Monday, September 29, 2008

The curious little Elephant

...or the story of how the elephant got his truck. Those were done in one day, mostly by Photoshop. And the visual imitates the texture of a lino cut. A homemade book will soon follow.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Another sort of journey

Maps for traveling the real world, we've seen them all. There are no more blanks on our atlases, and remote tribes of the Amazon show up on our Yahoo page. But still... the darkness behind our eyes remains an unknown country. What kind of maps shall we draw for it?

These were done with the aid charcoal, ink and a mirror... Since then, and out of shear vanity, I have changed my glasses.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Maps and journeys

There is something fascinating about maps. Maybe it's the promise of freedom, the hope of a voyage or just the taste of nostalgia we associate with traveling. Interesting enough, sometimes the journeys that exist in potential, the journeys a map promises without actually delivering, those are more satisfying than an actual trip. Because there are no limits, no borders and no security checks on our imagination...

These were done in ink, oil pastels and Letraset markers, then scanned and assembled in Photoshop. The zodiacal figures are from Albrecht Dürer's Celestial Map of the Northern Sky.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Portrait of the illustrator as a young artist...

The title really says it all... I was always fascinated by the power of the illustration to "helps make something clear or attractive " as Google search so nicely puts it. Seriously speaking, a word is in fact an abstract idea - translating it into image is a strange and illusory process, but with breathtaking results.
Watch the young artist seting up to uncover the mysteries of the process, with one objective in mind - getting lost in translation.