Painter, illustrator and comic artist
Finally about to be released, “Religions of Podlasie”, with my illustrations, beautifully designed by Cris Loghin! Today, in Białystok, official promotion starts. The book is a part of socio -educational project run by the Ludwik Zamenhof Centre. I share Anna Talarczyk’s (leader of the project) hopes that this book, addressed to the young audience, can make a change. About a “multicultural background” of Bialystok I was writing before. These days, not only Białystok or Podlasie, but whole Poland is facing the challenge: how to be tolerant, how to be able to stand up against the acts of racism. The answer can be: first, try to understand. And this is what we want to achieve with the book: to help children understand elementary differences, to show them the roots of 5 religions of Podlasie: Catholicism, Orthodox, Judaism, Protestantism and Islam. Hopefully, it will bring the results in the future. And maybe even a few grown-ups will have a look at the pages too (the sub title says: “A guide – not only for children”). More about the project you can find on the LZC page.
About the illustrations and design
The content of a book is very specific, therefore our creative team had to come up with a range of solutions that would help a little reader to focus on the matters important to us. We decided that illustrations should have rather traditional character, in order to treat them as a supplementary (next to main text and text boxes) source of information. Next to pictures, painted with acrylics you can find photo illustrations. The book, published in a hardcover edition, has a 96 pages (ISBN: 978-83-932491-9-0).
PS. Lets not forget how it all started.
A year of workshops, with the Copybook and a program of very challenging attractions.
A hundreds of kids, asking hundreds of questions.