I have a great news to share. John Fleskes from Flesk Publications has agreed to publish my new book, The Book of Giants!! Needless to say, I am very happy and excited about this news which, by the way, has accelerated my work on this project. There are still some drawings and paintings to be finished, and some stories to be written, but the digital book dummy is almost finished. In 2010 Flesk published my first book The Legend of Steel Bashaw in English and by doing so made my breakthrough on the international Fantasy Art market possible. The Book of Giants will be the second book of mine published by them.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
This photo was made by John Flesk during the comic convention in Breda a few weeks ago. As far as I am concerned, this is the best process photo of me working on a piece… If you want to see more of John’s brilliant photos from Breda, please visit Flesk Publications blog.
Apart from being one of the leading publishers of artbooks in the world, John possesses a variety of other talents, one of them being photography and even filming.
I suppose many of you already know that John Flesk is the new editor and publisher of already legendary Spectrum annuals.
Posted by Petar Meseldžija at 09:37
Sunday, November 3, 2013
|A giant from Breda|
I recently attended a comic convention in Breda (Stripfestival Breda), the Netherlands. John Flesk from Flesk Publications , together with the guys from De Stripspecialist, Breda’s famous comic book store, invited me to join the Flesk Prime team and share their booth with four brilliant artists from the US: Mark Schultz, Jim Silke, Terry Dodson, and Thomas Yeates. The convention was very busy and we spent a few days doing sketches and drawings, talking, laughing, having some excellent dinners together and enjoying good beer.
|Mark Schultz, John Flesk, Terry Dodson.|
|Me, Thomas Yeates, Rachel Dodson, Mark Schultz and Terry Dodson.|
|Kurtesa Clarke-Silke and Jim Silke.|
|John Flesk preparing his camera, photo by Mark Thelosen.|
|Terry Dodson drawing, photo Mark Theslosen.|
|Quiet corner for drawing Giants, photo Mark Thelosden.|
|Thomas Yeates and his daughter Olivia, photo Mark Thelosen.|
|Mark Schultz drawing at the Flesk Prime |
meet and greet event, photo Mark Thelosen.
|John Flesk and Mark Thelosen.|
|Anita and Petar|
|Guido de Bue, me and Michael.|
|Cheers! , photo by Mark Thelosen.|
Posted by Petar Meseldžija at 15:59
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Because this is the time of art conventions, I’ve been busy making little drawings. Beside a few drawings which I did in my art book, I also present you with two drawings from the recently released book Diablo III: Book of Tyrael. In the coming weeks, I will show you more drawings from this project.
Have a nice day!
Have a nice day!
Posted by Petar Meseldžija at 10:17
Monday, October 14, 2013
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
I am working on a new painting. I presume that some of you already know this piece as a drawing, which I posted some time ago. However, I never showed this underpainting. It is a private commission titled “The Giants are coming” or “Svjatogor – The Protector of the Mountains”
Oil on canvas, 70 X 100 cm.
Posted by Petar Meseldžija at 13:54
Friday, October 4, 2013
On the road to Troy, Helen receives a vision – 50X70 cm, oil on MDF board.
It would be very cool, even romantic, to say that the reason for this delay was my internal struggle with the painting, because I was not able to find the right model for Helen, for no woman I knew was beautiful enough to ignite the fire of inspiration and help me achieve the unachievable: to depict one of the greatest beauties of all times, a beauty so glorious, a beauty so divine, and so lethal at the same time, that initiated one of the most famous wars in history, the Trojan War. A war in which the greatest heroes fought and died, including the greatest of them all, mighty Achilles. A war that raged for 10 long years, eventually bringing the devastation to the city of Troy and its inhabitants; A war that gave birth to the famous Trojan Horse; A war that eventually produced wondrous wanderings of Odysseus, and inspired a blind ancient Greek poet, Homer, to create two of the greatest and most important epic poems of Western literature, The Iliad and The Odyssey.Unfortunately, the real reason for the delay in finishing the second painting was much more trivial; because of my extremely busy schedule, combined with some health issues, I could not find time and peace of mind to focus on this commission.
