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The exclusive update on Chistmas… from your Working Beauty Queen…

I will go on a holiday break until January 5th! I wish you all HAPPY HOLIDAYS and all the best for 2015… I might actually make a special “Awards for 2014″ video, but that is not finalised yet…

Hugs

Aldona

Need any learning illustration? Let me know! Message me on any of my channels please…

Check out my chocolate youtube playlist
Chocolate Stuff (Where I review different chocolates from all around the world)
Or where I sing songs
Singing Songs Like a Nightingale

World News With Iceland Special

December 12th, 2014

The exclusive update on all things… Iceland… I guess…

But check out
Silent Language of Leadership Programme in Iceland
Fly with Icelandair and watch Of Horses And Men

Need any learning illustration? Let me know! Message me on any of my channels please…

Check out my chocolate youtube playlist
Chocolate Stuff (Where I review different chocolates from all around the world)
Or where I sing songs
Singing Songs Like a Nightingale

 

I was hosting a youtube channel for a while… just for fun… but only now I feel confident to share it on this page. Do you like it? Would you like more updates in this format? A weekly news channel?!
The mind boggles! Please comment…

Creating Ivanka and Meaning

November 4th, 2014

jerryhalldayAfter 5 Season’s of Corporate Working Beauty it was time for a break. It’s not that I am tired of Sarah, Claire or Isobel… I just wanted to try something different. Create something new. And the idea woke in me to create an interpreter!

Actually the idea came to me in an exchange with a good friend of mine who in fact is an interpreter, she often writes to me bits and pieces about her experiences. But then I wanted to know more and she wrote this hilarious mail about the “interpreter booth” and how it looks like an aquarium etc… It all sounded brilliantly hilarious and I had to make a story out of it!

So this is it. With many thanks to Barbara Hegels, this comic started its first steps. And so the next weeks you will be able to read all about Ivanka the Interpreter. Ivanka is by no means similar to my friend, I think… Nor is this story a documentary. However Barbara helps me to ground this story in reality and acts as the trusted creative consultant! I am very grateful for that!

And the reason this story has a earned a place on this page is that it is a story about a professional woman in a profession that has not yet been explored at Working Beauty. A story about managing the daily madness, a story about management bullshit. A story about deformation professionelle and many other things that Working Beauty is about!

So I invite you all to dive into that tale of meaning, translation and interpretation…

Hugs
Aldona

Let’s talk about Boob Envy!

August 26th, 2014

boobies2What’s with all the cleavage?

Someone once said that I draw nice cleavage… And I often ask myself why?! And by all means maybe I have to face the Freudian truth:

Do I have Boob Envy?

What do you think? And now, slow, don’t judge! It is perfectly fine for men to have penis envy (according to Sigmund Freud) but why shouldn’t it be fine for a woman to have boob envy? And the nerve… to talk about it!?

I used to like the band “Army of Lovers”. Because of the Boobs! I couldn’t get enough of them! And now as I grow older and wiser, and realise that my breasts won’t grow anymore, I notice I feel slightly envious of women with bigger breasticles! I mean, c’mon, I hate Monica Bellucci! I despise Sofia Vergara! Oh my, I tell you, if I had the funds… I swear!

No but joking aside. I do try to channel my psychological traumas into my artistic work, and that also results in… cleavage on display! I just love to hate, and hate to love cleavage! And am I allowed to say that as a woman? I often feel repressed about that, and I thought, why not just let it out!… Yes I have Boob Envy! My name is Aldona and I got Boob Envy! What a relief!?

What is it that you are envious of in other people?

Tell me about it! Really curious!

This is not a feminist statement by the way! Just a human notion, thank you!

Hugs
Aldona

queenofhearts3What is Inspiration?

Don’t ask me… Go google it. But to be brief, Oxford Dictionary provides us with a definition: “The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative”. That sounds simple enough, but then some things make us feel, but don’t inspire… like if a brick would fall on your foot, you’d feel that, but would it be inspirational? … Hmmm, now that I think of it, maybe it would be! But I digress…

What inspires me?

Every person is inspired by different things. I can tell you what I am inspired by… and in turn maybe inspire you to seek some of those inputs out. And I am also interested in hearing what inspires you.

1. Lying somewhere in the dark and looking up to the stars (hence that dreamy/lying picture for this post)… Always does the trick for me to inspire me and both make me feel insignificant and yet also purposeful…

2. Books… I am pretty flexible, although I prefer fiction. I can read Sophie Kinsella, Clive Barker (who some of you would find gruesome, … and yes, true… but also very reflective on life and death and everything in between), David Mitchell (oh my, don’t even get me started on him)…

3. Music. Some artists who inspire me are: Mylène Farmer, Lily Allen, Lana Del Rey but also oh so many more…

4. Animation Series… Funny you would think my work is mainly inspired by cartoons, but actually the reason I draw cartoons are animation series. I always revert to Japanese anime series for major inspiration. Neon Genesis Evangelion for example. But I grew up with Captain Harlock, Gigi, Candy-Candy and (non-Japanese) Mysterious City of Gold!

