung up over the mantelpiece is filled up with the traditional orange:
And... the angel playing its golden trumpet - no background:
The dark rich steamed Christmas pudding being brought out, with brandy custard poured onto it:
Enchanting snowflakes falling at Christmas:
I've also done a kolobok version of another smiley featuring a Christmas snowflake. (I don't know who created the original.)
Christmas candy canes hanging from some twine or tinsel - until along comes a naughty candy-cane thief.
Mistletoe tied up with red ribbon and hanging from the ceiling results in some traditional Christmas kissing:
Ding Dong Merrily on High
In Heav'n the Bells are Ringing!
Two versions - one with just the bells, and the other with a boy and girl kolobok enjoying the bells.
The Annunciation (Angel appearing to Mary):
A Christmas candle:
Mary and Joseph on their way to Bethlehem...
And... a donkey with a strong personality:
Almirena, thank you for all these wonderful creative Christmas koloboks. My new favorites are the donkey, the Christmas pudding and the stocking.... so nice!
That donkey is one of my favourites, too. Thank you.
Here is the Star of Bethlehem hovering over the building where Christ was born. I didn't make it a sloping-roofed stable, because it's not historically accurate! The buildings at the time in the Levantine were flat-roofed...
I really wanted to put a kolobok character into this scene, but it would have spoiled the idea of the star being the focus. However, that doesn't mean that I can't create a kolobok scene with the Magi from the East following the star...
Really nice animation, Almirena
I've just been designing the basic look of the Magi (Wise Men from the East).
I know that we really don't know how many of these Magi there were, but since tradition has it as three, I've stuck to that number.
Here are the three of them (darker-toned):
<-- static idea
Here are the three with more of an olive-toned skin:
I think I prefer the olive-skinned Magi.
As to what they rode... it isn't likely to have been camels, but more probably horses. On with the task of making an Arabian steed for koloboks!
A fine Persian horse with an ambling gait:
These fine steeds posing (various coats):
The Wise Men from the East (the Magi) following the Star:
(I may add caparisons to the horses later. I think it would add something beautiful to this scene. I also realise that I haven't included any rise and fall in the horses' gait, but of course the ambling gait is supposed to be very smooth, so I suppose that's an argument for leaving it as it is.)
I like the Wise Men very much and the horses look so elegant.
Happy Holidays, Almirena
Thank you, Reny.
I also wish you the most wonderful Christmastide.
May all the Kingdom of Koloboks be happy and peaceful this Christmas season.
A girl chef roasting something in the oven:
(It's too large to upload here, so I've linked from imgbb.)
One of my first kolobok attempts was to make a girl version of a chef kolobok. I don't know who created the original, and the resulting girl version that I produced was very imperfect.
I decided to start from scratch, and make my own little chef / home cook kolobok with a more modern-looking oven.
(The stove top should work nicely for a kolobok making a sauce or soup or something, as well!)
<-- static stove top
The girl chef stirring something on the stovetop:
So cute kitchen koloboks
I enjoyed making those kitchen koloboks!
I'm working on a well kolobok. At the moment I have the boy raising the bucket in the well, pausing, and then lowering it.
(The final version should have the kolobok taking some water from the bucket to drink.)
... with a wider bucket:
In the meantime, here is the basic (static) idea for Little Miss Muffet.
The kolobok spider which I made earlier is going to make its appearance into the final Little Miss Muffet scene, of course.
And here she is... Little Miss Muffet.
Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet
Eating her curds and whey.
Along came a spider
And sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away.
Спасибо, босс колобка!
I like the well kolobok scene...
and Miss Muffet...she is gorgeous
I had an idea for a rose kolobok. I'm not sure about whether it's really worked...
In honour of Australia Day, here is the Great Australian
And here is Australia (the living land).
A new idea... Snow White eating the poisoned apple, or Snow White with the seven dwarves.
It all starts with Schneewittchen... "[Sie] war so weiß wie Schnee, so rot wie Blut und so schwarzhaarig wie Ebenholz".
I experimented with making my little Snow White paler-looking, but in my opinion it didn't succeed in giving her the Snow White look. It just looked anaemic!
So... here is the basic Snow White idea.
<-- static concept
(Rejected paler version: )
Basic idea for the Wicked Queen disguised as the old woman with apples to bestow:
I like the rose.
Nice Australia koloboks
I am looking forward to your Snow White, nice idea. It is not so easy to give a kolobok the right Snow White look
I'm glad you like the rose. (A friend gave a humorous comment about it, saying "There's something LOOKING at me, and it's batting its eyes at me!")
With Schneewittchen, I've tried two more versions - one is another pale version, and the second is with added rosy cheeks.
I may just stick with the normal kolobok colour but it's worth experimenting a little.
<-- paler version #2
<-- paler version #2 with rosy cheeks
<-- the original version from my previous post
... I think there's no doubt that the original kolobok colouring works better than the paler versions.
Snow White encounters the Wicked Queen who, disguised as an Old Woman, hands Snow White the Poisoned Apple.
The Wicked Queen asks her magic mirror:
"Mirror, Mirror, on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?"
... and the mirror replies...
She is beautiful
Almirena, wonderful kolobok with the poisoned apple and the mirror scene is amazing. Very nice
Thank you both, Vesperala and Reny.
One of the trickiest things for me to achieve with the disguised old woman was to have her simultaneously quaint-looking (like a kindly farmer's lady who wouldn't automatically frighten Snow White by her appearance) and yet somehow creepy - especially once she starts chuckling evilly to herself.
I also wanted to make the Wicked Queen look both attractive and haughty. (She's got red hair primarily to make it stand out from the golden crown, as I didn't want to give her dark hair like Snow White's.)
Here is the kolobok scene linking the two events: the transformation of the Wicked Queen into the Old Woman. The original story doesn't say that the transformation was achieved by magic; I suppose it could just be that the Queen was amazingly adept at disguising herself. But to simplify things, instead of making her put on a wig and heavy makeup and a false nose, and learning how to bend her back so as to look as though she's got rheumatism, I've just got her muttering a magic spell and waving her hand to achieve the transformation.
Excellent work, Almirena I like it so much.
Something entirely different - a kolobok doing the floss dance!
a wonderful floss dancer, Almirena
Yes, we need a girl version - without doubt.
... meet these equally polite girls...
...very polite and nice girls
I enjoyed creating Little Miss Muffet so much that I wanted to make some additional nursery rhyme koloboks.
So... I'm working on Mary Mary, Quite Contrary.
Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How Does your Garden grow?
With Silver Bells and Cockle Shells
And Pretty Maids all in a Row.
This is the contrary Mary: <-- static idea
Here is her Garden:
... and a first draft of Contrary Mary in her garden:
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