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Posted by: Almirena Jan 1 2018, 05:38 PM

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.

Posted by: Aiwan Jan 3 2018, 07:05 PM

Thank you smile.gif The girls will be happy. wink.gif

Posted by: Reny Jan 4 2018, 02:24 AM

Almirena.... really nice yahoo.gif

Posted by: Almirena Jan 9 2018, 12:16 PM

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

Posted by: Aiwan Jan 11 2018, 05:39 PM

There was some problem with adding works to the gallery. sad.gif

Posted by: Almirena Jan 13 2018, 08:07 PM

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...

Posted by: Aiwan Jan 14 2018, 06:22 PM

Цитата (Almirena @ Jan 13 2018, 10:07 PM) *
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?)

He is added to the server, but not to the gallery. Our gallery shows images from the database.

Posted by: Almirena Mar 15 2018, 08:30 PM

New - a gong. (The poor kolobok probably has his brains scrambled by the repeated whacking and swinging...)

Posted by: Aiwan Mar 16 2018, 07:18 AM

I think you need to work on the smile. It's bad when the meaning needs to be described in words. wink.gif

Posted by: Almirena Mar 16 2018, 01:48 PM

You're right; I'm hampered by my lack of drawing skill, I admit.

Posted by: Almirena Apr 5 2018, 06:36 PM

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!)


Posted by: Aiwan Apr 19 2018, 06:33 PM

Draw more friends.gif

Posted by: Almirena Apr 30 2018, 07:13 PM

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.

Posted by: Aiwan May 1 2018, 06:32 PM

Good job good.gif

Posted by: Almirena May 16 2018, 11:19 AM

I don't feel 100% happy about this Kolobok, but I do like the idea.

Melon ball.

Posted by: Almirena May 19 2018, 06:15 PM

Girl version of Champagne Drinking:

Cellist (orchestral/classical cello) - with all acknowledgements to Laie's original jazz bass.

Posted by: Reny May 22 2018, 06:41 PM

Nice, Almirena... clapping.gif I really like the Champagne drinking girl and the airoplane smilies.

Posted by: Almirena May 29 2018, 08:35 PM

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.)

Posted by: Almirena May 30 2018, 11:34 AM

2nd version of the scales / Libra:

Posted by: Almirena May 30 2018, 11:00 PM

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:

Posted by: Almirena May 31 2018, 01:40 PM

An orange:

Posted by: Almirena Jun 4 2018, 01:58 PM

Traffic lights.

Posted by: Almirena Jun 7 2018, 02:32 PM

QUOTE (Almirena @ May 31 2018, 08:40 PM) *
An orange:

I wasn't happy with the orange emoticon, and have reworked it.

Posted by: Aiwan Jun 8 2018, 07:53 PM

Nice koloboks clapping.gif

Posted by: Almirena Jun 11 2018, 01:46 AM

Girl version of Kolobok taking medication/pills/tablets:
Kolobok driving blue car:
Girl version of Kolobok driving blue car:

Posted by: Reny Jun 14 2018, 10:58 PM

Nice new smileys, Almirena good.gif I really like your girl versions. And the traffic lights! yahoo.gif

Posted by: Almirena Jun 18 2018, 11:11 AM

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.

Posted by: Almirena Jun 19 2018, 12:40 AM

I hope this kolobok conveys the story properly; it is a defibrillation (getting the heart re-started).

Posted by: Aiwan Jun 20 2018, 06:04 AM

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.

Posted by: Almirena Jun 20 2018, 06:58 PM

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.

Posted by: Almirena Jun 23 2018, 02:39 AM

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.

Posted by: Reny Jun 23 2018, 09:54 AM

Yes, the heart is much better now. clapping.gif

And such a nice circus set yahoo.gif

Posted by: Aiwan Jun 23 2018, 06:01 PM

Цитата (Almirena @ Jun 23 2018, 04:39 AM) *
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.


Posted by: Almirena Jun 27 2018, 01:34 AM

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.):

Posted by: Almirena Jun 30 2018, 10:36 AM

More for the circus set...

Circus elephant rearing up.

Circus lion jumping through fiery hoop.

Posted by: Aiwan Jul 2 2018, 08:12 PM

Цитата (Almirena @ Jun 27 2018, 03:34 AM) *
(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.):

Of course I do not mind smile.gif Draw if you like it. wink.gif

Posted by: Almirena Jul 6 2018, 08:20 PM

Thank you!

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:

Posted by: Almirena Jul 12 2018, 09:13 PM

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:

Posted by: Almirena Jul 15 2018, 06:53 AM

QUOTE (Almirena @ Jun 23 2018, 09:39 AM) *
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.

To my embarrassment, I realised I had left an extra set of hands on the surgeon at one point!

Corrected defibrillation kolobok:

Posted by: Almirena Jul 16 2018, 04:35 AM

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:

Posted by: Almirena Jul 18 2018, 08:01 PM


Posted by: Almirena Jul 19 2018, 10:43 PM

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

Posted by: Almirena Jul 22 2018, 11:28 PM

How the old 78s (phonograph / gramophone records) were made:

Posted by: Almirena Jul 23 2018, 03:04 PM

How the old 78s (phonograph / gramophone records) were made:

(corrected the bad frame)

(with a recording horn)

Posted by: Reny Jul 25 2018, 02:03 AM

You are so busy, Almirena yahoo.gif

All the nice flags wink.gif
I like the trapez act very much.... clapping.gif and the grammophone idea clapping.gif

Posted by: Almirena Jul 30 2018, 11:14 PM

Reny, .

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.

EDIT: Oh! I see it isn't displaying fully. Here is the circus strongman linked:

Also... the Great Sphinx of Giza:

Posted by: Almirena Aug 2 2018, 01:09 PM

Big Ben.

Posted by: Reny Aug 2 2018, 08:57 PM

QUOTE (Almirena @ Jul 30 2018, 10:14 PM) *
Reny, .

