Some guys just get lucky …
I am presenting you with a selection of drawings which I did in a number of my books. These drawings were made for fans, colleagues and friends who either bought a copy of the book, or have got it from me as a present. The intention was to do a little sketch and to make their copy more personal and special. But in each of these cases, soon after I started to draw, I felt inspired and instead of a simple sketch I ended up with a detailed drawing. All of them were done in my studio, or during one of my vacations, when I had enough time and when I was in the right mood. Usually when signing my books during the conventions, I do not have enough time for a nice drawing. I am always excited and even a bit nervous in this kind of situation. This contributes to the poor drawing results and therefore I am almost never satisfied with the sketches that I do during the conventions. These lesser drawings “decorate” the books of the less fortunate buyers. But, I presume, they are still luckier than those who only got a signature in their copy.
|A convention sketch|
Unlike the drawings from the conventions, the drawings presented below were done in the familiar surroundings, with no time limit, and in peace and quiet. They are a kind of materializations of my thoughts and feelings, the ghosts of the ideas that are roaming through my mind in search of a proper “body” and the final incarnation. When starting such a drawing session , I often have no idea of what I am going to do. I just begin drawing lines on the paper and I follow the shape that starts to appear. Reacting on what I see in front of me, I gradually build up the form. The story of the piece is developing simultaneously, inspiring the addition of new elements and features. The theme of the drawing often has something to do with the content of the book, or it might be connected to the subject matter that preoccupy me at that time.
However, I was so pleased with a few of these drawings that I decided to include them in some of my book projects.
The next two drawings were conceived as the illustrations for the book Banished demons. As you can see there is not much difference in terms of detail and general quality between them and the drawings from above.
I told you, some guys just get lucky…