However, once I did manage to give my full attention to the painting, things got a little tricky. The main question was – what should I depict, and how? There were so many possibilities, and so many different ways to do it. At the end, of all the interesting, dynamic and juicy moments from the story of Helen of Troy, I chose to depict a nonexistent moment, so to speak. Recognizing this as a conceptual weakness of the piece, I tried to neutralize it by giving the painting the title “On the road to Troy, Helen receives a vision”.By choosing to depict this uneventful moment, I sacrificed many potentially attractive scenes for the sake of something more elementary. I tried to bring the composition down to the story’s very essence: the irresistible attraction between a man and a woman, that eventually produces a fatal ending. This is a timeless theme, and while the outer elements change through time, the essential components stay the same - forbidden love and irresistible passion, betrayal and subsequent devastation.
As you can see, I used only three elements to point out the essence of my interpretation: a feminine element, a masculine element, and a vision. Although definitely not the most beautiful of women, my Helen is dressed in a simple but richly draped clothes. She is bathing in light.
And the third element of this composition is a vision of a broken ancient Greek helmet, with a serpent coming out of it, and biting its own tale. In the image of a serpent biting its own tail, or so-called the Ouroboros, lies the thought of devouring oneself and turning oneself into a circulatory process. Ouroboros is a symbol for the integration and assimilation of the opposites…it represents infinity or wholeness. Ouroboros slays himself and brings himself to life, fertilizes himself and gives birth to himself. (C.G. Jung)
Questions like: does Love knows about the morality, or is Love a phenomenon that transcends all the concepts known to men, and therefore should stand above all judgment; what is the actual relationship between the sexual attraction and Love, between the personal benefits and Love; is there something like unconditional Love; can Love sometimes be considered a sin, or is it always a virtue; having in mind the terrible consequences of their afire, were Helen and Paris guilty of selfishness and egoism; or were they just the little figurines in the game of chess played by Gods; or do their actions have the power to influence Gods; in other words, do Gods need man, as much as man need Gods...?
In spite of my wishful thinking, I don’t believe that my modest pictorial contribution to this everlasting dilemma has the ability to bring forth some of these fundamental questions, let alone to give an answer. However, it is true that these thoughts have played an important role, inevitably influencing the composition and the creation of this painting.
Posted by Petar Meseldžija at 09:23
Monday, September 23, 2013
I am finally back from the US and Illuxcon. It was a wonderful and inspiring convention, perhaps one of the best IlluxCon shows until now, if not the best! The space was fantastic, and it was filled with lots of stunning pieces of art. Many great artists were present - from living legends to young and upcoming stars. I met great people and had memorable moments and conversations with them. This convention is definitely a have-to-attend event!I want to thank all of you who visited our booth. A special thanks to those who bought a painting, or a drawing, or my new artbook, or a print! It is much appreciated! I hope we did not disappoint you in any way, and look forward to see you next time.
|The Balkan Crew - With Milivoj Ceran, Filip Burburan and Badel Sljivovica (Sljivovitsa)|
|Morgan Bantly, Omar Rayyan and Jean Bantly|
|Talking with one of the living legends of Fantasy Art, great Greg Hildebrandt!|
|The drawing I did for Greg Hildebrandt in a copy of my artbook.|
|Enjoying the conversation with Irene Gallo and Greg Manchess, another great artist and an extraordinary painter!|
|With Mark Harchar.|
|Cheers! With Paul and LizAnn Lizotte.|
|Visiting the booth of talented Andy Brase.|
|Discussing some interesting subjects with Eric Fortune.|
|Having a short but pleasant chat with Dan Dos Santos.|
|Justin Gerard and Annie Stegg.|
|With Mike Sass.|
With my charming and indispensable assistant, my wife Anita.
Posted by Petar Meseldžija at 23:13