Thursday, January 31, 2013

In the meantime

In the meantime, I started a few new paintings. Here is the underpainting of one of them, titled On the road to Troy, Helen receives a vision. If you pay closer attention to the lower right corner you might be able to catch a glimpse of Helen’s vision :)


Friday, January 25, 2013

Masters of Contemporary Illustration:

Ivica Stevanović
Ivica Stevanović was born In 1977 in Niš, Serbia. He grew up on comic books and old horror movies. Ivica is an accomplished illustrator, comic artist and designer.

He is a versatile craftsman who utilizes different techniques: from pen and ink, through watercolor to digital painting and collage. His artwork is characterized by moderate expression and grotesque line. Ivica works for Serbian as well as US market.

Although he likes to illustrate picture books, like Andresen’s The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Royal Treasure Measure by Trudy Harris, his specialty are graphic novels and art book projects. His best-known graphic novel Kindly Corpses appeared on Paul Gravett’s list of the best works in 2011: An International Perspective. Famous American writer of Steampunk genre Jeff Wandermeer invited Ivica to work on his book projects. So far, he has participated in two Wandermeer’s books – Steampunk Reloaded and Lambshead Cabinet.

Ivica lives in Veternik, Serbia with his wife Milica, who is also an artist, and their daughter Katarina. He currently lectures at the Academy of Art in Novi Sad.

You can see more of Ivica’s work on his blog and here


Thursday, January 17, 2013

A Teaser

I am still busy with my homage to Frank Frazetta. Here is a detail of the almost finished Death Dealer painting.


Friday, January 11, 2013

Funny pictures

In the nineties, I was doing posters for Verkerke Reproductions, a Dutch poster company  which was at that time one of the biggest in the world. They had offices all around the world. In 1998, just a few years before the collapse of the poster market and the Verkerke’s subsequent bankruptcy, they commissioned me to do three paintings that were supposed to be given as awards to the heads of the most successful Verkerke offices in three different countries. The only two things I had to pay attention to were that each painting had its own title that referred to the specific achievement , and that the paintings were supposed to be funny.

So, I came up with these three pictures. The editors were satisfied and the originals were given to the winners. The pictures have never been published as posters and this is the first time that I show them on the web. The paintings were done in watercolor. Although I did not use any kind of reference while creating them, it is quite obvious that good old Norman Rockwell was in the back of my mind.


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Correcting mistakes

This is another commissioned drawing from one of the copies of my Tarzan book. I regard these drawings as a little practice that allows me to experiment with a few things that I never had courage to do when I was working in ink. Beside that I give myself a permission to make mistakes.
Through correcting these mistakes I am discovering new ways and techniques, and my mind gets more flexible. I am not any more afraid of mistakes because I know I will make them anyway. This is quite a different mindset from the mindset that is required for a proper application of my alla-prima painting technique.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year 2013!

Peter Enkorak, 1990
                                                                May Your Dreams Come True!