The OF Blog: Cover art (and illustrations) you'll want to own

Monday, January 31, 2011

Cover art (and illustrations) you'll want to own

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.


Harry Markov said...

I really want this... :D You are one very lucky man. That would make a fine addition to anyone's personal library. I'm following his blog, so I'm just dying to have a bound copy of it all.

Anonymous said...

The book is available as a free PDF download from

The profile was linked from his own blog so I assume it's perfectly legal & official.

Very nice artist!

Gabriele Campbell said...

That's one cool dedication.

Though I wonder how the little monsters would stand up to your squirrels. :)

D said...

@ Gabriele

The little monsters are squirrel-approved. :)

Larry Nolen said...

Indeed. In fact, it was squirrel-approved for me to get a copy in the first place :D

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