Tuesday, December 17, 2013

thesis: "Roadside Picnic", a sci-fi graphic novel

I am finally back, bringing you the results of my work of the last three months. Believe it or not, but this is actually my thesis! The task, which I chose myself, was to transform my beloved sci-fi novel "Roadside Picnic" by Arkadi and Boris Strugatzky into a graphic novel (if you remember, I created "Red" and "Monkey" related fan art about three years ago). Since it really took quite a while to do the cover artwork (they are intended to be printed at a minimum size of DIN A2, most likely even bigger so you can almost walk into the pores and hide between these wrinkles) and because I drew all the sample pages with a ballpen (part of the concept), I don't have that much to show but I am very satisfied with the outcome. I will try to contact publishers about this and want to find out who's the current owner of the original rights. Maybe this is going somewhere.

Just so you know, I created three prototypes, one page page for each and a 140 pages "Making of" artbook. I plan to finish another cover artwork around feb 2014 and maybe another page, or even more pages for the oral exam and the exhibition afterwards. Hope you like 'em.

EDIT: Here's the Russian version (thanks for this goes to a friend of mine). Since I like the Cyrillic script a lot in these panels (and since it's a Russian book ;)), I replaced the German version (which is now linked underneath) with the Russian one. An English version will be added shortly.

here are some wip and detail shots for you:


PES Liga said...
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Philipp Quien said...

Zum dritten Mal - ich verstehe das System hier nicht:
Ganz herzlichen Glückwunsch!
Es sieht nach einer einfachen, logischen Weiterentwicklung deiner Fähigkeiten aus. Das ist wohl das Geheimnis - es einfach aussehen zu lassen!


Anonymous said...

This is beautiful! I sincerely hope you are able to finish it and secure the rights to get it published. This masterpiece novel already has a superb film adaptation and a marvelous series of games. A graphic novel would be the perfect addition.

Best of luck to you, and I hope to see your art in publications available here in the USA.


H. Kistler

Hagtorp said...

Просто великолепные работы! Я просто восхищён!
Но есть одно маленькое замечание: Мартышка не была обезьянкой. :)
Это была обычная девочка, но покрытая золотистой шёрсткой. А на картине она изображена как обезьянка, что не соответствует повествованию.

Pato said...

Man, I just hope you have success pushing that project, it's fucking awesome. Greetings from Brazil.

Александра said...

Это совершенно прекрасно! У вас замечательный стиль, и я очень рада, что вы выбрали эту книгу для своей работы. Желаю вам творческих успехов и вдохновения. Надеюсь, ваше произведение будет продаваться у нас.
Привет из России)

Anonymous said...

Awesome work! After looking at the first page I wanted to see more. Excellent job. Your rendition of Red reminds me of someone, who would do a great job if this was made into a movie.

GLBXA said...

This is simply amazing. Better than I ever imagined. I hope someday you can illustrate the whole Roadside Picnic story. I really do. Best of luck with your career.

rombl4 said...

That is awesom! Keep going!