Drawing: Fountain of Africa (2011)

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africa2011-11-08Color pencils and ink, 10×15 cm. Inspired by Afrikan tähti (Star of Africa) board game, that is legendary in Finland. I have the original game by Kuvataide from 1950s in my collection which I inherited from my dear grand mother she was an oil painter. We used to play the game a lot and I have fond memories of it. I also have the extremely rare Commodore 64 game adaptation (1986) made by Amersoft.

This art is from the Apokryfia sketch book #10 Kappa the Color where all the illustrations are in color, instead of mostly black and white of the other volumes.

By the way, Madagascar has traveled all the way to the exact opposite side of the “pool continent” here for some reason.

Fountain of Africa is from December 8th 2011 and it was a follow-up and based on the proximate black and white ink sketch from November 8th 2011. Mountains and some kind of a huge tree-sized plant make the surrounding setting in both and I picked the woman-motif and giraffe for the color work too,

The particular November-sketch on the other hand originates from my morphing graphic novel Apokryfia: Zeta (April 2011) see the post Venus and the Dream Machine. There is a section happening in Africa with skeletons in the middle of the story where all this started from. (Zeta will be featured in the blog too.)

Apokryfia sketch book series 2009–

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Here are my Apokryfia sketch books where this website and blog were originally inspired from and based on. This is where my artistic ideas often derive from.

These are the first 10 books (3.4.2009 – 26.12.2011) and I’m currently (September 2016) on the 13th book. There are currently over 1500 pages of sketches and illustrations.

The books are named after the Greek alphabet from Alpha to Omega. The vignette symbols make some kind of reference in the contents of each book. There is also a box carrying the first 12 issues.

Note: to the sharp-eyed viewers – yes, Delta and Gamma are mixed on purpose for the shot because I originally made a mistake with the side vignette. I.e. every other vignette is supposed to be an open outer line drawing and every other is fat and colored. (Plus Theta is mysteriously left blank.)

#6 Zeta is a metamorphing graphic novel from beginning to end, and it will be featured in the blog too. Here’s a small preview excerpt to get you excited… 😉shop