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!
yahoo.gif clapping.gif clapping.gif

Ja, Almirena, stimmt, ich bin aus Köln und freue mich wirklich riesig über die Kölner Flagge. Eine richtige Überraschung. yahoo.gif yahoo.gif Ganz herzlichen Dank, ist nicht einfach mit diesem Wappen, aber es sieht sehr gut aus und give_rose.gif

Yes, you are right, Almirena, I am from Cologne and I am very happy about the flag, yahoo.gif yahoo.gif this makes my day. Thank you so much, it's not easy with this weapon, but it looks very good.. give_rose.gif

The bear also is very well done, great work. good.gif

And I like Big Ben and the Sphinx clapping.gif Great! smile.gif

Posted by: Almirena Aug 2 2018, 10:57 PM

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.

Posted by: Reny Aug 9 2018, 01:48 AM

Almirena, (natürlich können wir uns duzen.) yess.gif

I really appreciate your work in drawing the Cologne weapon, it is very well done....and your other work, too give_rose.gif
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.

Posted by: Almirena Aug 11 2018, 04:34 AM

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.)

Posted by: Reny Aug 11 2018, 01:59 PM

Almirena, the Croation flag looks really great. clapping.gif

I am sorry you've had a hand surgery and I wish you a speedy recovery. give_rose.gif

Posted by: Almirena Aug 19 2018, 10:23 AM

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!

Posted by: Reny Aug 23 2018, 07:37 PM

Almirena, it seems you have to be patient. give_rose.gif Furthermore lots of luck for your hand, one day you will have recovered and make many wonderful koloboks. smile.gif air_kiss.gif

Posted by: Aiwan Sep 3 2018, 04:49 PM

Hello! How much I missed!

I returned for a long vacation and ... I leave for work moil.gif Almirena, recover and as soon as recover, immediately sit down to draw koloboks, otherwise they will not let you live peacefully within you. crazy.gif

Posted by: Reny Sep 6 2018, 11:45 AM

Hello Aiwan... welcome back give_rose.gif

Posted by: Almirena Oct 1 2018, 09:18 PM

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:

Posted by: Reny Oct 2 2018, 02:01 AM

I like your actor very much, Almirena good.gif smile.gif and also the Tank Engine biggrin.gif
Hope your hand will be soon better. give_rose.gif

Posted by: Almirena Dec 11 2018, 07:56 PM

I have thought of all sorts of kolobok ideas; one that just occurred to me was a bullfighter. We'll see...

Posted by: Almirena Feb 19 2019, 05:55 PM

A new kolobok - the carbon atom.


Posted by: Reny Feb 20 2019, 10:35 AM

Almirena yahoo.gif this is really great clapping.gif

Posted by: Almirena Feb 24 2019, 08:36 AM

Thank you - conceivably one could create a kolobok version for every element on the periodic table, but that's a lot of work!

Posted by: Reny Feb 25 2019, 09:23 PM

Yes, indeed wink.gif

Posted by: Almirena Mar 19 2019, 03:04 PM

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.

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.

QUOTE (Almirena @ Feb 20 2019, 01:55 AM) *
A new kolobok - the carbon atom.


Some of my Koloboks don't seem to be viewable.

Re-uploading to imgbb

Carbon atom

The circus strongman with two acrobats

The trapeze artists

Posted by: Almirena Mar 20 2019, 02:14 AM

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.

Posted by: Almirena Mar 22 2019, 09:41 AM

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.

Posted by: Almirena Mar 22 2019, 09:59 PM

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:

Posted by: Almirena Mar 23 2019, 04:53 AM

The Sun beaming cheerfully in space:

Posted by: Almirena Mar 23 2019, 10:05 AM

Here's Neptune (cleaned-up, etc.):

And Earth... I decided that I wouldn't add any spin, to avoid unnecessary complications:

Posted by: Almirena Mar 24 2019, 10:46 PM

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.

Still working on the trajectories for the final product...

Posted by: Reny Mar 26 2019, 11:25 AM

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.
Really great. yahoo.gif clapping.gif clapping.gif

Posted by: Almirena Mar 28 2019, 09:05 PM

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.

Posted by: Almirena Mar 29 2019, 08:23 AM

Another view of the solar system:


Posted by: Almirena Mar 30 2019, 04:54 PM

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.

Posted by: Almirena Mar 31 2019, 12:32 PM

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.

Posted by: Almirena Apr 3 2019, 05:00 PM

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.

I love a sunburnt country
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.

Farmers in Australia have been experiencing record droughts, record floods, devastating bushfires, and some notable mismanagement of river systems in drought-stricken areas (where water is being taken out to the point that the low water levels and high temperatures in the Darling River, for instance, were so low that blue-green algae (which starve the water of oxygen) bloomed, resulting in the deaths of millions of fish) have seen many calling for immediate remedial action.

In honour of farmers throughout the world, "doing it tough", here is my Farmer in Hardship Kolobok. (I don't know if it's obvious what I've tried to achieve - I want the Kolobok to be indicating that there's no rain to break the drought and that times are tough.)

Posted by: Aiwan Apr 4 2019, 03:10 AM

Very sad, I wish your farmers rain! sad.gif

Kolobok farmer is very indignant. And what he wants is not clear. pardon.gif

Maybe he needs to stretch his palm? Raindrops?

You can still threaten with a rake in the sky ...

Posted by: Almirena Apr 5 2019, 03:07 AM

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...?

Posted by: Aiwan Apr 5 2019, 03:19 AM

Yes, there are few horned koloboks biggrin.gif

Posted by: Almirena Apr 5 2019, 08:51 AM

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".

Oh there once was a swagman camped in the billabongs,
Under the shade of a Coolibah tree,
And he sang as he looked at the old billy boiling,
"Who'll come a waltzing Matilda with me?"

Who'll come a waltzing Matilda, my darling,
Who'll come a waltzing Matilda with me?
Waltzing Matilda and leading a water-bag,
Who'll come a waltzing Matilda with me?

Down came a jumbuck to drink at the waterhole,
Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him in glee,
And he sang as he put him away in the tucker-bag,
You'll come a waltzing Matilda with me.

And... a black sheep, with the slightest touch of "scoundrel" about him.

Posted by: Almirena Apr 8 2019, 11:13 PM


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):

Posted by: Almirena Apr 10 2019, 06:48 PM

In 2021, Sydney (the capital city of NSW in Australia) will host the magnificent King Tutankhamun exhibition for six months. 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):

Posted by: Almirena Apr 11 2019, 03:36 AM

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...

