A few rough sketches and the final preliminary drawing for a new painting titled “Giant Velles Protecting the Holy Oak-Tree”. This is a private commission, however when finished it will be included in my upcoming book on Giants. There is a nice story (although a little sad) that goes with the painting.
Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
Posted by Petar Meseldžija | Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
Petar Meseldžija was born in Novi Sad, Serbia, in 1965. He began his career in 1981, publishing the comic strip "Krampi" in the Stripoteka, one of the best known comic magazines in the country. This was followed by a series of short comics and his work on the licensed comic book Tarzan. He graduated from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, in the Painting Department. During his studies he continued to work on comics, but also more often working on illustrations. In 1991 he illustrated his first book Peter Enkorak, published by Mladinska knjiga from Slovenia. At the end of 1991 he moved to the Netherlands. Soon after, he stopped working on comics and dedicated himself to illustration and painting. During the 1990s he painted about 120 posters and greeting cards, mostly for Verkerke Reproduktie from Holland. For Grimm Press, a publisher from Taiwan, he did 33 illustrations for the book King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. He held his first solo exhibition of illustrations and paintings in 1998 in the Tjalf Sparnaay Gallery in Amsterdam. He has participated in many group exhibitions in Yugoslavia, the Netherlands and the USA. His work has been published in a variety of periodicals and books all over the world. Among many awards which he received for his work are: “Plaque The International Golden pen of Belgrade, 1994”, Yugoslavia; The “Art Show Judges Choice Award” – 59th World Science Fiction Convention, Philadelphia, 2001, US.; Two Silver Awards from “Spectrum 4 and Spectrum 10 – The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art”, U.S.; Gold Award “Spectrum 16 – The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art”, U.S. From the beginning of 2000 he has dedicated himself to gallery art. Of the exhibitions where he has participated, the most worthy of mention is the Exhibition of Independent Realists. This exhibition, organized annually at the Mohlmann Museum from the Netherlands, offers clear insight into the creative achievements of contemporary Dutch artists in the domain of realist and figurative art. In addition to painting, he continues to do illustrations. Two other significant projects should be mentioned. He painted 10 book covers for books of children's fantasy literature for the American publisher Scholastic Inc. Likewise, he illustrated the Serbian folk take “Prava se muka ne da sakriti”(“Real Trouble Cannot Be Hidden") for Bazar Tales, a publisher from Norway. In his work on the book, The Legend of Steel Bashaw, he has invested enormous time and effort. This project, for him of the greatest importance, was started in 1993. Including shorter and longer breaks, the longest of which lasted 7 years, he has been working on the book for 15 years, finally finishing it in August of 2008. His original work is to be found in the private collections in Serbia, the Netherlands, Germany and the U.S.
your values and composition are beautiful. thank you for sharing! how large are the pages you are putting together?
can't wait to see it with colours! it's very powerful!
Insanely good as usual- can't wait to see how the piece develops!
I am sure this pictures are designed by an expert artist and i want to say about these photos these are awesome i have ever seen.
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His right arm seems really long.
Not very large, about 30X42 cm.
Looking really promising! I am very excited to see how this develops, and I really like the theme with the giants defending the old oak, very “Meseldzija-esque”!
Amazing work Petar!
An incredible work of draftsmanship! I love how it all comes together. Who am I to criticize, but the giant's club looks a a bit too static to me, like it's resting on his shoulders.
I am so excited for your new book. This drawing is stunning, as much as I admire your paintings I always get lost in how beautiful your line work in yours drawings are. A true master.
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Thank you all! The underpainting of this piece is under way. Once this is dry, the real battle will start. This poor giant has to deal with 12 fierce warriors… I, on the other hand, have to deal with him , and the 12 fierce warriors! 🙂
Hi Kiri! 🙂
I like all that howling and leaping… and raw power of the first sketch.
It is great Petar, as usual…
The pictures remind us the “Romantic Era “. Yes , sometimes we need to travel in the past and make a bridge with the present.Thanks for your brilliant sketches.Unbounded Technology
It is a nice sketch no doubt and the theme of the sketch is also good. We look forward for your next initiatives.Unbounded Technology
“Giant Velles Protecting the Holy Oak-Tree” – if the -Holy Oak Tree- represented as a symbol of PEACE ,Giant Velles is no more a monster like creature. Right ?
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Thank you, Aleksa!