We all know Bulgarian illustrator Vasil Nedelchev for his surreal ink drawings. But this time he started something entirely new and exciting! His new ongoing project titled Japanese Birds took the turn towards something he really admires, Japanese visual culture. This visually compelling collage series started with his old book of vintage images of Japanese women that was literally falling apart. Instead of throwing away the pages he decided to combine them with his drawings. Sort of like an experiment he never did before. And the result is quite astounding.
I have this book with vintage images of Japanese women. The stitching is falling apart. I can’t throw it out. The ting is, I like the images inside. Year ago it was one of my inspirational sources (my illustration style was different back then). But I don’t open it anymore. So I had this Idea that I should use it in an art project. Then I saw this image of James Victore. And I thought to myself: I’m stealing this technique and combining it with the composition of a Japanese woodblock print. A bird! It’s a nice metaphor for a woman. Bam! I like it 🙂 The main idea for this collage seriest is to keep myself occupied with something I enjoy doing. Visual experiments, I call them.
I’m a big fan of Japanese visual culture. So combining vintage graphic design with even older prints from that culture, sounds intriguing for me. I’m mixing birds and women by accident. If the book was about something else I probably do something different.
The ting I like about this technique, it’s analog. I most often use computer for making illustrations. So this is refreshing to me. The lack of having the option to go back and fix it (Command+Z). Embracing the mistakes. It’s challenging but that’s way do it.
I began this project with no idea of the number of pieces I will do. It might be untill I spend the pages of the book or until I get bored or find something else to play with. I want to do something with my friends who are artists. So I’m working on an experimental collaboration project. I hope I can show first results of that on my website soon.
More of this Collage Series..
Vasil marked this project as ongoing series. I’m guessing he is just warming up with these pieces. To see more of Japanese Birds in the making follow him on Facebook and Instagram. You would like to become proud owner of one of Vasil’s art pieces? Then you should definitely check out his saatchiart account. Finally, if you would like to share your thoughts on thes collage series you can do that in the comment section bellow.
Visual content courtesy of Visualcrafter