For “Pigtale” creator Ovi Nedelcu, sitting still just isn’t an option. In addition to the previously mention Image Comics series, this September Nedelcu has a new hard cover sketchbook coming out called “Desene: Sketches & Scribbles,” also from Image. The 104 page book contains a whole load of sketches and designs by Nedelcu, taken directly from both his analog and digital sketchbooks, plus notes and thoughts as he takes you through the book. The book includes a foreword from director Henry Selick (“James & The Giant Peach”). We caught up with Nedelcu to get a preview of the book and to find out a bit more of what he’s got going on here.
First of all, what’s that word “Desene” mean? Nedelcu says it means drawings in Romanian, which is also his native land. So, essentially the full title in English would read “Drawings, Sketches & Scribbles.” As for the contents of “Desene,” Nedelcu filled things out a bit for us. “It’s a book filled with my raw sketches,” said Nedelcu. “I have some commentary in the book that goes through some of my process and thoughts on how I work and what was going through my mind when draw. There are a few pieces from ‘Pigtale,’ there are also a few designs from animation shows I did, but mostly just stuff that has nothing to do with production work. It’s a mixed bag, and yes, there are some hints at new up-coming projects in the book, but I don’t elaborate on it.”
Nedelcu said the idea to do a sketchbook came from Image’s Eric Stephenson during the Emerald City Comic Con back in February. “I was at the Image booth selling and signing ‘Pigtale’ and drawing in my sketchbook. Eric saw me drawing and suggested I put out a book filled with my sketches. At first I didn’t really want to do it, but then thought ‘why not?’ So, here we are.”
It might strike some as odd that a relative newcomer like Nedelcu would be doing a sketchbook, but that’s not going to stop the creator. “I wanted to do sketch book because people don’t really know me that well and doing an ‘art of’ or a ‘how to’ book would come off a little too pretentious. I might do an ‘art of’ book when I’m 40 or 50 years old, but for now I think a sketchbook is fine. On the flip side, why not put out a book whether people know me or not? Why do I have to be an established name to have the right to put my work out? Who makes these rules? If people like my work and the book and want to buy it, then that’s all that matters. It’s kind of a fine line between being pretentious and tenacious. I guess I’ll let the audience and public decide.”
Look for “Desene: Sketches & Scribbles” in the Image Comics section of Diamond’s Previews Catalog. While Diamond incorrectly listed the book with a $17.99 cover price, it actually carries a a $29.99 cover price.
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