Joanna Karpowicz

Painter, illustrator and comic artist

Kinky “Limericks”

“Limericks” is a limited edition book, designed by designer and typographer Cristian Loghin, illustrated by me. “Limericks” were written by Mr. and Mrs. P. – a happy couple, married long time ago. This book was prepared in a complete conspiration – as an anniversary gift for Mr. P. from his wife.

We wanted to find the visual way that would correspond with a witty character and spicy tone of the texts. First, have a look at the rendered concepts.


Here is how the arabesque, a decorative motive appearing on the pages (bordure), was created. First I made a sketch with a pencil of the half of the arabesque – then I flipped it vertically in PS and checked the effect. Seemed ok, but Cristi wanted me to equalize the difference between thin and thick elements. Below, in a sketch you can see where the problem was – main plots of the arabesque are more visible and we wanted something more consistent.

At this picture, you can see the arabesque inked. I placed a piece of transparent calque on the pencil sketch and traced the drawing with a brush and ink. You can see how it nicely got more thick and consistent.


Now it looks pretty innocent and decorative, but if you have a closer look…you can see the kinky detail. And that’s the trick here.

Speaking about details. Here is the sketch for the decorative motive on the cover. Cris wanted to have a strong motive in red. For me it was of course easier to prepare it in positive and then invert, to check how it looks.


Below illustrations, presenting Mr. P in his favorite environment: skiing and drinking vine. Those illustrations were also inked, with the same “analog tracing method” I described earlier.

As a child Mr.P loved to read Lem (so did I). This drawing, placed in Bio section, at the end of a book presents young Mr.P and a Robot (reading Gombrowicz, great polish writer)


And here is how it looked printed (Kolory24, from Cracow, Poland – awesome people, they really love the art of print). Cover was screen printed, pages – digitally.  We were all very happy with the result.

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