Posted by: Aiwan Apr 11 2019, 09:06 AM

Almirena, yes, the new farmer is noticeably better smile.gif

Posted by: Almirena Apr 14 2019, 03:09 AM

QUOTE (Aiwan @ Apr 11 2019, 04:06 PM) *
Almirena, yes, the new farmer is noticeably better smile.gif

Thank you. You are the big_boss.gif when it comes to wonderful kolobok ideas (as well as being the kolobok creator)!

Posted by: Reny Apr 14 2019, 11:50 AM

Almirena, a lot of new koloboks yahoo.gif I like your black sheep and the farmer, both... with bubble and without... clapping.gif
You are right, the finger-cross gesture in Germany means the same.

biggrin.gif I am looking forward to your spaceship project. What a wonderful idea.

Posted by: Almirena Apr 17 2019, 04:11 PM

(The alien scenario will take a while. It's quite complicated!)

Just a quick little ghost...

Posted by: Reny Apr 18 2019, 06:25 PM

Very nice and funny, Almirena clapping.gif give_rose.gif

Posted by: Almirena Apr 28 2019, 12:02 AM

(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.

Posted by: Reny Apr 28 2019, 07:14 PM

Great Idea, Almirena give_rose.gif I like how you worked out the sadness and joy of the women. clapping.gif good.gif 293 frames - wow! wink.gif

Posted by: Almirena Apr 28 2019, 11:07 PM

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.)

Posted by: Almirena Apr 29 2019, 08:44 AM

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.

Posted by: Aiwan Apr 30 2019, 06:27 AM

Easter koloboks, this is probably not a smile, but a cartoon. biggrin.gif
Our home "tiger". pleasantry.gif

Posted by: Almirena May 1 2019, 02:50 PM

good.gif (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.

Posted by: Aiwan May 2 2019, 02:19 PM

Nice kitty biggrin.gif

Posted by: Almirena May 2 2019, 06:35 PM


I had another inspiration and had to create it without further ado.

It's Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

Posted by: Reny May 3 2019, 03:58 PM

Aiwan and Almirena your cats are beautiful give_rose.gif clapping.gif Almirena... the Dr. Jekyll-Mr.Hyde - Kolobok - great idea und very well done.

Posted by: Almirena May 3 2019, 07:49 PM

(I wonder if the Hyde slap of the bottle could be better...)

Here is a town crier saying "Oyez, oyez, oyez!"

Posted by: Almirena May 7 2019, 04:12 PM

A policeman and a policewoman (with Australian Federal Police uniform/hats):

Posted by: Almirena May 10 2019, 12:24 PM

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...

Posted by: Almirena May 10 2019, 10:25 PM

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.

Posted by: Almirena May 11 2019, 04:53 PM

An innocent little lamb.

Little Lamb, who made thee?
Dost thou know who made thee,
Gave thee life, and bade thee feed
By the stream and o'er the mead;
Gave thee clothing of delight
Softest clothing, woolly, bright;
Gave thee such a tender voice,
Making all the vales rejoice?
  Little Lamb, who made thee?
  Dost thou know who made thee?

Posted by: Almirena May 14 2019, 07:33 PM

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).

Posted by: Almirena May 16 2019, 08:38 PM

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:

Posted by: Reny May 19 2019, 11:54 AM

Wonderful, Almirena. You are so busy. give_rose.gif I like all your new koloboks - especially Rapunzel and the new farmer yahoo.gif Your lift versions are great. Very nice! clapping.gif

Posted by: Almirena May 19 2019, 09:26 PM

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?

What fun!)

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.

Posted by: Reny May 20 2019, 11:16 PM

These would be very nice koloboks indeed.... smile.gif

Yes, I see... the lift koloboks are amazing, the look of the lifts are very well done, Almirena

Posted by: Almirena May 23 2019, 03:37 AM

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.

Posted by: Almirena May 24 2019, 03:37 AM

Cow being milked by a milkmaid:

Posted by: Almirena May 25 2019, 10:28 AM

A partridge in a pear tree:

A French hen:

Posted by: Almirena May 26 2019, 06:10 PM

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.

A colly-bird:
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

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!)

Posted by: Reny Jun 1 2019, 10:59 AM

A firework of ideas, Almirena clapping.gif
I like the girl with the handbag good.gif and the cow...
I remember this cow version from Mother Goose Very funny, too.

And your birdies, especially the flying goose - very nice. yahoo.gif

Posted by: Almirena Jun 3 2019, 05:11 AM

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...

Swan A-Swimming

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...)

Lady Dancing

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.)

Lord A-Leaping

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...)

Posted by: Almirena Jun 6 2019, 07:37 AM

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:

Posted by: Almirena Jun 7 2019, 10:59 AM

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:


Piper Piping

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.)

Posted by: Almirena Jun 12 2019, 06:45 AM

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...

Drummer Drumming

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):

Posted by: Almirena Jun 14 2019, 05:46 PM

Playing card characters: Queen of Hearts

Posted by: Reny Jun 21 2019, 07:03 PM

Almirena, your musicians are great clapping.gif clapping.gif I prefer the first piper.
Dornroeschens/Sleeping Beauty: the red bedclothes look much better...perhaps you can add some roses ... climbing around the bed? give_rose.gif smile.gif
And the Queen of Hearts.... very nice idea! good.gif

Posted by: Almirena Jun 26 2019, 12:48 PM

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.

Posted by: Reny Jul 3 2019, 05:05 PM

I like both, Almirena ... very nice scene with the banished devil clapping.gif give_rose.gif

Posted by: Almirena Jul 4 2019, 02:34 PM

give_rose.gif (Thank you for the encouragement, Reny!)

Here is a sunflower, enjoying the warmth of the sun:

Posted by: Almirena Jul 8 2019, 09:16 PM

Charlie Chaplin:

Posted by: Reny Jul 9 2019, 10:15 PM

Your sunflower is very cute, Almirena clapping.gif

Charlie Chaplin..... so amazing and so typical..well done good.gif clapping.gif clapping.gif

Posted by: Almirena Jul 10 2019, 04:57 PM

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:

Posted by: Almirena Jul 15 2019, 07:06 AM

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:

Posted by: Almirena Jul 17 2019, 10:52 PM

A black-and-white version of Charlie Chaplin:

The alien disguise (with different eyes - more alien-looking):

Posted by: Reny Jul 18 2019, 01:36 AM

Very nice Butterflies, I like especially the fairy give_rose.gif
The Black and White-Version of Charlie Chaplin and the alien disguise look awesome, Almirena good.gif yahoo.gif

Posted by: Almirena Jul 24 2019, 08:25 AM

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
sunset moth
eighty-eight butterfly
banded peacock butterfly
Wallace's golden birdwing butterfly

Also... I've edited my scarecrow to improve it.

