Monday, February 6, 2012

Old man and the giants

Here's something that came out from the project where I was involved as an illustrator. But only for a short time. It is a Serbian fairy tales project. The project designed by the same model as the RebelsVampires and Witches  and Banished Demons, including several hired illustrators.
Anyone who know well Serbian tales, knows that these are very authentic and fantastic stories. Very inspiring to illustrate. I’m supposed to illustrate the story "How the old man tricked the giants." I began my work, and the first thing that I drew was a sketches of giants characters.

Giants characters from my sketchbook

There are eight giants in the story, so I wanted to give every giant specific characterappearance. I decided to do a big double-page composition of an old man and giants in the cave. I started to draw this complex illustration, using the usual techniquewatered ink and pen

Old man and giants in the cave / double-page illustration / unfinished
And when I was almost finished, I received a contract from the publisher. The contract did not provide royalties for the future publications. So I refused to participate further, because I think it's fair to include royalties for this type of publications which have universal national character.

Old man and giants in the cave / detail

To other illustrators such agreement is acceptable, so in the end I remained a rebel with or without good reason. At least, I’m richer for an old man and eight giants..;)


  1. One thing is for sure... we will miss you a lot, my friend.

  2. i totally agree with Dragan, and btw the sketches and the characters look awesome!!! :)


  3. Sorry to hear about No-Ivica in the book, but I understand and agree with his reasons. Authors shouldn't be insulted and mistreated by the publishers!