After more than two years in the making our book is finally out! Basically, it is a free-style lexicon of mythical beings and creatures originating from the humorous proverbs, expressions and idioms used in Serbian language, although some of them are quite universal, such as Wolf in sheep’s clothing. All these beings are personified, embodied, characterized and categorized regarding their shape, origin and habits.
Back in September 2008 I read the text for the first time and loved it. I found it very funny and inspiring. In a sea of commercial illustration this project was a tiny treasure island, a book that I could illustrate exactly the way I wanted, no special style required and no limitations imposed whatsoever (no deadline either which is always a blessing and a curse unless you know your drill). I had total creative freedom, but it came with a price: it could only be done in my spare time, after the work I do for living would be out of the way. So I just jumped into it. I dare say it was quite a feat!
This was a very risky project from the beginning due to the fact that there here was no contract with a publisher, no advance, no guarantee that it would ever get published. Once the project was completed though, we were lucky to get an official offer from a local publishing house, Mladinska knjiga.
We are hoping to get an opportunity to translate/adapt it for a wider audience in the near future. In the meantime, I hope you'll enjoy the pictures!
Written by Aleksandar Milajić Illustrated by Bojana Dimitrovski Cover Design and Artwork: B.Dimitrovski Book Design: A.Milajic i B. Dimitrovski