Živko Kondić

Among other things and different hobbies, I am a visual artist and illustrator. On the internets you can find me under "zhille" and "zhillustrator". I am living and working in Novi Sad, Serbia, a nice, slow-paced city, which I inhabit since high school.

I post my original artwork mostly, so I'd appreciate if you give my work some love and follow me!
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  • Some thumbnails from my sketchbook. 2014.

    Battling comfort zones. :D These were drawn with ink only, no pencil, to practice committing to a drawing with no undo. They are around 2-3cm high, made with 0.1, 0.3 and 0.5 ink pens, black and white gel pen, a red sharpie, an almost depleted Prismacolor Ice Gray 3&5, a yellow-green highlighter.

    It’s nice to get off the PC to draw from time to time.

    Kind of a mutated dragon thing, a 2hr speedpainting. Živko Kondić 2014, personal work.

    I was testing out a brush I made, and continued on an idea. I don’t really paint dragons, I am battling with comfort zones. :) There are a few really nice moments on the image. :)

    My links: 
    Tumblr - http://zhille.tumblr.com,
    Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/zhillustrator, 
    Behance - http://be.net/zhille, 
    CGHub - http://zhille.cghub.com/, 
    Pinterest - http://pinterest.com/zhillustrator/, 
    Deviantart profile - http://zilekondic.deviantart.com 
    Flickr photostream - http://www.flickr.com/photos/zhillustrator/. 

    "Only gingers get to call gingers gingers". Try and tease this guy for having red hair and beard.

    Something different from me. I don’t know what happened, I usually really rarely draw or paint characters and people as that is my weak point. This one actually turned out really well, I’m kind of surprised. :D

    On the other note, I really like redhaired people, and I wish that every time a redhaired kid gets molested by cretin kids in school this guy materializes and kicks the bully’s but. :D

    "Molten", a speedpainting. 50 minutes. Feb 13th 2014.
    Živko Kondić, personal work.

    30 minute version. I’ve been blocked on Dally Spitpaint but one of their themes inspired it: “so many tubes”.

    I kind of like the atmosphere, it has a painterly feel to it. I see some possible improvements, recoloring the ship in front to better blend it into the picture for example, but for a 50 minute speedpaint of which I spent the last 15-20 minutes tweaking color and contrast mostly, it’s OK, worthy of continuance.

    My links, feel free to follow me: Tumblr, Facebook page, CGhub, Behance.

    "Construction yard", speedpainting, Živko Kondić 2014., for Daily Spitpaint FB group. 

    Abandoned construction yard inspired by oldschool SF masters. I breached the time limit on this but I’m really happy how it turned out. 35 minutes, Photoshop.

    EDIT: I was apparently banned from the group for the rule break… :((( Bring me baaack, I’m really sorry! But in the end, I understand.

    On CGHub,

    February 2014. spitpaint. Photoshop 30 minute speedpaintings.

    I’ve managed to find some time for doing the very much liked Daily Spitpaint challenges. I’m not really a fast painter, I hope this will help me get better at it. Not to bore people to death with sketches, I’ll put up several at the same time, even though I really like the first one, I’ll probably upload it later as a separate image.

    Until next time. :)

    AEON7 - “The Seed Gate”, a digital lore painting.
    Živko Kondić 2014, for AEON7, a browser based strategy game.

    “The Seed Gate” is a monumental structure, designed and built by the Republic as an ultimate conquering weapon. It was designed as a warp gate system that could create and sustain wormholes with a fixed exit point without a need for a second connecting gate. Due to enormous Lyo requisite, the project was scrapped after it was built and hailed a success by the Republic even though it never got tested. In the final weeks before the Passing the gates were used by the Republic as a last resort, and at great cost, to reach and create a foothold in an uninhabited galaxy.

    More updates soon, I am really glad I can finally share some new digital art for A7.

    You can follow me on Facebook, CGHub, etc, more links on my Tumblr page

    Every interaction is appreciated!

    EDIT: This image brought me my first ever Daily Deviation selection. Nice. :)

    Another big format print in the works.

    I’ve selected another digital illustration to try and sell locally. Printed out nicely on matte paper, with black and white matte-board 6cm wide.

    100cm wide in total, these are waiting for buyers to get fully framed. If you’re from Serbia or a neighboring country, it will cost you around 100€+shipping costs. You get to choose if you want to make the matte thinner, and you can also choose the color of the frame and the type of glass(glossy/matt).

    My links: http://zhille.tumblr.com, http://www.facebook.com/zhillustrator, http://zhille.cghub.com/, http://zilekondic.deviantart.com, http://be.net/zhille. Follow me on teh interwebs!

    My modest best of 2013

    I had to do this too. :D I wish I had more notes and all, but for someone who just posts original art mostly unnoticed, it’s good. Except for #1 with 7k notes hah, that went on Radar one day and it’s more than decent. :) Now when I see it, it’s really, really random in style.

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    Happy New Year!

    I wish to say happy new year to all of you in advance. :) I hope you’ll have a better time than me. I really didn’t even try to make any arrangements. Alone time is OK too, I must make up for all those days I stayed working too long.

    2013. was a good year, I had my first exhibition, I learned a lot, grown to be a better artist. It had it’s downs but they don’t matter much. The year was maybe filled with alone time more than I wanted, as I was a little too introverted. Nevertheless, I am OK with that. I am not really one who will hang out anywhere and with anyone, or at all. Socially, I am very reserved.

    Support and comments from people liking my stuff really helped me feel better, thanks for all the likes and reblogs, they really bring smiles. :)

    A quick birdie scarfdoodle for fun. :D This kind of scarf is associated with grandmas in this part of Europe so a bunch of my friends found it funny.

    The photo is not mine, only the painted stuff. I found the pic here on Tumblr and forgot to copy the source and now I don’t remember who posted it so I can check out the source.

    The bird is so adorable, really, such a nice job, original photographer whoever you are. I hope you like the “there, I fixed it” part. :)

    Can someone please let me know who’s photo is this so I can source it?

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