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Happy Independence Day ‘merica

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Wishing everyone a spectacular summer.

Keep your ears to the wind, more glorious news to come very soon about past and future adventures on the Tory Nova train.

– Tory 
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Tuke the Specialist Turtle

Tuke! by Tory Novikova

Back in August 2012 I was approached by Chowder Inc. to collaborate on an awesome children’s book project for CCMI, the Central Caribbean Marine Institute in the Cayman Islands. They hoped to teach students across the islands about the importance of marine biologists and how their work is crucial to the survival and upkeep of the diversity in the surrounding waters.

And so, Tuke the Specialist Turtle was born. The book depicts Tuke’s coming of age from puny to self confident, and with the help of some friendly marine biologists he learns of his own importance to maintain the habitat of the reef.

Below you can check out some scenes from the 60+ page book – I don’t want to give away all just yet. Hopefully, come Earth day in April 2013, the book will be published and all will be revealed for the world to see.

Tuke!

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A Gif for You!

Happy Holidays! ~ From Tory Novikova ~ Click to see Gangnam Santa Dance!

…aaand the world didn’t end on 12/21/12! Isn’t that reason enough to dance? Beliefs and traditions aside, hope you’re enjoying the remnants of this year and this Gangnam Santa gif.

See you in 2013!

Happy Holidays! <3 Tory

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Lots to be thankful for


I have a lot to be thankful for this year as it has been both impossibly difficult and remarkably fruitful. A large portion of my gratitude goes to the kindness of total strangers, who have transformed my world over the past 9 months, and the rest can be attributed to the strong shoulders of close family and sweet friends onto which I have leaned. Thank you all, my unnamed warriors.

At the start of 2012 I half jokingly claimed this to be my year – the year of the Dragon, and indeed it has been! It came with a thunderous reckoning! But it ain’t over till the fat lady delivers a heart-stopping vocal bravado (which will be me after the holidays *sob* goodbye waistline *sob*). And I have enough fight left to deliver some spectacular new projects in the next few weeks.

Honestly, I’m just glad to have power again. Hurricane Sandy left a total disaster zone and commuter hell. Storm Support is making an effort to give back to storm victims through great design! ALL profits from sales go to benefit various charities around the NYC/NJ area and will directly help those in need. My contribution is a cute lil’ french bulldog Storm Pup – go get him!

Most importantly, I hope that you are enjoying the best damn Thanksgiving meal of your life today (or at least, one worthy to be a close second).

Happy Holidays! Lets not lose our minds over Black Friday deals, mmkay?

– Tory
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What Do I Do?

Finally I can give a bit of clarity on what it is I actually do these days as a concept artist. The company I work for is represented in the general scope as part of News Corp‘s new media K-12 education division called, Amplify.

Amplify has recently launched its new website, and if you fish around, you can find great videos that highlight the key aims of the company, and if you REALLY dig deep, you’ll be able to find yours truly! As I said before, I get to work on a variety of conceptual as well as production art for tablet-based games. It’s pretty awesome to have been included, and since the videos are already made public, I can just pinpoint the shots that are relevant to me. =)

Here is the full video, you can find my work starting at 2:23 :

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Whimsy Inspired Prints

Hope you are having a wonderful summer! July was a great birthday month for me, filled with many unexpected adventures and beautiful spoils. I’ve been taking advantage of the heat and lax days by spending some weekends at the beach. So my beach totes have been playing a crucial role this summer as my go-to bags for any light travel. They’ve been perfect for carrying that extra weight that doesn’t quite fit in a purse – a lady’s ongoing struggle!

I thought I would share some of the artwork I’m using for the fabric on the bags, since it’s crisper and cleaner to admire in this format. The bags are beautiful in their own right. They are made of voile, so light travels through them freely, making them feel air-light but sturdy enough not to disappoint and hold up. I plan to add a few more prints soon, featuring more urban-themes. There are so many projects on my plate right now that it’s hard to keep track. Keep an eye out for more updates!

Special shout-out to Stasia from The Stray Arrow, for modelling for me! Check out her amazing jewelry. It continues to be the subject of my dreams.

The Polar Bear Print

Night Owl Print

Woodland Fox Print

Mushroom Fairy Print

The Sea Voyage Print

– Tory
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Jamonera Restaurant

This past weekend I was in PA for the opening of a new restaurant and wine bar in central Philly called Jamonera (near Chestnut St / South 13th St).  The two co-owners Marcie and Valerie were delighted to introduce their guests to a Spanish-inspired tapas menu. The flavors were amazing and made me reflect on how reminiscent of Spain and genuinely authentic they seemed! I was lucky enough to try a great variety of dishes, some of which were a complete first for me. The cocktails were also delicious – my favorite for obvious reasons was the “Bizet” cocktail, honoring the french composer Georges Bizet who created the french opera Carmen, set in Spain and revolving around the turbulent life and romances of the gypsy Carmen.

The interior of Jamonera (ha-mon-era) is very atmospheric. Aside from the rustic dark wood throughout the room, and the bright but not overpowering red glow of the lights, there is also a grand sized 8 ft tall mural anchored right next to the bar and visible from almost every angle inside and outside of the restaurant. This mural happens to be my artwork for the opera “Carmen” (straight from Torynova Couture’s Wearable Stories Collection). I am going to be the first to admit that it looks impressive and seems to really animate the space. Of course, I have Tim of Urban Space Development to thank. He had approached me regarding the project after seeing my work in the Decoration and Design building in NYC. It was his vision of this incredible interior that brought my artwork to Philadelphia, and for that I am very grateful.

So really, what more can I say, other than, you have to go visit it in person? If you don’t go for me, then go for the mouth-watering menu and try as much as you can with an open mind. Just remember to make a reservation because last I heard, they may already be booked for weeks. In this last photo, you can gauge the size of the mural as I sit alongside the owners Marcie, Valerie, and Tim — we are all smiles. It was the food, drinks, and the great social atmosphere of the small but well-designed space that left everyone pleased. If you do find your way into central Philly, you can visit the other shops and restaurants these ladies have in their 13th-street emporium.

Safran and Turney want to encourage those who erroneously think of sherry as grumpy granny’s parlor fodder to pair glasses with food off Jamonera’s large menu, organized into tapas, meat/cheese, toasts, salads/veg, mid-size and large-size categories… You’ll be able to eat perched on a bar stool or at a table in Jam’s 40-seat dining room, lorded over by a badass 8-foot-tall mural interpretation of Carmen created by NYC artist Tory Novikova.
— citypaper

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