Saturday, 27 December 2014

Georgi Toshev / Георги Тошев

This is a portrait of one of the most famous Bulgarian journalists - Georgi Toshev . I have received a phone call a few weeks ago of young and very talented reporter Danislava Toshkova, who asked me kindly to drawing a special gift for Mr. Toshev . She said , that he is going to present his new book ABBA - LOVE, TRIUMPH, SEPARATION THE STORY OF ABBA BULGARIAN BOOK BY G. TOSHEV "  and this is going to be his special present. That made me incredibly happy. Of course I have done my best to drawing him as real and as classic as possible. Happily the portrait was done in a two - three days in two versions - with and without background. You can easily see the one with the background ( above this text ) and the other version ( the one he own ) is in the pictures below.

A few words about Georgi Toshev :

 Born on 2 March, 1969, in the city of Sofia.
A qualified philologist and journalist, he has specialized journalism in New York, USA. He has worked for the “24 Hours” newspaper and the “Lik” magazine. He is one of the creators of the “Dnevnik” newspaper and the “Edno” magazine. He was the director of the press centre of the theatre festival in Varna and a counsellor for Emma Moskova, Minister of culture.
He has worked for many years for the printed media, but television has been his greatest passion. He was the author of the “Artefacts” programme on the Bulgarian National Television. The project which made him most popular is the television programme “The Other Bulgaria”. He is the author and presenter of the documentary series “The Unknown”, which has been broadcast on the bTV since 4 October, 2009. Today, he is the producer of the morning high-rating programme “Before Noon”.
Due to his work, which he worships, Georgi Toshev is the most travelling Bulgarian journalist, having visited nearly 190 countries all over the world!
He has made a film of “The Unknown” series which is dedicated to Encho Keryazov – “And the Circus Travels On…”.
Georgi Toshev became a member of the Board of Directors of the “Encho Keryazov” Foundation in March, 2012.

Giorgos Mazonakis / Γιώργος Μαζωνάκης

This is a portrait of the most popular folk / pop singer in Greece - Giorgos Mazonakis. 

Why I have decided to create this digital painting?

This is a personal project. Honestly, I saw Giorgos Mazonakis on a TV Show and I liked him. 

He is Greek and I am a massive fan of Greek Art and their perfection and cult of beauty.

Anyway, this was an absolute pleasure to work on this classic digital painting. Done for two full days with a few coffee / tea breaks. The aim was to  drawing Giorgos as real as possible, because he is too different in each of his videos or stage performances.

A few words about Giorgos Mazonakis :

Giorgos Mazonakis born and raised in the neighbourhood of NikaiaAthens. He grew up listening to traditional folk songs of Stratos DionysiouYiannis PariosMarinella and Haris Alexiou. Very quickly, at the age of 15, he realized his desire to become a singer. For the first time he sang at a nightclub in Patras, where in the summer of 1992 was discovered by executives of PolyGram Greece.
Giorgos Mazonakis' temperament, his unique interpretation and innovative views, changed the way of nightlife, with highly successful appearances at famous nightclubs in Athens.
At the same time, Mazonakis has made many appearances throughout GreeceCyprusGermanyAustralia, and in several U.S. states including: New YorkNew JerseyAtlantic City, and Chicago. Also one of best hits was released in Italy on the occasion of the success there made the song "Mou Leipeis" (I miss you) song in an automobile ad campaign.
In 2002, the popular singer sang two songs of Stamatis Kraounakis on the soundtrack of the film by Nikos Panagiotopoulos titled Varethika Na Skotono tous Agapitikous Sou (I'm tired of killing your Boyfriends).
Mazonakis and Greek fashion house Deux Hommes collaborated at MadWalk by VodafoneThe Hurriyet, the largest circulation newspaper in Turkey, chose the nightclub Votanikos and George Mazonakis to present the nightlife of Athens. Mazonakis completed his appearances at Votanikos in March 2011 will visit Turkey after preparing a collaboration with a Turkish songwriter, continuing the cooperation that began with major Turkish songwriters in his latest album titled Ta Isia Anapoda.