“Are all giants ugly? This question has been tormenting me for some time. According to my wife, I have been waking up in the middle of the night, bathing in sweat , and shouting “Yes”, or “No”, depending on the answer that prevailed in my dreams that night, I guess. This torture went on for months, until the last Sunday afternoon when I finally found the right answer to this crucial question. In the far corner of my mind, where the remnants of the mythological mind still exist, I found a sample of the giant’s race that could be considered as pretty. A funny looking fellow of the considerable proportions, who was aware of his “prettiness”, which is a bit unusual behavior for a giant, for they think that when one is big and strong, one does not have to be pretty or clever. He also had a good feeling for esthetics and detail, the characteristics quite alien to the giant’s mentality. The little skull-button on his collar testifies to that…”
(from the unwritten and unpublished book Giants – the purpose of their existence and their function in the modern-neoliberal-consumers' society.)
Just pulling your leg!…I have no problems or nightmares in connection with giants whatsoever. There is no book with that silly title either (at least not yet!).
The drawing from above was done in one of the copies of the Serbian edition of Steel Bashaw. A client purchased a copy of the book on my website, and also commissioned me to do a detailed drawing in it.
If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the Serbian edition of Steel Bashaw with a detailed drawing, please contact me through my email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will discuss the price and the details of the commission. I still have about 12 copies left in stock.
As for the giants, and without kidding this time – “ The giants are one of my favorite subjects. They are wonderfully grotesque, and I like to draw and paint grotesque things. They are extremely inspiring as a form, as well as a content. In their appearance they are such a good reminder of the inevitability of transience and the deterioration in life. The people who are lucky to reach the old age will eventually become a kind of giants themselves. Well, certainly not in size, but in the physical appearance; big nose and ears, mouth without teeth, bent posture, often grumpy in attitude and with that worn out expression in their watery eyes…sad on one hand, grotesque on the other.
To give my giants the right character and to make them appear more realistic, in a certain way, I have searched for the inspiration among the old people, beggars, drunkards and even the mentally handicapped persons.”
These lines are taken from the bonus section of the US edition of Steel Bashaw. The funny thing is that, when James Gurney posted the information about the publication of this US edition on his blog, beside some nice comments about the illustrations, he also referred to the last paragraph from the text from above. Some people, who left a comment, made a kind of fuss about that, accusing me of not being sensitive enough and being disrespectful towards the old and misfortunate people that I used as the inspiration for my giants. According to them, it was not “politically correct” to treat the less fortunate members of the community in the way I did. Upon reading these comments I was a bit shocked, especially because I never thought of making these old or unfortunate people ridiculous. On the contrary, in my opinion I showed the respect by paying the attention to them, in my own way. Fortunately James came to my rescue, kindly and intelligently, by on one side showing the understanding for the opinion of the politically correct “critics”, but at the same time stressing the importance of the artistic freedom. Some other guys who also defended my approach noted that it is not unusual for an artist to search for the inspiration among the weak and the fragile members of the society.
Well, as for the political correctness and Art - we know that this marriage is an unfortunate one, doomed to fail, sooner or later. Think of the 20st century Soviet Art, so called Social-Realism, and the things that happened to those unfortunate artists who have not been sufficiently politically correct in their artistic expression.
More samples of not politically correct art…