Category Archives: DRAWINGS

O tu? Ar balsavai už Gražulį?

Grazulis uz vairoKaip smagu kartais prikelti sovietinio ir amerikietiškojo agitpropo įvaizdžius… Ši kartą tai iliustracija straipsniui apie Petrą Gražulį, kurią nupiešiau šio mėnesio IQ The Economist.

Manau, jei pagaminčiau plakatų ir atviručių, nesupyktų net tie, kas iš tikrųjų “balsavo” (tiesiog nagus niežti, kaip noriu). Gal… norėtumėte prisidėti?

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Mr. Sinister Minister

And now it’s time for Andrius Kubilius, Lithuanian Prime minister. Oh, lithuanians do have some strong feelings about this guy, don’t they? But I won’t go into political speculations. I’ll just add that he is truly one of those most distinctive characters of our time, at least in the visual sense — with such a lineament you just can’t be unnoticed by all political illustrators in the country, regardless how much talent they have.

Those of you, who know the guy — I think you’ll agree, that his character fits quite well in these mystical, pseudo-religious fantasmic contexts. At least, I have this desire to see the perverse, uncanny side (but not a vulgar side) of any heroic persona, which Kubilius definitely is — just look at all these headlines – “Europes Unsung Heroes“, “Kubilius: Lithuania economy ‘stabilising’“… Anyway. Some lithuanians call him an “alien” and Mr. A.Kubilius proudly accepts that. Well, and my job is to take all this into consideration.

The illustration appeared in IQ. The Economist, #1 [May 2010].

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Miss President 2010

Well, that’s one of my first works after I signed a contract with IQ. The Economist — the Lithuanian partner of TheEconomist“. For a long time I was looking forward to work with some… thing, which would fit into my understanding of intelligent Lithuanian press, and it looks like this one is a real candidate.

Yes, that’s our President Dalia Grybauskaitė as she was portrayed in an article — mysteriously unclear political views, iron-fist kind of behaviour, etc.  And OMG, they have placed a print from a magazine with the drawing in it in the official presidential webpage. Hm… whatta great chance to be (un)noticed by authorities.

Anyway, nothing radical here, just a rather plain metaphor — oldschool drawing with a subtle XIX century fragrance. Why so? Because I like it so.

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Stay Amazed, Stay In Tub

Here’s something I made for an article by Yuri Dobriakov in “370” (doh, when are they gonna have their webpage done?!) about this (un)ability to stay constantly amazed. Yep, that’s just a simple connotation with Archymedes’ euphoria in a bath tub. That would be all for a summary, ’cause to go further into details means to translate into English the whole damn (good) article.

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Ill(ustrate) At Ease

The first thing about being an illustrator is that you must deal with the content that you illustrate (usually it’s the text) in somewhat hierarchical way — i.e., you have to decide, which one is complementary: the content, or the illustration. Usually, you won’t get in the middle, unless you draw comic strips or posters. And usually, the drawing will always be complementary in magazines.

So, having said that, I started making some critical points about the cultural environment around me by creating some self-contained works — the drawings and texts meet there  in rather eaqual parts. Of course, these things ended up looking like posters. But believe me — there are NO such posters in the streets of Lithuania. There is no “conceptual street art” here whatsoever. So you enter the scene without competition… and leave it without any  response.

Oh, and the second thing is, that you should decide, whether you are an illustrator with, or without opinion. And the third thing is — how about relevant topics? And an adequate visual form. And money. And cultural intensity. And you have to get mad sometimes. And… stuff.

So here’s the deal:

Thanks to my dear friend Yuri Dobriakov for the title “Homo Litteratis” and thanks to Kurt Vonnegut for inspiration — title in the footer (“JIS STENGĖSI”) says: “HE TRIED”. Do you remember “Breakfast of Champions”? Exactly. So I moved on and caught myself drawing another Lithuanian “wannabe”:

The title of the… lady says (of course): “Culture”. So, they look like posters, they act as posters and I shouldn’t deceive myself: it makes me want to print them as posters. But where would I put them? Well, for the time being they reside in and “Homo Litteratis” is also in this new publication about Lithuanian culture, “370”, which is so devoted to contemporary culture, that it still doesn’t have time to develop its webpage. Shame, ’cause it’s not so bad at all.

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