Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Holiday snapshot alert: these were taken in the Patsaspuisto ("sculpture park") in Parikkala, Finland, at walking distance from the Russian border. Over 500 cement life-size sculptures are to be seen there, so as remote as the place may be, it is... kind of crowded. They look bizarre, morbid to some, with their glass eyes and dentures (which the artist, Veijo Rönkkönen, obtained by mail from doctors) Check the link for more detailed information about this remarkable outsider artist.
Quite a personal pilgrimage.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Medieval panel


as it's on good way to be finish i can show you this almost at the end, most of the work now won't be very visible on picture (its about glazing the surfaces)

that is my best attempt to get back to painting, with more figurativ work than i was doing years ago. Technically it's very close to flemish painting, means working on woodboard with homemade pigments and medium which is oil+resin (sandarac)

then i ry to stay in the renaissance type without going to realistic, more or less

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The 3rd generation on the 9th Island

Some days ago, i started working on a new chapter of The 9th Island. This will be called 'The Cape of Fools'.
I did not think of it at first, but i find myself taking pleasure in having my characters aging and introducing younger generations. It was kind of inescapable in my biography of Hieronymus Bosch, but now it comes naturally. Probably because that is what it is, natural. Yes it does happen sometimes in comics, but rarely.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

RIP Carlos Nine

Apart from this notice by Paul Gravett I've seen very little mention of his passing. Which is sad because he had some of the most impressive ability in comics from the last few decades, Only his Dungeon book got an English translation and I've been hoping for more for years. It's a shame about Jack Davis (who I also loved) but c'mon comics people, why didn't you make a bigger fuss over Carlos? (I mean a bigger fuss in general, not that I think he deserved a bigger fuss than Davis)

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