5. Animation Movies… Anything from the Ghibli Studios really. And no, not the Hollywood/Disney type of animation. With some exceptions those were nice to look at, but they never really inspired me. I implore you to watch Hayao Miyazake’s Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and/or Howl’s Moving Castle!

6. Movies… Go watch Lucy by Luc Besson (or even better, one of his previous efforts Angel-A… and I challenge you not to cry the last 10 minutes straight)! ’nuff said! (Oh and don’t even ask me if i like the new instalment of Transformers, because I didn’t see it and I don’t care!)

7. The Art of Drag… (and if you don’t know what I mean, then that one is probably not for you… or google RuPaul and find out for yourself)

Apart from that, of course other people inspire me CONSTANTLY (but that’s kind of obvious, isn’t it? We all inspire each other in this world)… conversations… trying to make sense of stuff!… But the one thing I try to avoid is daily news or movies based on true events (unless events were uplifting), because I find life to be somewhat depressing at times!

What inspires you?

I gave you quite a run for your money, haven’t I?… so please, let me know what inspires you! I am interested and very happy to broaden my horizon!! Bring it on!

Hugs
Aldona

somethinginmyshirtWhere’s the world at?

As an artist I am often overcome with emotions and sensations. And also by the darkness of the world at times. With conflicts in Israel and Ukraine, planes being shot out of the sky and wars in countless other places… How does that reflect on us? On our society? I ask myself many questions and I realise that some of that darkness has found a way into my work. I hope you don’t mind.

Why are we here? Where are we going?

What are your questions about our human existence? I am curious! Is it too heavy? I guess, that’s the process of reflection and learning. But answers are elusive. Working Beauty doesn’t want to answer questions either, but it wants to ask as many as possible. It is about our own accountability to evolve and create our paths… Individually and as a society with (hopefully) a twinkle in our eye and a smile!

So apart from the darkness, there is humour and there is courage… and if nothing else, I hope you get inspired by that. Oh, it’s good to talk about it and get it off my chest, … even though, I must say, I almost like that pink little fluffy thing…

Hope you continue to enjoy the story, and get ready for a suspenseful episode on Sunday that rivals vertigo!

Hugs
Adona

The Apocalyptic Question

July 15th, 2014

IMG_0120What do you experience when reading Working Beauty? Please let me know…

As my work feels very much in “transition”, and I often wonder where I am heading. Creatively. I know how the story will end this Season (at least to some extent) but as I have become more apocalyptic in my story, I realise that I have brought a lot more colour into the art. Which is an interesting contradiction. Maybe the color represents the amount of “fantasy” and “science-fiction” that I brought into Working Beauty. I always felt drawn to fantasy in my stories… but then that doesn’t alway turn out for the best.

The next episodes will become more and more coloured and as I was just drawing a new episode with black and white (and red), it felt like a return to true focus and form.

I am curious where the creative force will lead me…

 

What are the questions you ask when reading Working Beauty?

Or is it turning into Walking Beauty? Or Working Dead?

See what I did there? No? Oh well… written humour is not my forté!

I also want to say, thanks a lot for your support during the last weeks, every message, comment and thought certainly helped… I feel like I am slowly coming back to the living, but I do hunger for different creative outlets and projects… Which might also mean rethinking Working Beauty altogether!

Hugs

Adona

Artist Corner: What’s Business?

September 3rd, 2013

fb8As an artist I sometimes feel a bit different… I feel a bit different in general,… but because I’m an artist I feel even differenter (I just made that up). My main target is for readers to enjoy my art and my work, but I have a real difficulty to put a price on it… I often just want to give everything away for free. It’s an like an urge… and this website is a testament of that!

In a way my aim is to use a business model where everyone can enjoy the art, yet also be able to pay (if they want to). And I would be very grateful, if you appreciate the art AND have the means, please do contribute as it keeps me going and helps me finance my “life-passion”. I know that this is not the common business model of the world, but currently I am able to do that and offer you my work for … basically free.

People say, artists only become valuable when they’re dead… Well… I am happy to be cheap then. And so everyone can continue reading Working Beauty online for free, but I will soon offer downloadable ebooks with exclusive content to buy as well. That being said, one ebook coming out soon is … yes TOSAOM, there will be two verisons available, one is for free (or a donation of your choice) and a higher quality print version from 6.39 USD! and here’s some more artwork from that, for you to enjoy. (should I make any TOSAOM t-shirts? anyone interested?)

 

 

Like every respectable actress knows, a career starts with some B- or C-movies and they are later a bit ashamed of the nudity, the sillyness or the horror of their earlier efforts. Our comic-stars have exactly the same past… but they are not ashamed of their origins, as silly and naked as they might have been.

That’s why Working Beauty will proudly bring to you the first re-issue of the “Belladona” series (a set of comics from Aldona Kaczkowski before ‘Working Beauty’ was born) as a download for everyone (I offer it for free, BUT I am looking on putting it up on a plattform where YOU can actually decide how much it is worth for you to download… ):

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It’s coming 9th of September 2013

 

 

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