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.

Book Fair

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

Excerpts from Nikolai Gogol’s The Diary of a Madman – 10 years

 

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This book that I’ve created as a Grad student at Central St. Martins’ is celebrating 10 years! The experience of creating it was magical and it opened quite a few doors for me. This was my entryway into the publishing, illustration, letterpress and Fine Press book world. The book was handset with metal type, the illustrations were done with linocuts and everything was printed and bound by hand in the college’s print shop and in my tiny room in an East London flat. It took about 7 months from start to finish and I made enough prints for 20 editions of the book. Since then, those books have been exhibited and found their new homes all over the world – England, France, Netherlands, different parts of the States (one of the last ones was on it’s way to Missouri last week).

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I’ve done quite a few book projects and have a few in the works right now, but the experience of doing this one is always fresh in my memory. Everything was new. The feel of metal type, sounds of proof presses, smell of printing ink, finger cuts from lino cutters… That feeling of uncertainty, trial and error, constant mistakes and revisions, something completely new, unexpected and real.