Wednesday, December 24, 2014

My live painting demo piece

One Fantastic Week show

I was a special guest on a weekly web show “One Fantastic Week”. Pete Mohrbacher and Sam Flegal were my hosts, and we talked for an hour about art, my book on giants, mythology, and a few other related subject matters.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

First Stretch Goal Unlocked!

We have hit our first stretch goal which unlocks the free 30 minute video of me painting.
Here is a summary of bonus items that you can get if you place your pre-order by January 2nd!

1. Both the trade hardcover and deluxe edition are $10.00 off the cover price when ordered through Kickstarter!
2. Free USPS Media Mail shipping in the U.S.
3. Free exclusive print!
4. Free Book of Giants journal!
5. We will add a free 30 minute online streaming video of Petar painting the giant portrait that is seen in the Kickstarter promotional video!


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New video

Flesk publisher John Fleskes has posted a new video!

"New Video: Interview with Petar Meseldzija!
In October 2013 I visited with Petar in his studio in the Netherlands. We sat for an afternoon and discussed a series of topics that span his entire career. I have posted the first part of the interview today which covers his career from his earliest days up till how he became the artist that he is today. The running time is 19 minutes. Follow the link and enjoy!"

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sketch Pack

Would you like to get a beautiful drawing like this sample? We have an option available for people to get a drawing when pre-ordering The Book of Giants through our Kickstarter campaign.

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Book of Giants Stretch Goals Announced! Pre-Order and Get Special Bonus Items!

 Hi, all,

Both Petar Meseldzija and I are thrilled to have met our initial goal with The Book of Giants Kickstarter campaign through the generosity of our supporters. We will be sending the book to the printer immediately after this campaign ends in early January. Here is a summary of bonus items that people will receive if pre-ordered through Kickstarter.

1. Both the trade hardcover and deluxe edition are $10.00 off the cover price when ordered through Kickstarter!
2. Free USPS Media Mail shipping in the U.S.
3. Free exclusive print!
4. Free Book of Giants journal!

I would like to announce two stretch goals in the hope that we can offer you more bonus items.

The first is a 30 minute online streaming video of Petar creating the giant portrait that you see in the Kickstarter promotional video. I filmed Petar over the course of two days as he worked on this piece. He discusses and shows how he prepares his palette, then continues with the pencil underdrawing, followed by the underpainting, then the application of the oils.

The second stretch goal that we are adding is a full upgrade to the deluxe edition binding and slipcase. This would include quarter-binding, an inset plate on the front boards and a premium cloth on the slipcase. This would enhance the deluxe book with a much improved package. As with our previous Kickstarter campaigns we will be using all of the raised funds toward improving the production values.

These new features will come at no additional cost to those who order through Kickstarter if we meet our stretch goals.

Please note that the deluxe edition will be limited to only 500 copies and not 1000 copies as previously advertised.

Thanks again for your support!

Here’s the link to the campaign.


John Fleskes

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Book of Giants Kickstarter Campaign is LIVE

A year ago, I made an important announcement in connection with the publisher of my new book on giants, which was still in development at that moment. The time has finally come for the next major announcement:

John Fleskes, from Flesk Publications, and I have launched a new Kickstarter campaign to take pre-orders for The Book of Giants. The art, text and designs are done for the book. We plan on sending it to the printer immediately after the campaign ends in early January.

Please visit this link for the full details, to watch our promotional video, to view more sample pages and to see the original art options that are available.

This has been a "long ride", although pleasurable and in the end quite rewarding. It took more than a year to make this book. First of all, I had to collect all my drawings and painting of giants that I had created during the past 25 years. Then, I made more drawings and paintings, and wrote the text of the entire book.  I also worked on a draft of the book. Now, I don’t think of myself as a designer, let alone as a good one. Nevertheless, I had to take up the challenge of designing the book because I had it in my head--and heart--for a long period of time.  Although a bit vague at the beginning of the process, this vision grew in strength and clarity as the work on the draft progressed. After a few months of research, experimenting with various designs, and hard, continuous work, I finally became sure about the book’s general concept, and how I wanted the book to look like. The process of designing the actual book took almost a year. It must be said, however, that I would never be able to achieve my goals and finish the job properly, and on time, without the competence, skill and kindness of Arpad Terek, the designer whom I worked with on this project for the past year.

Thanks to John Fleskes, who showed the interest in my book and supported and encouraged us throughout the process, I am now able to say, and not without a certain amount of pride, that my newest and perhaps the most complex creation to date, The Book of Giants, will be published by Flesk Publications early next year!