Summer Works

This summer vacation has given me time to work on my portfolio and relax. I have received a couple commissioned requests via Instagram (where I am @pensmudges) and spoke with a gentleman about exhibiting at Rabbit & The Dragonfly! Look for me there in the Spring.


Later this month, I am heading out to Columbus, Ohio to CCAD – Columbus College of Art & Design – for a college visit. In preparation for showing my portfolio there, I have been playing with color.

mandala pink

Another big thing … I am working on making prints from my work and setting up an Etsy shop! Little steps though. First, I need to get through my visit to CCAD!

(c) Zorina Eckman, 2016


MTHS Exhibit

Last Saturday I had several pieces exhibited at the MTHS Art Show. MTHS is Manheim Township High School. I’m a junior there. In addition to my pen designs, I also had two ceramic pieces.

Next year – if the school holds true to tradition – I should have my own studio space at the exhibit since I will finally be a senior. I can also sell my work next year from the show!

(c) Zorina Eckman, 2016

Paschal egg

Yesterday was my Pascha (Easter). Normally my mom places a pysanky in our basket to be blessed by Father after church. This year I designed the egg.

Pascha 2016

The design was done freehand using a Micron pen. The egg was simply hard-boiled.

Christ is Risen!

(c) Zorina Eckman, 2016

A tip for drawing mandalas

MandalaMandalas are so relaxing. This is the start of a new mandala. A recent conversation on Instagram led me to this art tip:

Sometimes I do actually draw mandalas freehand. However, I often begin them by making guidelines in pencil. Using a compass, ruler, or other such instruments, I map out what I want to do. Then I ink it.

Speaking of Instagram, if you haven’t already, I invite you to follow me. I go by¬†@pensmudges there.

(c) 2016, Zorina Eckman

My Christmas Gift

Christmas is always a tough time trying to find just the right gift for everyone. Thinking of everyone’s personality as well as my own is sometimes a tough blend. Like Christina Rossetti, I felt lost as to what to give everyone. And then, like Rossetti, I chose to give everyone “My Heart.”

Art is the one thing I enjoy. I put so much of myself into my art that I am literally my art and my art is literally me. I also love coffee and tea and as such I have a nice collection of mugs. My whole family loves coffee and tea as well so I decided to combine the two.Christmas Mug 2015

I selected an art piece and added a “By Zorina Eckman” line before sending it off digitally to make mugs. The result can be seen here on the right.

I was nervous but everyone really seemed to like their new mugs. I had done wearable art before (a pair of sneakers) but this is the first mug and it was the first I actually used as a gift.

(c) 2015, Zorina Eckman