Posted by: Almirena Jul 25 2019, 09:38 PM

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!

Posted by: Almirena Jul 27 2019, 09:44 PM

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)

Posted by: Almirena Jul 31 2019, 01:49 PM

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:

Posted by: Reny Aug 1 2019, 08:49 PM

Great work with the playing cards...and a wonderful idea, Almirena. give_rose.gif clapping.gif I would like to play with these cards. wink.gif

Posted by: Almirena Aug 4 2019, 03:50 PM

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)

Posted by: Almirena Aug 5 2019, 02:48 AM

King of Clubs playing card (Kolobok State set)

King of Diamonds playing card (Kolobok State set)

King of Spades playing card (Kolobok State set)

Posted by: Almirena Aug 5 2019, 07:20 PM

Ace of Spades, Ace of Hearts, Ace of Clubs, Ace of Diamonds playing cards (Kolobok State set)

Posted by: Reny Aug 6 2019, 01:46 AM

Amazing, Almirena...really nice koloboks playing cards! clapping.gif clapping.gif

Posted by: Almirena Aug 7 2019, 10:50 AM

The two Jokers - one red, and one black - playing cards (Kolobok State set)

Posted by: BradLee Aug 7 2019, 06:00 PM

Sorry I'm late to the party... so a few comments

QUOTE (Almirena @ Jun 4 2018, 08:58 PM) *
Traffic lights.

This is good, but I think for the green light maybe a thumb up might be better instead of a nod?

QUOTE (Almirena @ May 7 2019, 11:12 PM) *
A policeman and a policewoman (with Australian Federal Police uniform/hats):

These are fantastic!!! as a fellow Aussie, I can also appreciate that the uniforms are very accurate. shok.gif clapping.gif

QUOTE (Almirena @ Jul 18 2019, 05:52 AM) *
A black-and-white version of Charlie Chaplin:

I love the B & W version of this smiley. The disappearing movement is very well done and very authentic. good.gif yahoo.gif

Posted by: Almirena Aug 8 2019, 12:39 AM

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)

Posted by: BradLee Aug 8 2019, 05:20 AM

Hi Almirena,

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.

Posted by: Almirena Aug 8 2019, 05:03 PM

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.

Posted by: BradLee Aug 9 2019, 04:49 AM

QUOTE (Almirena @ Aug 9 2019, 12:03 AM) *
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.

Yep. The boomerang was DrD's work.

I don't even know where my smileys ARE anymore. I know I posted a few on here, and a few on the (now deleted) SmileyGenerator forums. I probably have some scattered across a few of my old backups too, but they are certainly not all in the one place. Some of them I've probably lost for good.

Posted by: Almirena Aug 9 2019, 01:21 PM

Oh no!

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 - 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. mega_shok.gif ... (see?)

Posted by: Reny Aug 9 2019, 02:32 PM

Hi BradLee....nice to see you here again yahoo.gif

Posted by: BradLee Aug 9 2019, 04:45 PM

QUOTE (Reny @ Aug 9 2019, 09:32 PM) *
Hi BradLee....nice to see you here again yahoo.gif

Hi Reny... it's nice to see you too. give_rose.gif

QUOTE (Almirena @ Aug 9 2019, 08:21 PM) *
Oh no!

If you do find any of your works, I hope you post them here.

I am not so worried. They were all fairly simple to make.

Besides, now I have even more incentive to make some newer/better ones. wink.gif

Posted by: Almirena Aug 10 2019, 08:50 PM

Clubs suit (1-10) - playing cards (Kolobok State set)

The cards so far...

Posted by: Almirena Aug 12 2019, 08:54 PM

The remaining cards:

The complete card deck of Kolobok State cards:

Posted by: Reny Aug 14 2019, 06:36 PM

Almirena - great -so nice, an amazing work and a great idea. clapping.gif clapping.gif I really like the king's animation with the crown...and my favorites are the jokers. good.gif

Posted by: Almirena Aug 15 2019, 07:04 PM

curtsey.gif 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:

Posted by: BradLee Aug 15 2019, 11:49 PM

QUOTE (Almirena @ Aug 13 2019, 03:54 AM) *
The complete card deck of Kolobok State cards:


Those must have taken ages. shok.gif clapping.gif
Maybe they could do with a border on the card edges though, so it doesn't "wash" on a light background?

QUOTE (Almirena @ May 11 2019, 05:25 AM) *
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:

These are wonderful too!!! I forgot to comment on them earlier. clapping.gif yahoo.gif

QUOTE (Almirena @ Jul 26 2019, 04:38 AM) *
Have you ever been to a carnival or fair, where one of the stalls offered the Laughing Clowns game?

They always fascinated me, those inexorably turning clown heads with the gaping mouths!

This is really well done. And I think you have nailed the turning movement.
One small change I would make though is to make ithe head turn just as far in the other direction.
Then it would be perfect! wink.gif

I hope you don't mind my suggestions too much. give_rose.gif

Posted by: Almirena Aug 16 2019, 09:49 AM

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 (especially from 16 seconds in). I am going to increase the movement to 180°. Thanks for the honest feedback!

Posted by: Almirena Aug 17 2019, 06:00 PM

Sleeping Beauty's bed with roses... trying to see if it works...

Posted by: Almirena Aug 17 2019, 11:48 PM

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.

Posted by: Reny Aug 18 2019, 02:54 AM

Sleeping Beauty has got a new bed, it is so pretty. clapping.gif

QUOTE (Almirena @ Aug 17 2019, 10:48 PM) *
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.

Awesome animation and a very nice idea, Almirena good.gif

Posted by: Almirena Aug 18 2019, 07:31 AM

give_rose.gif curtsey.gif

And now... another kolobok idea which I'd been thinking about for a while... a girl kolobok jumping out of a cake.

