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 Rebels – Vampires 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.
There are eight giants in the story, so I wanted to give every giant specific character – appearance. 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 technique – watered ink and pen.
|Giants characters from my sketchbook|
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 / double-page illustration / unfinished|
|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..;)