2020 so far

Greetings from the studio, folks!

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I hope that this finds everyone well. Quite an interesting year so far, for all of us… Here are a few art updates and some recent developments.

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Over the summer I’ve completed all the illustrations for the new limited edition of Kenneth Grahame’s classic The Wind in the Willows.  This was a commission from my friends at Mad Parrot Press. 12 full page images and 8 vignettes will appear in the book that is now in production stages. The edition is set to be released by the end of the year. More information about this project and book order info can be found here.

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A new edition of Ray Bradbury’s novel Something Wicked This Way Comes is also in the production stages. The book will include 6 of my illustrations and will be released by Centipede Press. This should be an excellent edition with a foreword by none other then Neil Gaiman. Besides my illustrations, it will also feature artwork by David Ho and Matt Mahurin.

On to my own limited edition book project, Lewis Carroll’s Haddocks’ Eyes

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The work is going full speed ahead. All the lino plates are carved, type is set (for the most part) and the printing is underway. I’ve been using my studio to print the ghost (sepia) images and Reflex Letterpress in Charlestown, MA for the black ink plates and type. Still considering several binding options and looking to get everything wrapped up by early next year. The book will be in edition of 32. Please drop me a line if you’d like to find out more about this project or are interested in reserving a copy of the book.

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In other developments, I have resumed the work based on the short stories by Aleksandr Chayanov. This is a very fluid project with no specific deadline, so I’ve been creating images over several years now, whenever time permits. Those are charcoal drawings, that will eventually be collected in a single publication.

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2020 has not been so great in terms of in-person print fairs and exhibits, but there are several upcoming events that I am really excited about. Next week, I’ll be a Visiting Artist at the Kansas City Art Institute. They have invited me for a full day event where I will be presenting my work, do a virtual studio tour, demos and student crits. KCAI is my alma mater. It’s been 20 years since I graduated with a BA degree in Illustration and Graphic Design. So, being invited to present to the new generation of students is quite exciting on many levels!

In November/December, I am taking part in another virtual event – the Los Angeles Printer’s Fair. Looking forward to exhibiting alongside some amazing artists and print makers. This event will take place over two months, so there is plenty of time to check out all the work.

There are also a bunch of other creative projects that are in the works. I am on sabbatical leave this semester, so quite a few new prints and drawings are being conceived and created. I’ll be posting about this separately, once things will start to take shape. Also in the plans is to finally update the portfolio site and the shop. I’ve neglected those for a while.

More to come soon!

Take care and stay safe,

Vladimir

Codex 2019

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Well, it looks like the last post on this blog dates back to the previous Codex Book Fair, that occurred two years ago. It definitely has been a while… Art updates on Instagram and Facebook have taken over, and this site has been neglected. I am planning on fixing this moving forward. Although, the above mentioned platforms are great for keeping folks informed on what’s going on in the studio, it is extremely hard to keep things organized, or find something from just a few months ago. Besides, I would really love to share the art process with a bit more of an in-depth look behind the scenes. And that’s what this blog was designed to do. There are quite a few things to talk about. At the moment I am working with three different Presses on several book projects, as well as my own Wild Pangolin Press creation. I will be posting about this as the work unfolds.

On to Codex 2019. As always, this was an amazing time to get together with fellow book artists and printers, see old friends, make new ones and share some recent work.

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The turnout was amazing. By many accounts this was the biggest Codex Fair yet. Among the new work that I presented were the recently completed (almost) illustrations for Ray Bradbury’s novel Something Wicked This Way Comes, commissioned by Centipede Press. The publication date is yet to be determined. More on this project in the future posts.

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Among other recent things was the mock-up of the new project that I am currently working on – Lewis Carroll’s Haddocks’ Eyes. Four spreads from the book were printed and displayed. This one is at the very early stages and many things, like binding, edition and some of the content, are yet to be determined. The plan is to illustrate and typographically interpret the whole poem, which at this point, will consist of 16 page spreads, plus there are other things that I am considering including in the final edition. Here is a quick look:

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Besides the Book Fair itself, there were numerous Codex-related events happening throughout the week and the schedule got pretty hectic. So it was especially great to find some time and connect with good friends, the Fine Press printers that I am working with at the moment. To my left is Chad Pastotnik of Deep Wood Press. Currently I am involved in illustrating the new edition of Kenneth Grahame‘s The Wind in the Willows, that Chad will be publishing under the Mad Parrot Press. To Chad’s right are Peggy Gotthold and Lawrence Van Velzer of Foolscap Press. I am working with them on illustrating the limited edition of Andreï Makine’s novel Brief Loves That Live Forever.

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More updates on all those projects (and others) will follow shortly. In the meantime, I am getting ready for the Manhattan Fine Press Fair that will take place on Saturday, March 9, 2019. If you are in the area, come by and say hello! More info about the event can be found here.

Photo credits: very top – kavalerka, one bellow – Dima Sayenko, bottom one – a very nice waiter of a very nice Mexican restaurant in Berkeley, CA.