Posted by: Reny Aug 18 2019, 09:44 PM

Very cute clapping.gif I miss a boy, jumping out of a cake? mosking.gif

Posted by: Almirena Aug 19 2019, 11:06 PM

I am sure that the boy version of the cake-jumper can be arranged... good.gif

Posted by: BradLee Aug 22 2019, 02:01 AM

QUOTE (Almirena @ Aug 16 2019, 04:49 PM) *
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.

Well you are doing a fantastic job for someone who is not trained! clapping.gif

Posted by: Almirena Aug 22 2019, 02:08 PM

tender.gif 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...)

Posted by: Almirena Aug 22 2019, 10:34 PM

Kolobok boy jumping out of cake:

Posted by: Reny Aug 22 2019, 11:40 PM

clapping.gif clapping.gif Great, now we have a boy, jumping out of the cake.
And the hungry microwave kolobok... amazing! yahoo.gif

Posted by: BradLee Aug 24 2019, 01:59 AM

QUOTE (Almirena @ Aug 22 2019, 09:08 PM) *
How often do koloboks need to eat? In case they're feeling hungry, here is a kolobok heating up his lasagne in the microwave.

Great job. This one is making *me* hungry just looking at it. biggrin.gif

Posted by: Almirena Aug 28 2019, 03:12 PM

With the economy on the downturn, a little extra cash could always come in handy:

Posted by: Almirena Aug 29 2019, 09:06 AM

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!

Posted by: BradLee Aug 30 2019, 02:52 AM

QUOTE (Almirena @ Aug 28 2019, 10:12 PM) *
With the economy on the downturn, a little extra cash could always come in handy:

Excellent. clapping.gif

Indeed. I think a lot of us could do with some of that right now.

Posted by: Reny Aug 30 2019, 07:37 PM

QUOTE (Almirena @ Aug 28 2019, 02:12 PM) *
With the economy on the downturn, a little extra cash could always come in handy:

Great idea, Almirena clapping.gif

And the koloboks movie star...cute!

Posted by: Almirena Sep 7 2019, 06:20 PM


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:

Posted by: Almirena Sep 13 2019, 03:02 PM

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

Spider 1

Spider 2

Spider 3

Posted by: Almirena Sep 15 2019, 01:19 AM

... and an idea that I had a while ago -

007, James Bond - the opening sequence:

Posted by: Reny Sep 15 2019, 11:41 PM

Very cool...James Bond clapping.gif and the Hokey Cokey Kolobok good.gif I don't like spiders so much, but these ones are very funny.

Posted by: Almirena Sep 16 2019, 10:30 PM

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.

Posted by: Almirena Sep 22 2019, 06:04 PM

<-- The Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo da Kolobok.

Posted by: Almirena Sep 24 2019, 08:13 PM

A red-haired freckle-faced boy (a sort-of Ginger Meggs):

Posted by: Almirena Sep 26 2019, 03:11 AM

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!

Posted by: Reny Oct 3 2019, 04:41 PM

Almirena, I like your nice new smileys clapping.gif my favourite one ist the freckle-faced boy yahoo.gif

Posted by: Almirena Oct 6 2019, 09:42 AM

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.

Posted by: Almirena Oct 8 2019, 12:22 PM

I think I will create a Spanish flamenco dancer.

In preparation for that, here is the Spanish girl kolobok wearing a mantilla:

<--- static idea

Posted by: Reny Oct 8 2019, 01:50 PM

clapping.gif Your koloboks pushing a wheelbarrow.. very nice and useful.I am looking forward to the flamenco dancer. smile.gif

Posted by: Almirena Oct 9 2019, 04:58 PM


In the meantime, some pushing and shoving by two little boy koloboks:

Posted by: Reny Oct 12 2019, 12:14 AM

These two little kolobok boys are gorgeous, Almirena yahoo.gif

Posted by: Almirena Oct 18 2019, 11:59 AM

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:

Posted by: Almirena Oct 20 2019, 12:35 PM

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.

Posted by: Reny Oct 31 2019, 10:48 PM

Almirena, your newest creations are very cute and funny clapping.gif clapping.gif Nice work!

Posted by: Almirena Nov 8 2019, 09:26 AM

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.

Posted by: Almirena Nov 13 2019, 02:25 PM

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.

Posted by: Almirena Nov 23 2019, 07:14 PM

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.

A normal level of particles in the air in Brisbane is around 10 units (micrograms of particles per one cubic metre of air). On Monday, November 11, the sensors around Brisbane measured values up to 400 units, the highest level since a large dust storm hit the city in 2009.

"When the air quality index reaches 200 a hazard warning is issued, and current readings are as high as 750 in inner-city suburbs in Sydney." The density of the smoke in the city has been deemed poor, meaning it poses a risk to people with heart or lung conditions.

Firefighters / firemen are among the bravest, most dedicated and highly skilled individuals. They face dreadful conditions, appalling danger, and taxing emotional tolls throughout much of their work. I cannot applaud them highly enough.

EDIT: more compact version.

Posted by: Almirena Dec 2 2019, 06:54 PM

On the -- day of Christmas, my True Love sent to me...

Christmas gift-giving koloboks:

Posted by: Almirena Dec 4 2019, 01:12 AM

A Christmas Nutcracker:

Posted by: Reny Dec 5 2019, 12:45 PM

Almirena, I like all your new creations, escpecially the Christmas koloboks and the flamenco girl. Very, very nice clapping.gif clapping.gif

Posted by: Almirena Dec 9 2019, 05:09 PM

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:

Posted by: Almirena Dec 11 2019, 11:40 PM

A Christmas stocking hung up over the mantelpiece is filled up with the traditional orange:

And... the angel playing its golden trumpet - no background:

Posted by: Almirena Dec 12 2019, 03:05 PM

The dark rich steamed Christmas pudding being brought out, with brandy custard poured onto it:

Posted by: Almirena Dec 13 2019, 04:11 AM

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.)

Posted by: Almirena Dec 13 2019, 03:15 PM

Christmas candy canes hanging from some twine or tinsel - until along comes a naughty candy-cane thief.

