Anubis traveling – on paper

A series of illustrations on paper with Anubis – leitmotive: travel.

anubis-w-hakone_papier-web

Joanna Karpowicz / “Anubis in Hakone I”, 25 x 35 cm, acrylic on paper, 2015

Joanna Karpowicz, "Maddux Air Lines", 25 x 35 cm, acrylic on paper, 2015

Joanna Karpowicz, “Maddux Air Lines”, 25 x 35 cm, acrylic on paper, 2015

Maddux Air Lines, established in the late 1920 operated in California, Arizona and Mexico. Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart were among the famous aviators who were involved with Maddux.
And here is Anubis with a Lady, who plans to spend her winter holidays at Agua Caliente Casino, sipping coctails in the sun.

Joanna Karpowicz / "Parkersburg X-Mass", 25 x 35 cm, acrylic on paper, 2015

Joanna Karpowicz / “Parkersburg X-Mass”, 25 x 35 cm, acrylic on paper, 2015

anubis-w-cancun_web

“Anubis in Cancun”, 25 x 35 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2014

About love – for Wysokie Obcasy

On spring, 2015 “Wysokie Obcasy’, women’s extra with Gazeta Wyborcza (every Saturday) had launched a new short stories series, called “About Love”. For a few months I was illustrating those life-style stories gathered and written by Magdalena Lankosz, Magdalena Kicińska and Jerzy Ziemacki.

Here is a few examples of my work.

historia02_jkarpowiczp1050334historia_02_jziemacki_jkarpowicz_sp1050346historia-milosna-_05_bis_uklad11707720_1001929706525604_8296611214151452898_ohistoria-milosna-_07_uklad11755149_1009067455811829_3307899085547674103_nhistoria-milosna-_09_uklad11036986_1016714308380477_9187079645149093137_nhistoria-milosna-_10_uklad11924369_1025121500873091_2718158602857125685_ohistoria-milosna-_11_ukladp1050332

Storyboards for Ziarno Prawdy (Grain of truth)

The storyboard for an underground sequence from “A Grain of Truth” is finished. In order to capture the plot of dramatic events I’ve made over 110 frames and a dozens of pencil sketches (frankly I had to stop myself not to make a full comic story out of it). After an experience with the underground model made out of clay I choose a painting technique for the storyboards, because it seemed to be more expressive and suited towards the general mood of the location.
Here is a few frames.
zdjc499cie1

 

 

 

 

storyboard_ziarno-prawdy_01

storyboard_ziarno-prawdy_05

storyboard_ziarno-prawdy_013

storyboard_ziarno-prawdy_015
untitled-1

The Lipstick Munny

It is a very weird feeling to hold this naked, white figurine in my hands. And then give it a life. You wash it carefully, with a warm water and soap, you dry it gently and then – there it is, waiting for you to become somebody. I’ve painted this vinyl toy for Artkomiks.pl (sold). It is inspired by my first comic album, “The Lipstick” / “Szminka”, written by Jerzy Szyłak.

img_0713 img_0715 img_0727 img_0734 img_0738 img_0743 img_0756 img_0759 img_0765 img_0767 img_0769 img_0771 img_0773 img_0775 img_0779 img_0781 img_0783 img_0785 img_0789 img_0791 img_0792 munny_szminkowaty

Pin-up Alice

Here is three illustrations of my Pin-up Alice series,  inspired by Lewis Carroll’s ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. I love the story and Wonderland’s atmosphere. I also like vintage pin-up art very much, it is sexy, yet in a way sweet and innocent. My Alice’s are not that lost, as the original one and a bit more sophisticated. To tell the truth I’ve always had a feeling that Carroll was writing for a bit more mature reader. I made those illustrations with my favorite technique: acrylics on textured canvas paper. Also, as I believe that music and pictures go hand in hand I would highly recommend you to follow “The White Rabbit” while reading this post. “One side will make you grow taller, and the other side will make you grow shorter.”

One side of WHAT? The other side of WHAT?’ thought Alice to herself. “Of the mushroom,” said the Caterpillar, just as if she had asked it aloud; and in another moment it was out of sight.

pin-up_autumn-alice_s pin-up_hookah-alice_s pin-up_mushroom-alice_s

Player

Freshly painted portrait of a “Duck playing skat”, 33 x 27 cm, acrylic on canvas. I painted it as a gift to my Step Father, famous duck collector and skat player.
What animal would you choose to be painted as?

duck-playing-skat_33x27cm_2014_s

Joanna Karpowicz / “Player”, 33 x 27 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2014

I also painted a “lucky duck” on my Step Father’s skiing helmet.
zdjecie

Anubis in the grass – vinyl toy

“I am the grass; I cover all”
I always wanted to paint figurines, but I didn’t until Marek Kasperski, a collector of comic original artworks and owner of ArtKomiks.pl – first professional on-line comic artwork gallery in PL, send me two little Munnies. Oh it was fun. This is the first one, inspired by my Anubis painting series you can see in this post.
img_0802

img_0805

 

img_0812

 

img_0818

 

img_0824

img_0826

 

img_0833

img_0835

img_0837

img_0839

img_0841

img_0843

img_0847

img_0851

img_0866

img_0868

img_0872

img_0874

img_0883

img_0928

img_0929

img_0932

img_0934

img_0936

img_0938

Betonowy Pałac – book cover

Gaja Grzegorzewska, Polish novelist, the author of crime novels about a female private detective, Julia Dobrowolska: Żniwiarz, Noc z czwartku na niedzielę, Topielica (awarded with Great Caliber in 2011) and Grób (2012). Her newest book, “Betonowy Pałac” is going to be released on 28th of August, 2014. It’s published by Wydawnictwo Literackie from Cracow. I’m happy to announce that my illustration is going to be on the cover of this, so anticipated by the fans of Gaja’s writing, book.

