Ragnar Lothbrok

Ragnar Lothbrok

Medium: Charcoal on Bristol paper

Original Dimensions: 19x24"

Year: 2016

Additional Details: Ragnar Lothbrok (actor: Travis Fimmel) - character from the original History channel's TV show based on historical events Vikings. Ragnar was a legendary viking leader and hero of Old Norse poetry and sagas from the Viking age.

King Ragnar: "Power is always dangerous. It attracts the worst. And corrupts the best. I never asked for power. Power is only given to those who are prepared to lower themselves to pick it up." (IMDB)

Brethren

Brethren

Medium: Charcoal on Bristol paper

Original Dimensions: 24x18"

Year: 2017

Additional Details: 'Brethren' is the most recent art commission for a dear friend of mine.

"For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack." — The law of the jungle. Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book

Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle

Medium: Colored Pencils

Original Dimensions: 20x13"

Year: 2011

Additional Details: Igor was inspired by the following scripture to create this drawing for his father's birthday. 
"but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." (ESV Isaiah 40:31)

Terry Meeuwsen

Terry Meeuwsen

Medium: Colored Pencils

Original Dimensions: 19x24"

Year: 2015

Additional Details: Terry Meeuwsen is an American television personality, co-host of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN)'s 700 Club. Terry Meeuwsen is the founder, director and visionary of the Orphan's Promise ministry. She is great influence in Igor's life and an amazing woman of God. This portrait was drawn as a present for Terry.

 

Tiger

Tiger

Medium: Colored pencils

Original Dimensions: A3 toned paper (~11.7 x 16.5")

Year: 2012

Additional Details:
"Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire." -Jorge Luis Borges

Creator Jesus

Creator Jesus

Medium and the Process: Collage (hand cut pieces of Rolling Stone Magazines glued on black poster board, with some art markers for detailed line work.)

Original Dimensions: 16x19"

Year: 2015

Description: This original artwork was prepared by Igor Papish for a competition entry to a Book Art Contest coordinated by Regent University Library. The withdrawn old books and other items like magazines that weren't in use by the Library anymore. The rules of the contest required participants to use at least a part of a book received from Regent University Library in the finished piece. This was my Igor's entry.

Additional Details: Jesus Christ is the Creator God. Not only does Scripture affirm it (John 1:3; I Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:2) but during His earthly life and ministry He did the very things we would expect the Creator God to do. Just look at the pallet of endless numbers of colors, that we humans cannot even name, and the Lord created them all, among everything in this world. 

Captain Jack Sparrow

Captain Jack Sparrow

Medium: Mixed Media

Original dimensions: A3 watercolor paper (~11.7 x 16.5")

Year: 2012

Additional Details: One of Igor's early portrait attempts. This painting was done in watercolors, watercolor pencils, and some pastels for the background. Inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean series, starring Johnny Depp for the role of Capt. Jack Sparrow.

Captaing Jack Sparrow: "The seas may be rough, but I am the Captain! No matter how difficult, I will always prevail." (IMDB)

The Professional

The Professional

Medium: Colored Pencils

Original dimensions: 12x18"

Year: 2011

Additional Details: This was the first colored portrait Igor has ever done. This drawing is inspired by one of Igor's favorite movies titled Léon: The Professional, directed by Luc Besson, starring a french actor Jean Reno in the role of Léon.

Léon: "Revenge is not a good thing, it's better to forget." (IMDB)

Parents

Parents

Medium: Mixed Media (Colored Pencils over Markers)

Original Dimensions: 24x36"

Year: 2015

Additional Details: This is a portrait of Igor's parents, created for Ivan and Lubomyra Papish's 40th wedding anniversary as a present. The artwork was done using prisma-color professional markers for the under-layer, and covered with colored pencils layers for the detail.

Love Cats

Love Cats

Medium: Mixed Media (Colored Pencils over Markers)

Original Dimensions: 5.5x8"

Year: 2015

Additional Details: The artwork was done using prisma-color professional markers for the under-layer, and covered with colored pencils layers for the detail.

"A tiger does not shout its tigritude, it acts."
-Wole Soyinka

Pomegranates Squared

Pomegranates Squared

Medium: Oil Paints on Canvas

Original Dimensions: 4 stretched canvases 30x30 cm (~11.8x11.8") each

Year: 2011

Description: Much like in mathematics, 2 squared = 4. These four still-life paintings of the two pomegranate fruits bleed out the sides of the stretched canvas, and combine into a single dynamic composition. 

Additional Details: This painting won, and was chosen in the recent Regent University competition, and hangs in the New Student Lounge of Café Moka since Spring 2016. 

Muay Thai

Muay Thai

Medium: Colored Pencils

Original Dimensions: 8.5x11"

Year: 2011

Additional Details: This is a drawing of Tony Jaa - a Thai martial artist, actor, action choreographer, stuntman, and director. It was done during, and inspired by Igor's stay in Thailand, Chiang Mai serving with Youth With A Mission.

Tony Jaa: "Never be afraid to fail. Failure is only a stepping stone to improvement. Never be overconfident because that will block your improvement."

Father and Son

Father and Son

Medium: Colored Pencils

Original Dimensions: 13x20" Toned Paper

Year: 2011

Additional Details: This is the first artwork Igor has ever done in color during the School of Illustration (3 month YWAM course).

“Some fathers and sons don't get along that well when they're younger because they can't find a way to reach each other, ... A father loves you dearly but you don't see it and so you're always trying to please your father, but your father doesn't let you know how he feels, which is, you don't have to please him because he already loves you.” - Braylon Edwards

Owl Flight

Owl Flight

Medium: Colored Pencils

Original Dimensions: 16x20"

Year: 2013

Additional Details: 
“The owl,” he was saying, “is one of the most curious creatures. A bird that stays awake when the rest of the world sleeps. They can see in the dark. I find that so interesting, to be mired in reality when the rest of the world is dreaming. What does he see and what does he know that the rest of the world is missing?” 
― M.J. Rose

Coffee Beans

Coffee Beans

Medium: Graphite Pencils

Original Dimensions: 18.5x11"

Year: 2011

Additional Details: A quick still-life sketch of a few roasted coffee beans. This drawing was inspired by Igor's stay in Kona, HI, with Youth With A Mission. Hawaii is the only state in the USA able to grow coffee plants commercially. 

"If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee." - Abraham Lincoln

John + Hannah Miller

John + Hannah Miller

Medium: Charcoal on Bristol paper

Original Dimensions: 19x24"

Year: 2013

Additional Details: This couple's portrait was drawn for John and Hannah Miller's wedding. John Miller is Igor's great friend, and an amazing man of God.