Posted by: Almirena Dec 13 2019, 09:26 PM

Mistletoe tied up with red ribbon and hanging from the ceiling results in some traditional Christmas kissing:

Posted by: Almirena Dec 14 2019, 02:32 PM

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):

Posted by: Almirena Dec 15 2019, 06:30 PM

A Christmas candle:

Mary and Joseph on their way to Bethlehem...

And... a donkey with a strong personality:

Posted by: Reny Dec 16 2019, 12:18 PM

Almirena, thank you for all these wonderful creative Christmas koloboks. My new favorites are the donkey, the Christmas pudding and the stocking.... so nice! clapping.gif clapping.gif

Posted by: Almirena Dec 16 2019, 05:33 PM

tender.gif 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...

Posted by: Reny Dec 18 2019, 02:42 AM

Really nice animation, Almirena give_rose.gifsmile.gif

Posted by: Almirena Dec 18 2019, 09:22 PM

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!

Posted by: Almirena Dec 20 2019, 05:11 PM

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.)

Posted by: Reny Dec 23 2019, 10:09 PM

I like the Wise Men very much and the horses look so elegant. give_rose.gif clapping.gif

Happy Holidays, Almirena

Posted by: Almirena Dec 26 2019, 09:53 AM

Thank you, Reny.

I also wish you the most wonderful Christmastide.

May all the Kingdom of Koloboks be happy and peaceful this Christmas season.

Posted by: Almirena Dec 30 2019, 01:25 AM

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

Posted by: Almirena Dec 30 2019, 01:51 PM

The girl chef stirring something on the stovetop:

Posted by: Reny Dec 31 2019, 08:44 PM

So cute kitchen koloboks clapping.gif clapping.gif give_rose.gif

Posted by: Almirena Jan 12 2020, 08:40 AM

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:

Improved version:

Posted by: Almirena Jan 15 2020, 04:19 PM

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.

Posted by: Almirena Jan 16 2020, 03:21 PM

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.

Posted by: Aiwan Jan 16 2020, 08:02 PM

good.gif biggrin.gif

Posted by: Almirena Jan 17 2020, 08:49 AM

Спасибо, босс колобка!

QUOTE (Aiwan @ Jan 17 2020, 04:02 AM) *
good.gif biggrin.gif

Posted by: Reny Jan 19 2020, 06:58 PM

I like the well kolobok scene... give_rose.gif
and Miss Muffet...she is gorgeous clapping.gif

Posted by: Almirena Jan 23 2020, 02:52 PM

Thank you...!

I had an idea for a rose kolobok. I'm not sure about whether it's really worked...

Posted by: Almirena Jan 27 2020, 08:31 PM

In honour of Australia Day, here is the Great Australian BightBite.

And here is Australia (the living land).

Posted by: Almirena Jan 29 2020, 12:04 PM

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: )

Posted by: Almirena Jan 30 2020, 12:24 PM

Basic idea for the Wicked Queen disguised as the old woman with apples to bestow:

Posted by: Reny Jan 30 2020, 12:39 PM

I like the rose. give_rose.gif

Nice Australia koloboks clapping.gif

I am looking forward to your Snow White, nice idea. It is not so easy to give a kolobok the right Snow White look smile.gif

Posted by: Almirena Jan 30 2020, 06:51 PM

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.

Posted by: Almirena Feb 2 2020, 06:13 PM

Snow White encounters the Wicked Queen who, disguised as an Old Woman, hands Snow White the Poisoned Apple.

Posted by: Almirena Feb 7 2020, 12:06 AM

The Wicked Queen asks her magic mirror:

"Mirror, Mirror, on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?"

... and the mirror replies...

Frau Königin, Ihr seid die Schönste hier,
Aber Schneewittchen ist tausendmal schöner als Ihr.

(Your Majesty, thou art the fairest I see
Yet Snow White is a thousand times fairer than thee.)

Frau Königin, Ihr seid die Schönste hier,
Aber Schneewittchen über den Bergen
Bei den sieben Zwergen
Ist noch tausendmal schöner als Ihr.

(Your Majesty, thou art the fairest I see
Yet beyond the mountains 'neath the vault of heaven
Where dwell the dwarves, all seven,
Snow White is still a thousand times fairer than thee.)

Posted by: vesperala Feb 7 2020, 10:10 PM

She is beautiful good.gif

Posted by: Reny Feb 8 2020, 03:21 PM

Almirena, wonderful kolobok with the poisoned apple clapping.gif and the mirror scene is amazing. Very nice clapping.gif clapping.gif

Posted by: Almirena Feb 8 2020, 05:29 PM

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.

Posted by: Reny Feb 8 2020, 07:01 PM

Excellent work, Almirena clapping.gif good.gif I like it so much.

Posted by: Almirena Feb 10 2020, 04:05 PM

Something entirely different - a kolobok doing the floss dance!

QUOTE (Reny @ Feb 9 2020, 03:01 AM) *
Excellent work, Almirena clapping.gif good.gif I like it so much.

Thank you, Reny. angel.gif hi.gif (I think we need a girl version of the kolobok tipping its hat, don't we?)

Posted by: Reny Feb 10 2020, 04:36 PM

a wonderful floss dancer, Almirena clapping.gif smile.gif

Yes, we need a hi.gif girl version - without doubt. wink.gif

Posted by: Almirena Feb 12 2020, 05:32 PM

hi.gif ... meet these equally polite girls...

Posted by: Reny Feb 17 2020, 07:35 PM

...very polite and nice girls clapping.gif give_rose.gif

Posted by: Almirena Feb 21 2020, 03:36 AM

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:

Posted by: Almirena Feb 26 2020, 08:22 AM

Just a quick update...

I went into hospital on Monday for neurosurgery. I stayed in for two nights, but was released today - just back now.

I'm not supposed to do much in front of the computer for about 4 weeks... so kolobokking is probably going to be slow for a while. I think some lovely nurse koloboks gathered around a hospital bed may be the next project, to signify my appreciation for the wonderful nursing team (and surgical team, of course) who looked after me so fantastically.

Posted by: Almirena Mar 1 2020, 05:26 PM

Nurse taking girl patient's blood pressure in hospital:

Posted by: Reny Mar 2 2020, 08:51 PM

Almirena, the new Miss Muppet and hospital koloboks are very nice. yahoo.gif good.gif

I am sorry about your news... I wish you a full and rapid recovery give_rose.gif Good luck!

