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Tiva & 12 Months

It was a very busy year! Allot of new things happened in my life; some choices had to be made and some were made willingly…but I’m very happy with the results. During the winter I spent most of the time illustrating this lovely book, “Tiva in 12 mesecev”. It’s a story about a little girl that discovers something beautiful and magical in every moment and month of one particular year. Written by Slovene writers Nina Kokelj and Kruno Antonić, it’s a wonderful gift for real-life Tiva and a great reminder of how we all used to see the world when we were little…everything was new and fresh and meaningful. We had time to stop and really see things, really feel. Too much information is readily available these days, and in that overflow it’s so easy to lose touch with oneself. It’s a great gift to be able to perceive life without all the embellishments. Grateful for the reminder, I truly enjoyed working on this book. The preview can be seen here:

http://www.emka.si/tiva-in-dvanajst-mesecev/PR/1189511,13566

More pastime…

This short comic is devoted to Edda Moser, a German soprano who got to be a part of an amazing project back in the 70s. Her interpretation of the Queen of the Night (from Mozart’s Magic Flute) was one of the recordings chosen for the Golden Records which were placed on Voyager spacecraft and sent into space in 1977. Voyager left the solar system in 2008. You can hear the other recordings (and see the whole content) here.

Entry for TDAC

There’s a great blog on the internet devoted to people who draw and cook: http://www.theydrawandcook.com/. In case you haven’t seen it before, please check it out: there’s great stuff coming up daily, very inspiring and refreshing work! Recently they had a fig recipe contest and this was my entry. It won a honorary mention which was really cool because this was the first time ever I experimented with typography and watercolor at the same time.

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Na internetu postoji sjajan blog posvećen ljudima koji crtaju i kuvaju: http://www.theydrawandcook.com/. Ako ga niste prethodno videli, obavezno ga pogledajte: sjajne stvari se pojavljuju svakodnevno, vrlo inspirativni i osvežavajući radovi! Skoro su imali konkurs posvećen smokvama i ovo je bio rad koji sam priložila. Pomenut je na list počasnih radova i to je vrlo dobro jer sam ovde prvi put eksperimentisala  sa tipografijom i bojom u isto vreme.

“Don’t ask me why”- The Book

After more than two years in the making our book is finally out! Basically, it is a free-style lexicon of mythical beings and creatures originating from the humorous proverbs, expressions and idioms used in Serbian language, although some of them are quite universal, such as Wolf in sheep’s clothing. All these beings are personified, embodied, characterized and categorized regarding their shape, origin and habits.

Back in September 2008 I read the text for the first time and loved it. I found it very funny and inspiring. In a sea of commercial illustration this project was a tiny treasure island, a book that I could illustrate exactly the way I wanted, no special style required and no limitations imposed whatsoever (no deadline either which is always a blessing and a curse unless you know your drill). I had total creative freedom, but it came with a price: it could only be done in my spare time, after the work I do for living would be out of the way. So I just jumped into it. I dare say it was quite a feat!

This was an incredibly risky project from the very beginning due to the fact that we wanted to make a book on our own terms. There was no contract with a publisher, no advance, no guarantee that it would ever get published.  Both Aleksandar and I were published before, but of course that was not a guarantee that our project would ever see the light of day. Still I wanted to see it through.

Well, everybody knows what happens to those who get stranded on treasure islands…they lose it eventually. When it comes to illustrating a book, drawing and painting is an act of solitude and devotion, regardless of the subject matter. But during the process I was very lucky because my boyfriend was always willing listen to my rants and lend a shoulder to cry on when all of it seemed too much to handle. And so, fast forward a year or so, I believe the rescue party finally showed up on the 31st of October 2010 in form of a last brush stroke on a last illustration intended for this book.  About 85 illustrations altogether, I believe.

I’m very grateful to our publisher because they were willing to take a risk with us!  I’m looking at the books on my desk right now, and I’m still getting used to the fact that they are finally here. I’m very happy and I hope that many will enjoy this book, because now when it’s materialized, all the difficulties I experienced during the last two years seem to have helped me learn, improve and get to know myself much better. It all seems a natural part of the creative process and if I could go back I wouldn’t do it any other way.

“Don’t ask me why”

Written by Aleksandar Milajić

Illustrated by Bojana Dimitrovski

Book Design:  A.Milajic i B. Dimitrovski

“Ne znam šta mi bi”- knjiga

Napisao Aleksandar Milajić

Ilustrovala Bojana Dimitrovski

Dizajn knjige: A.Milajić i B.Dimitrovski

 

Nakon više od dve godine rada, naša knjiga je najzad objavljena!

