It has been ages since I last posted something in here. The first reason behind this has been what you can see above, ‘The Interview’. Few months ago, I decided to enter a Jonathan Cape/The Observer competition for a 4 pages graphic novel. I thought it was about time that I’d begin to confront myself with competitions and especially deadlines. For this one there weren’t any guidelines so I let my imagination flow in its preferred way and of course, it came up with something dark, perhaps too dark for newspapers’ readers. Nevermind. My goal was to enter it and to do something connected to the world of finance towards which my fascination remains intact.
The inspiration behind the story (which might sound familiar to many of you) came from an impressive demon sculpture on the clay façade of a Threadneedle Street (City of London) building. The sculpture looks alive and strangely..mobile. I still remember the way a guy working on a building nearby chuckled when he told me its story. So I gave it my own spin.
On this occasion I heavily used digital retouching, especially on its final pages. Looking at it now, I think it would have been better if I’d restrained myself from it but if I speak like this now, it means I’ve already learnt something from it.
I hope you’ll enjoy it, share it and feel free to get in touch with questions like my friends have. Meanwhile, I’m finally working to post something new: being back to drawing feels like being alive again.
"Where are we going?" asked one girl.
”Shh..don’t ask questions. You know he doesn’t like questions” said the other girl. They continued to go down one stair at the time until the crimson wall faded into black.
As promised, I am posting new stuff on ‘The Orphanage’. A B&W, magnificent stairs photo my friend Kim Landgraf (http://500px.com/KimLandgraf
and also: http://www.flickr.com/photos/90008543@N03/ ) took and posted on Facebook few days ago inspired this image. I hope he’s happy with the outcome despite the fact that it looks creepy. Then again, creepy, eerie and disturbing is my preferred stuff.
In the meantime, I am sketching 4 A4 sheets for a graphic novel competition. I don’t know whether I am going to be allowed to post it in here (I doubt it..) but I’ll surely have something else to post as soon as I get the chance.
I haven’t been posting new stuff in a while and it makes me feel bad. I was surprised, humbled and honored at the same time to be asked to create an image for a project so I had to drop the images I have been working on to complete this new thing. I will post the link as soon as allowed so that if you like what I have done, you can download it.
In the meantime, here’s ‘The Embrace’. It has a special meaning to me and it’s dedicated to a special person who showed me a side of life I didn’t know could exist. A friend pointed out that with this red ‘fiesta’, it could be a perfect Valentine’s card. If you have a special Valentine, if you are in love or feeling the love and you want to share this image, it’s yours. Post it, repost it (just don’t forget to credit the source, please!) or send it to someone you care about.
But don’t worry, this wee-bit of melancholy, tenderness and love is soon to be replaced by some dark stuff..