Posted by: Almirena Mar 3 2020, 07:16 AM

Nurses going in to St Vincent's Hospital (Melbourne):

Posted by: Almirena Mar 4 2020, 04:36 AM

QUOTE (Reny @ Mar 3 2020, 04:51 AM) *
Almirena, the new Miss Muppet and hospital koloboks are very nice. yahoo.gif good.gif

I am sorry about your news... I wish you a full and rapid recovery give_rose.gif Good luck!

Many thanks, Reny. I am recovering well. There will be a wait of a few months to see whether this surgery has fixed the problem...

Posted by: Almirena Mar 6 2020, 10:17 PM

Nurses taking girl patient's temperature and giving her medicine in hospital:

Posted by: Reny Mar 10 2020, 02:27 PM

So cute yahoo.gif

Posted by: Almirena Mar 12 2020, 01:59 PM

Reny, tender.gif

I don't know whether you've seen the news about Australians panic-buying toilet paper... but it's absolutely true. There are some foolish people who have gone through the supermarkets and bought up every roll, and that causes other people to worry about the shortage of toilet paper, and THEY have then thought that they'd better stock up on toilet paper...

At the moment, there is no toilet paper available anywhere (or it's sold out almost within minutes when a new delivery is made).

The video shows appalling behaviour on the part of two women (with a huge trolleyfull of toilet paper packs) who assaulted another woman who wanted just one packet of toilet paper.

Hereby is my Toilet Paper Wars kolobok creation:

Posted by: Reny Mar 12 2020, 05:55 PM

I heard about it, but I did not know the video, thank you, Almirena biggrin.gif

Your creation ist really good and they look so angry good.gif

Posted by: Almirena Mar 28 2020, 05:05 PM

Thank you, Reny. That was exactly the sort of expression I wanted on their faces!

It's a frightening world at the moment. I have two new little koloboks, protecting themselves and others by using a mask and hand sanitiser.

Posted by: Reny Mar 29 2020, 01:45 PM

Yes, very frightening.
Almirena, your new koloboks are nice and very well animated. clapping.gif clapping.gif give_rose.gif

Posted by: Almirena Apr 5 2020, 01:54 PM

Medical help is so important, especially at these trying times.

Here is the kolobok ambulance:

... and the kolobok surgeon:

Posted by: Almirena Apr 10 2020, 01:12 AM

Today it is Good Friday in Australia.

So much is shut down; we can't get together and celebrate as normal. At least there are some livestreaming events to help people still have the feeling of being part of something bigger than themselves.

Anyway, here is my Easter Crucifixion kolobok. (Two versions.)

Posted by: Almirena Apr 10 2020, 07:49 PM

Hunting for Easter Eggs:

Posted by: Almirena Apr 11 2020, 07:23 PM

Another version:

Posted by: Reny Apr 12 2020, 02:06 PM

All you new koloboks are nice. I love the Hunting Easter Eggs Koloboks give_rose.gif clapping.gif Happy Easter, Almirena, take care of yourself

Posted by: Almirena Apr 25 2020, 02:41 PM


Two new koloboks, both trundling along with a shopping trolley.

Posted by: Almirena Apr 27 2020, 08:44 AM

A girl kolobok carrying her suitcase.

This kolobok is ready to travel once COVID-19 travel restrictions have been lifted throughout the world. (In the meantime, the girl kolobok is watching YouTube, doing home renovations, practising new recipes, and using FaceTime or Zoom to keep in touch with extended family members.)

Posted by: Almirena May 3 2020, 08:50 AM

A little mouse kolobok:

A carriage and four-horse-team being driven by a coachman:

The same carriage and four horses with a passenger / Cinderella:

The mice being transformed into horses:

Posted by: Almirena May 3 2020, 05:46 PM

The Seven Dwarves from Snow White:

... Improved lantern, I think?

Posted by: Almirena May 5 2020, 06:19 PM

The Seven Dwarves mourning Snow White, who lies in her glass casket motionless and unchanging.

... and here is the version with the improved lantern around poor Snow White lying in her casket:

Posted by: Reny May 5 2020, 11:32 PM

Almirena, these new koloboks are great new ideas and so pretty clapping.gif clapping.gif I like the seven dwarves very much.

Posted by: Almirena May 8 2020, 11:17 AM

Thank you, Reny!

I'm very happy with the dwarves. I've tried to give them all their own little touch, apart from the different colour of each cap. I was toying with the idea of having one dwarf wielding a chisel, but I think it's just too small a tool to render successfully unless I go wildly out of scale - and then the chisel ends up looking like a big knife instead. I was so pleased, though, with the way that the pickaxes turned out.

Another idea with which I toyed was a miner's cart, but I think that's going to be better if I create it in a mine setting, with one or two dwarves sitting on it (on top of the gold), and the others running after it. (We'll see.)

Anyway, I headed back to the COVID-19/medical world for my next Kolobok idea. It's another "take" on using alcohol-based hand sanitiser to inactivate this coronavirus (by disrupting the fatty membrane), visualised as a battle against each virion and the squirted 70-90% alcohol hand sanitiser acting like a cannon.

Posted by: Almirena May 11 2020, 09:21 AM

Girl kolobok applying mascara and lipstick:

Posted by: Reny May 15 2020, 11:27 AM

The hand sanitiser is really great and the girl kolobok with lipstick and mascara...she is so lovely, Almirena clapping.gif clapping.gif

Posted by: Almirena May 19 2020, 02:00 AM

I'm glad you like my girl kolobok putting on her makeup and the hand sanitiser kolobok!

Here is a lockdown / self-isolation kolobok:

Posted by: Reny May 19 2020, 06:46 PM

Oh, poor little kolobok clapping.gif

Posted by: Almirena May 22 2020, 04:09 PM

He's under very strict "Stay at home" conditions!

Here is another kitchen kolobok. He's mixing up something delicious in a stand mixer.

Posted by: Almirena May 26 2020, 11:17 AM

I'm thinking of making an Australian series of koloboks.

As part of that, here is a koala kolobok, hugging a eucalyptus tree with some tempting eucalyptus leaves within easy chewing distance.