U suštini ovo je leksikon mitskih bića i stvorenja koja potiču iz šaljivih poslovica, izraza i idioma koji se koriste u srpskom jeziku, dok su neki od pojmova  vrlo univerzalni, kao što je Vuk u jagnjećoj koži. Sva ova bića su personifikovana, otelovljena, okarakterisana i kategorisana po obliku, poreklu i navikama.

Tekst knjige sam prvi put pročitala u septembru 2008 i odmah mi se svideo. Bio je veoma zabavan i inspirativan. U moru komercijalne ilustracije ovaj projekat je bio malo ostrvo s blagom, knjiga koju mogu da ilustrujem baš kao što želim, bez  ikakvih ograničenja  i bez ikakvih rokova, što je uvek i blagoslov i prokletstvo (sem ako niste upoznati sa sopstvenim ograničenjima).  Imala sam totalnu kreativnu slobodu, ali ona je došla s cenom: na ovom projektu sam mogla da radim samo u slobodno vreme, nakon što završim posao od kog živim. Jednostavno sam se bacila u to. Sada se usuđujem da kažem da je to bio priličan podvig.

Ovo je bio jedan izuzetno rizičan projekat zbog činjenice da smo od samog početka hteli da pravimo knjigu pod našim uslovima. Nismo imali ugovor sa izdavačem, nije bilo depozita, nije bilo garancije da će knjiga ikada biti objavljena. I Aleksandar i ja smo bili objavljivani ranije, ali naravno to nije bila garancija da će ovaj projekat ikada ugledati svetlost dana. I pored toga sam bila odlučna da ću je završiti.

Verovatno svi znaju šta se događa onima koji se zaglave na ostrvu z blagom…pre ili kasnije “prolupaju”. Ilustrovanje knjiga  je čin samotnjačke posvećenosti, bez obzira na temu koja se ilustruje. Ali tokom tog procesa imala sam sreću što je moj momak uvek bio voljan da sasluša moje žalopojke i glumi rame za plakanje kad mi se činilo da mi je svega dosta.  I tako, da premotam vreme unapred, čini mi se da je spasilačka ekipa stigla na ostrvo 31. oktobra 2010 u vidu poslednjeg poteza četkice na poslednjoj ilustraciji namenjenoj ovoj knjizi. Mislim da unutra ima ukupno 85 ilustracija.

Veoma sam zahvalna našoj izdavačkoj kući jer su bili voljni da preuzmu rizik sa nama! Sada gledam knjige na stolu i još uvek se navikavam na činjenicu da su najzad tu. Veoma sam srećna i nadam se da će mnogi uživati u ovoj knjizi jer sada, kad se materijalizovala, sve poteškoće koje sam imala tokom prethodne dve godine  deluju samo kao smernice koje su mi pomogle da učim, da se usavršim i da upoznam sebe još malo bolje. Sve muke i mukice su izgleda prirodni deo kreativnog procesa, i kad bih se vratila unazad i sve počela od početka, ne bih ništa uradila drugačije.

Flying Fish

“Flying Fish” is my first contribution to Illustration Friday. This week’s topic was “Drifting”. Deep-sea dwellers emerge again, unexpected. This is one idea I intend to develop further.

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“Letece ribe” je moj prvi doprinos sajtu Illustration Friday. Ovonedeljna tema je bila “Plutanje”. Stanovnici dubokih mora ponovo iskacu, neocekivani. Ovo je jedna ideja koju nameravam dalje da razvijam.

06.06.2009, Drawing Day!

The first image that came to my mind when I heard about Drawing Day. Done in Corel Painter in three layers: pencil, watercolor and liquid ink, using Wacom Intuos. For more information about Drawing Day, check this out:

http://www.drawingday.org/participate.php

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Prva slika koja mi je pala na pamet kad sam čula za “Drawing Day”. Urađeno u Corel Painter-u u tri lejera: olovka, akvarel i tuš, koristeći Wacom Intuos tablu. Za više informacija o Danu crtanja, koji pogledajte ovde:

