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Wolf Parade Poster

© Marsha Balaeva

Joe with a Jam

Animated music video for Frog Eyes.

© Marsha Balaeva

Joe with a Jam Animation Still

Still from an animated music video for Frog Eyes

© Marsha Balaeva

Validation

Digital mixed media illustration on the subject of self-perception of young girls in the digital age.

© Marsha Balaeva

Book illustration

Adult fiction book illustration to Victor Pelevin's novel 'Batman and Apollo'.

© Marsha Balaeva

Book illustration

Adult fiction book illustration to Victor Pelevin's novel 'Batman and Apollo'.

© Marsha Balaeva

Blood circulation and blood types

Blood circulation illustration with the probability tree of blood type distribution

© Marsha Balaeva

Ghostly Portrait

For Ghostly Portraits, Balaeva set out to investigate how people interpret multiple beliefs of inhabiting spirits and guardian angels by asking them to draw their inhabiting spirit. They have a large sheet of paper to sketch their spirit in any shape and size they wish. Their portrait is then drawn on the same page from life to attempt to join the two images into a single collaborative one.

© Marsha Balaeva

Ghostly Portrait

For Ghostly Portraits, Balaeva set out to investigate how people interpret multiple beliefs of inhabiting spirits and guardian angels by asking them to draw their inhabiting spirit. They have a large sheet of paper to sketch their spirit in any shape and size they wish. Their portrait is then drawn on the same page from life to attempt to join the two images into a single collaborative one.

© Marsha Balaeva

Ghostly Portrait

For Ghostly Portraits, Balaeva set out to investigate how people interpret multiple beliefs of inhabiting spirits and guardian angels by asking them to draw their inhabiting spirit. They have a large sheet of paper to sketch their spirit in any shape and size they wish. Their portrait is then drawn on the same page from life to attempt to join the two images into a single collaborative one.

© Marsha Balaeva

Marsha Balaeva

Biography

Marsha Balaeva is an illustrator and animator living in the North West. Having graduated with an MA in Illustration from University of Hertfordshire, she specialises in illustrating adult fiction using a range of techniques from fully hand-drawn to digital. Gravitating towards figurative drawing, her work is detailed, with strong emphasis on composition and often includes surreal imagery as a focal point. In addition to illustration, Balaeva is involved in a long standing collaboration with Canadian indie bands Moonface and Frog Eyes, which involves creating animated videos using stop-motion photography, puppets, drawings and digital animation. One of these music videos titled 'Faraway Lightning" was shown at KLIK! Animation Festival in Amsterdam and was at №8 in Time Out 'The 40 best music videos of 2012'. Her most recent animation "Joe with the Jam" for Frog Eyes was described by Pitchfork as "haunting and evocative".

Style/Techniques

Animation, Colored Pencil, Digital, Figurative, Fine Art, Line with Color, Mixed Media, Pencil

Subject/Specialties

Comic Book, Editorial, Health, Medical, Music, People, Portrait, Posters, Web Illustration, Feminine, Spiritual, Youth