Saturday, April 27, 2013


Dragons! Yes – undying inspiration and a constant theme in the paintings of many illustrators. As you'll see in this post, I did not resist the dragons. It is obvious to draw dragons is a lot of fun. I think there is no mythical creature that is drawn so many times as a dragon. In fact, we can follow the history of illustration / art through examples of drawn dragons. Each illustrator draws a dragon on its way, and there are many illustrators in the world, which means - it's a lot of different dragons!

Last ones in the series of dragons that I did, they are made for my USA clients, for promotional purposes. Two cute dragons as promo art for the U.S. publishers of children's books.
Dragons / Promo Art for U.S. publishers of children's books / 2013

If you peek in my sketchbook, you can always find a few dragons… 
Dragons from my sketchbook

I recently dug up some old works with dragons, from 2001. These are watercolor drawings of dragons.
Dragons / Watercolor drawing / 2001
At one of the drawings there is a little boy who is standing against the dragon. The little knight is very reminiscent of Harry Potter, but that year when the drawing was made, I did not know anything about Harry. 
Dragons and The Little Knight / Watercolor drawing / 2001

In 2004, I studied Demonology as an alternative aesthetic. It was my master thesis at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. At that time, I created a series of dragons under the influence of medieval engravings and prints of Renaissance German engravers like Albrecht Durer - my favorite
Dragons / Lexicon of Art Legions / 2004 - 2005

Soon, these dragons appeared in the book Lexicon of Art Legions.
Dragon Mimezisa / Lexicon of Art Legions / 2004 - 2005

And of course, in the end, here's the inevitable dragon from Tolkien's world, from The Hobbit – Smaug…  
Dragon Smaug / Watered ink and pen / 2008
Love dragons, and beware of the fire!

Thursday, April 18, 2013


A few days ago I received good news from Jackie Miles:
“Dear Ivica;
This year’s Spectrum jury (consisting of Tim Bruckner, Irene Gallo, Tim Kirk, Mark A. Nelson, and Michael R. Whelan) has selected your art for inclusion in Spectrum20: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art

What's happening to me? - The main protagonist of KC
 …The names of your selected works:
   1) Kindly Corpses - winged figure in black robe
   2) Kindly Corpses - Skull figure with hourglass and flowers and nude woman…”

So, let's be reminded how they look these two pieces. Both drawings are from the last story in the comic book - Autopsy of Death.

In the meantime, we printed a third edition of Kindly Corpses, in Serbia. It's a miracle that we have come to the third edition in these unfortunate economic circumstances, especially in our country.

Third Serbian edition od Kindly Corpses / Drawing dedication to one of the fans
"This is mine and only mine!" – Katarina, biggest fan of KC
For those who have not had opportunity to find out more about this graphic novel, here are links that can be helpful.
Download link – first two chapters in PDF format (ENGLISH language version): HERE
Download link – first two chapters in PDF format (Serbian language version): HERE
Enjoy and beware!