Friday, June 28, 2013

Art book finished

It has been a long and exhausting journey, but my first art book The Art of Petar Meseldzija has finally been wrapped up and sent off to the printer. The release date is scheduled for August 20th.
For the last 6 months I have been working very hard to put the book together, and I must say that I would never achieve my objectives without help I received from a few people who kindly offered their assistance and expertise. First off all, Dragan Bibin who helped me design the most important features of the book; Dragan Polovina who helped me finish the digital maquette of the book; Rian Gemei from Dark Dragon Books who did the actual job of wrapping up the book; my lithographer Marcel Salome from Re-Art who skillfully reworked all the digital files and by doing so “switched on the lights” in the paintings; and last but not least, Greg Manchess who very generously agreed to write the introduction, a very insightful and a wonderful one, which, to be honest, still makes me blush when I read it.

But of course, all this wouldn’t be possible without Amin Gemei, the publisher, who said “yes” when I asked him if he would be willing to publish my art book.
This hardcover, 160 pages book, with the text in English, will be first presented in August at the comic convention in Valkenswaard, the Netherlands. In September, I will be presenting it at the IlluxCon show in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

In case you want to know more about the book, here are a few links:


Monday, June 17, 2013

More oldies

These two oldies were also painted in watercolors. The first one is from the book Peter Enkorak by Terry Jones (the original title is Jack One-Step) and it is my first illustrated book. It was published by Mladinska Knjiga from Slovenia in 1991 as a very little, thin book with only 9 illustrations. Three of them will be included in the upcoming book The Art of Petar Meseldzija.
The other illustration is in fact an unfinished piece which I did in 1994 while contemplating a story that takes place in the 17th century Holland; with a talented and brave little rabbit, his a little less brave mouse friend, and a guy by the name of Rembrandt (who was not a very talented painter) as the main characters. And although I wrote almost the entire story, I never went further than this unfinished illustration.


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Another Oldie

This painting of a giant was made during my studies at the Art Academy and is one of the illustrations from a book I was busy with at that time. Although the book was never finished, it was my first serious attempt to illustrate a children’s story. I painted this piece in watercolors, and one can easily see that I was heavily inspired and influenced by Alan Lee’s art.