10455649_10201280046123505_1180499716087617086_n

Photo: Wydawnictwo Literackie


Cover design: Marek Pawłowski / Wydawnictwo Literackie

palac

From a long time Jubilat had been an inspiration to me. Here – in the second plan.
20140521_205133

Songes de Mevlido

So this is how it looks printed. “Songes de Mevlido” / “Dreams of Mevlido” by Antoine Volodine, with my
ilustration on the cover. Publisher: Draft Publishing, 2014 / Warsaw / Poland.

poleca-filip-lobodzinski-w-xiegarniapl

Reccomendation from Xiegarnia.pl. by Filip Łobodziński

10402713_868491536536089_2853895446091661888_n

sny-melvida_org_web

Original artwork was painted on canvas, 40 x 50 cm, with acrylics.

Smoking hot

An illustration made for and alternative cover of “Zeszyty Komiksowe”, in 2014.

"Smoking hot", 42 x 35 cm, acrylic on canvas paper, 2014

“Smoking hot”, 42 x 35 cm, acrylic on canvas paper, 2014

Singing Shepard

Every war craves victims. Most of all – people. But also – objects. When the dust settles things are missing. Poland has a whole list of paintings, sculptures, objects of art&craft lost as a result of The Second World War. Maybe one day “Singing Shepard” by Ernst Barlach, artist inspired bz eastern folklor, will be back. This illustration and vinyl figure was created for ArtKomiks.pl in 2014.
pasterz_dzielo

spiewajacy-pasterz_jkarpowicz_s

spiewajacy-pasterz_przod

spiewajacy-pasterz_lustro

S as in Space, Gili Gili – issue #3

“S as in Space” (“K jak kosmos”), Gili Gili – issue #3 and exhibition at Łącznik Gallery. Finally I have it in my hands and it looks awesome. Issue #3 was presented on the opening
of the exhibition in Galeria Łącznik, in my hometown, Cracow.

 

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

556014_610384408990239_915161947_n

Photo by Galeria Łącznik.

 

last-tram-to-the-moon_gscale_web

“Last tram to the moon”, 30 x 40 cm, acrylic on paper, 2012

spread

2 x Pantone, a characteristic feature of “Gili-Gili” magazine.

camping_web

“Camping on a dark side”, 30 x 40 cm, acrylic on paper, 2012

SONY DSC

Each author presented in the publication gets one spread, here is mine.

Photo: Gili Gili. Galeria Łącznik.

Green Tornado

An old illustration of mine, published in the newest issue of Krakow Post – magazine about culture, lifestyle and people, created mostly by ex-pats (not only for ex-pats), distributed for free all around the city. I’ve found this issue in Piękny Pies while drinking whisky with Magdalena Lankosz, the scriptwriter of “Anastasia” – and the only person I know who puts sugar in her vodka with lemon.

10450056_842174005834509_3094603376075409261_o

Joanna Karpowicz / "Green Tornado", 25 x 30 cm, acrylic on paper, 2012

Joanna Karpowicz / “Green Tornado”, 25 x 30 cm, acrylic on paper, 2012

Picnic at Hanging Rock – the box

“What we see
and what we seem
are but a dream…
a dream within a dream”.

14th of February, Valentine’s Day. Year 1900. Girls from Appleyard College go for a picnic at Hanging Rock. Peter Weir put a celluloid spell on those oneiric young ladies and locked them forever in a rocky labyrinth. They take of their black stockings and climb barefoot, free in white dresses. Time stops. Rock hypnotizes. Some time ago I made this box, a tribute for “Picnic at Hanging Rock”. Acrylic, cardboard, canvas. And mystery inside.
img_0350
img_0351
img_0419

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening

“Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow”.

Here is a litlle “paper cut out something” I made inspired by Robert Frost’s poem, “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening”.
frost-01

frost-02

frost-04

frost-05

frost-07

frost-09

frost-010

frost-06

frost-011

frost-012

img_6187

Dracula Hardcover

To design and create a hardcover book – a classic task at the faculty of book design and typography. I’ve chosen Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”, because…what will make a better hardcover than a wooden coffin? Abraham “Bram” Stoker wrote his gothic novel, “Dracula” in 1987. When I read the book for the first time I was in fear of the blood sucking monster. Today I pity Dracula and even sympathize with him sometimes (we tend to have common problem of insomnia). “Oh, the terrible struggle that I have had against sleep so often of late; the pain of the sleeplessness, or the pain of the fear of sleep, and with such unknown horror as it has for me! How blessed are some people, whose lives have no fears, no dreads; to whom sleep is a blessing that comes nightly, and brings nothing but sweet dreams.” Poor Dracula.
The book, presented on the photos is fully handmade. Typography (not my forte) is simplified. “Scratched” logo-like title appears both on the cover and in the book, on the title page. Illustrations (originally there is about 15 of them) were made with ink on pressed paper. I decided to not to bind them, just left them separated (so they rest in peace). Coffin is made out of plywood, inside I glued it with a silver satin. Dracula Hardcover is pretty old, it was made in 2000.

book_01

book_02

cover_dr

dr_book

dr_closeup

dr_pic-1

dr_pic-2

dr_pic-3

dr_pic-4

dr_pic-5

dr_pic-6

dr_pic-7

dr_pic-8

dr_type

How to be scared – by Julio Cortazar

“Historias de cronopios y de famas” is a short story anthology by Julio Cortázar. One of the stories in a book is a weirdly poetic piece, entitled “How to be scared”. Base on this text I’ve created a book – art object, which folds, creating different reading options. This little experiment was made in year 2000, during my studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow.
img_0538

img_0539

img_0542

pic_01

pic_02

pic_03

%d bloggers like this: