A long title for a long awaited translation. And it also happens to be my favorite interpretation of the original cover artwork (with that colorful spine, outline letters and the 2 O’s like spinning wheels;-)).
Inside are of course 40+ the colorful pages filled with all things I associate with all respective colors, scientifically proven or strictly emotionally… Lucky for me it’s published by Panini, so they had no objections to the presence of little stickers with football teams in national colors all over the book:-)
I hope the book will find its way to Italian readers the way it’s predecessor ‘Il più Folle e divertente libro illustrato del mondo di Otto’ did by now… Will go check for ourselves in Puglia in November…
Yet another book is recently translated into Spanish & Catalan, by Ediciones Flamboyant now.
They took very well care of my book of opposites, originally made 5 years ago, but based on last year’s restyled vinyl album size re-edition. It really looks yummy like a Flan Catalan Gigante:-)
Especially happy the sport games on pg 22 – inspired by mount Montjuic in Barcelona, but absolutely painted from memory – finally made it back home to the Olympic city of 1992…
… since I must admit that Otto, the main character of this series, was massively inspired by the legendary Cobi, Xavier Mariscal’s mascot of that year’s Summer Olympics (actually the only ‘graphically correct’ mascot ever in sport’s history, if you’d ask me for my humble opinion).
And yes, there still are exactly 101 opposites (have been counting them personally).
It took me about 4 years – with intervals – to get these 4 babies finished, but they officially left the house last Friday to get framed, spread their wings & go their own way. Adios, Amigos & Fare Well!
Started these ‘portraits’ on wooden panels of 4 kids growing into 4 young adults – slightly inspired by 4 Indonesian noblemen at the Rijksmuseum in A’dam and very much influenced by Bruegels 4 seasons from last year in Vienna – still at our giant-ex-Jet-studio, where I made these first 3 steps:
I probably didn’t take enough pictures of the work in progress and close ups of the finished details, but that’s exactly where the devil hided: each time I looked at something a little closer, I instantly saw tens of other unfinished loose ends that lead me elsewhere, what turned this project into a never ending saga (it didn’t help either we had other & stricter deadlines in the meantime;-))
Well, let’s take a quick looks at some parts in progress from each painting:
Looking at that last detail above I see there are still some letters missing on the camera. And the lens misses depth. And maybe I should have done something with the song ‘the eye of the tiger’? etc etc etc…