A few months ago, around the time that I received an ARC edition of Ann and Jeff VanderMeer's Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded, I was made aware of Serbian illustrator Ivica Stevanović. I was immediately impressed and wanted more samples of his work.
Early in December 2010, Jeff blogged about Ivica's new blog. This blog, Edge Art, featured drawings from a book on Serbian mythology that he illustrated. I wanted it, quite badly. Fortunately, I know one of his students, Dunja. Dunja just so happens to be the very talented artist who did this for me last year. She said she would try to get a copy for me. She emailed me a few days later saying she had acquired one and that it would be a belated Christmas gift to me. I was quite excited.
The book arrived today and I was very surprised and elated to see this dedication. I was feeling very ill from work exhaustion, but this has cheered me up immensely. Many thanks to both Dunja for arranging this and Ivica for taking the time to do a personalized illustration for me.
Just thought the rest of you might want to see this very talented illustrator and just a small sampling of what promises to be a book that I'll read and re-read (once my understanding of Serbian progresses beyond elementary school-level phrases). Hope you enjoyed these images. If you want to see more of Ivica's work but cannot read Serbian, he is working on a few more English-language projects, including at least one (and likely more) with the VanderMeers that should see the light of day in the near future.