http://www.drawingday.org/participate.php

Ouranos, Cronus, Venus…

This illustration takes a look at the mythological struggle between Ouranos and Cronus…and possibly what happened right before the legendary birth of Venus, goddess of love. For this purpose, I played around with The Birth of Venus, painted by Boticelli.  The original story, dating back to Greek antiquity, tells us how Venus/Aphrodite emerged from the sea: “In ancient Greek myths, Cronus envied the power of his father, the ruler of the universe, Ouranos. Ouranos drew the enmity of Cronus’ mother, Gaia, when he hid the gigantic youngest children of Gaia, the hundred-armed Hecatonchires and one-eyed Cyclopes, in Tartarus, so that they would not see the light. Gaia created a great adamant sickle and gathered together Cronus and his brothers to persuade them to kill Ouranos. Only Cronus was willing to do the deed, so Gaia gave him the sickle and placed him in ambush. When Ouranos met with Gaia, Cronus attacked him with the sickle by cutting off his genitals, castrating him and casting the severed member into the sea. From the blood (or, by a few accounts, semen) that spilled out from Ouranos and fell upon the earth, the Gigantes, Erinyes, and Meliae were produced. From the member that was cast into the sea, Aphrodite later emerged…”(Wikipedia)

The article behind this illustration is dealing with a theme from popular astrology, a struggle between two powerful planets, Uranus/Ouranos and Saturn/Cronus.  They are no longer regarded as goods, but the myth took a new a shape and has a different meaning today: it symbolizes the universal struggle between father and son, the old and the new, hence the tie and the iPod.  Something happened along the way, probably as a result of many influences and beliefs that clashed and merged through centuries, and the general knowledge nowadays is that  Saturn  is the “old”, the “traditional”, the “stale” in popular astrology, and planet Uranus came to stand for  “new” and “revolutionary”.  Regardless of this, the theme remains eternal.  Birth of Venus seemed like a nice backdrop for a struggle that would’ve otherwise been illustrated as a young man punching the old man in the face 😉

I did this illustration a little while ago, but it never got published due to the unfortunate misunderstanding with a commissioning party.

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Ova ilustracija je osvrt na mitološki sukob Urana i Kronosa, i moguće ono što se dogodilo trenutak pre legendarnog rođenja Venere, boginje ljubavi. U ovu svrhu poigrala sam se sa Rođenjem Venere koju je naslikao Botičeli. Originalna priča koja potiče iz grčke starine govori nam kako je Venera/Afrodita izronila iz mora:

“Heziod u svojoj Teogoniji govori da je Uran dolazio svake noći da bi spavao s Gejom, Majkom Zemljom, ali je mrzio djecu koju mu je rodila – Titane, Hekatonhire i Kiklope. On ih je zatvorio u Tartar što je Geji uzrokovalo veliku bol. Oblikovala je kremeni srp i zatražila svoje sinove da kastriraju njezina muža, a na to je pristao Kron, najmlađi Titan. Dok je Uran sašao nad Geju da bi spavao s njom, Kron je iz zasjede skočio na nj i kastrirao ga, bacivši njegove testise u more. Od prolivene krvi rođeni su Giganti, Erinije, Melije (nimfe stabla jasena) te Telhine (stanovnike otoka Roda). Od genitalija bačenih u more rođena je Afrodita….” (Wikipedia)

Članak koji stoji iza ove ilustracije bavi se temom iz popularne astrologije, tenzijom između dve moćne planete, Urana i Saturna. Oni se više ne smatraju bogovima, ali mit o njima je preuzeo novi oblik i danas ima drugačije značenje: simbolizuje univerzalnu borbu između oca i sina, starog i novog, pa otud kravata i iPod. Nešto se usput dogodilo, i verovatno kao rezultat mnogih uticaja i verovanja koji su se sudarali i prožimali kroz vekove, danas je Saturn u popularnoj astrologiji poznat kao “star”, “tradicionalan”i “ustajao”, a uz Uran stoje pojmovi kao što su “nov” i “revolucionaran”. Bez obzira na to, tema ostaje večna. Rođenje Venere je delovalo kao prikladna pozadina za priču koja bi se inače mogla ilustrovati scenom u kojj mlad čovek nokautira starca 😉

Ovu ilustraciju sam uradila relativno skoro, ali nije bila objavljena zbog nesporazuma sa naručiocem.

A Star

Welcome to my new blog!:-) I’m really happy I can finally share my web pages with you, including my brand new website, and that is the main reason I moved from Blogger to WP…I wanted to have it all nicely organized.  Luckily I had an option to simply import all my posts, comments and links from Blogger.  It’ll probably take some time to get adjusted to the new blogging environment though…;-) Also, visitors will be able to comment without having to register with WP.
This is an illustration of a fairytale by Grozdana Olujic about a star who came down to Earth because she fell in love with a shepherd. I thought she’d be a nice image to start with…:)

Hope to see you all soon!