Posted by: Almirena May 26 2020, 07:18 PM

One of Australia's most extraordinary creatures is the platypus, with a bill like a duck, a furry body (it's a mammal), webbed feet like a frog's (but the webbing retracts on land), and the males have a venomous spur on their hind legs (like reptiles). The female lays eggs like a bird.

Here is my platypus kolobok:

... and here he is on land (or not in the water):

Posted by: Almirena May 27 2020, 05:50 PM

Another of Australia's weird yet wonderful animals is the echidna - specifically the Tachyglossus aculeatus, known as the short-beaked echidna.

Posted by: Reny May 29 2020, 12:20 PM

I like the "mixing up" kolobok...and the animals are wonderful. The animated water looks very good. clapping.gif clapping.gif

Posted by: Almirena May 31 2020, 11:20 PM

Thank you - I think that water is always interesting to draw with koloboks... So is glass (and mirrors).

I'm always fascinating by how the exceptionally good artists that were here drawing kolobok-style emoticons have conveyed glass and water and so on. Those are the koloboks that inspired me.

I think that I forgot to upload my music box ballerina...

... and the Chinese kolobok with a classical Chinese topknot:

Posted by: Reny Jun 2 2020, 01:01 PM

The ballerina is adorable yahoo.gif clapping.gif and nice animated with the mirror.

The Chinese topknot kolobok ....very cute and funny. clapping.gif

Posted by: Almirena Jun 9 2020, 03:20 AM


I was asked by a fellow forum member (a different forum) to create a Japanese-style kolobok emoticon:

(Perhaps I'll also re-use this Japanese kolobok in a more active way, wielding a samurai sword!)

Another idea also came to mind - the Dr Frankenstein experiment / the Modern Prometheus. (I always feel overwhelming sadness for the creature reanimated by Mary Shelley's Dr Frankeinstein. If he's a monster, he is so by man's design.) Anyway, here he is - the creature made by Frankenstein:

Posted by: Almirena Jun 10 2020, 03:47 PM

Social distancing:

A gondolier (I've experimented with the hat to get a good straw colour):

Doing push-ups:

Posted by: Reny Jun 18 2020, 09:45 PM

Nice ideas as always, Almirena. give_rose.gif I like them all very much, especially the gondolier. clapping.gif clapping.gif clapping.gif

Posted by: Almirena Jun 19 2020, 03:14 PM

The gondolier is one of my favourites...!

Here are two boy koloboks on a seesaw:

Posted by: Reny Jun 25 2020, 06:05 PM

So cute, Almirena yahoo.gif

Posted by: Almirena Jul 3 2020, 04:38 PM

This is a light version of Aiwan's "dwarf" character. (I see it as a berserker with an axe!)

I think something must have gone wrong (in the fourth frame) when Aiwan uploaded his original...

I've also made a girl version. It tickles my funny bone to see a berserker girl kolobok complete with lipstick raising her axe threateningly.

Posted by: Almirena Jul 9 2020, 11:44 PM

A carousel or merry-go-round:

Posted by: Reny Jul 11 2020, 11:15 PM

This carousel means a lot of work, Almirena clapping.gif clapping.gif Awesome! give_rose.gif

Posted by: Almirena Aug 17 2020, 12:07 PM

Oh yes... that carousel involved quite a lot of work!

Here is a new kolobok - relaxing in front of a cheerfully blazing fire in the fireplace.

(It's so cold here at the moment. The winter chills inspired this kolobok.)

Posted by: Reny Aug 17 2020, 05:36 PM

Very nice, Almirena.... good.gif

But we have a great heat currently wink.gif

Posted by: Almirena Jan 12 2021, 09:28 AM

After a hiatus in making koloboks, here is a girl with lawnmower:

(I did not feel like creating any more for a while; I have been so full of grief because of my father's death.)

Posted by: Reny Jan 12 2021, 10:06 PM

Hello Amirena, it is so good that you are back and you have created such a beautiful animation again. clapping.gif clapping.gif
All the best for you and your family

Posted by: pcasfer Jan 27 2021, 12:32 AM

QUOTE (Almirena @ Jul 19 2018, 11:43 PM) *
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

Hello Almirena.
I am a forum site manager and we'd love to see more work from you and the kolobok smiley series.
We could offer a modest retribution if we reach an agreement. We have periodical designing needs at our communities.
Please tell me of your thoughts.

Posted by: Almirena Jan 27 2021, 05:23 AM

Hello, pcasfer,

That is extraordinarily flattering.

I am nowhere near as skilled as many of the other "kolobokers" who created their koloboks/emoticons and posted them here. If your forum needs are not too onerous, I would be happy to make the occasional kolobok emoticon for you to use, and would do so without requiring any remuneration.

If your forum needs are more than that, and it ends up involving more time than I can easily spare*, we can talk about a payment situation. I do want to make it very clear that Aiwan is the absolute master of all things kolobok - the original maker and the inspiration for all other koloboks - so it would always be a good idea to acknowledge him as that progenitor.

*Some of the kolobok emoticons that I've made are very complicated and take quite a long time to create. An example is the carousel/merry-go-round - insanely tricky to make. Some are far less detailed and haven't been so taxing to make.

QUOTE (Reny @ Jan 13 2021, 06:06 AM) *
Hello Amirena, it is so good that you are back and you have created such a beautiful animation again. clapping.gif clapping.gif
All the best for you and your family

Thank you, Reny. It is a very difficult time for us, and I still find myself bursting into tears for no apparent reason sometimes... But I've got to be the strong one, especially for my mother.

Yesterday was Australia Day. In honour of it, here is a kolobok showing off one of the most iconic land features in the world - Uluru.

Posted by: Aiwan Feb 2 2021, 07:47 AM

yahoo.gif Almirena, все еще рисует! give_rose.gif

Posted by: Reny Feb 6 2021, 02:35 PM

Almirena I like your Austalian-Day-Kolobok. So nice... clapping.gif clapping.gif

Posted by: Almirena Feb 13 2021, 10:16 AM

Thank you for encouraging me. I truly appreciate it.

Here is the boy version of the lawnmower:

I'm currently working on Jack and the Beanstalk. This is a draft version with quite a bit more to do, but it gives some idea of what I am trying to achieve:

Posted by: Reny Feb 16 2021, 08:40 PM

Great, I like Jack very much clapping.gif clapping.gif

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