Stylish illustrations published for English edition of Taras Shevchenko’s ‘Kateryna’

Source : 112 Ukraine

The artist tried to break the canons of classical drawings themed on Kobzar poetry
14:23, 5 July 2018

A new book with Taras Shevchenko’s poem ‘Kateryna’ will soon be published in English-language. Illustrations to this book were made by the artist Mykola Tolmachov. Authors of this edition say they were looking for the artist who could cope with such a task for three years, as Buro 24/7 reports.

“It wasn’t easy as the theme is not at all new. However, Mykola gave it his 200%. The symbolism of the illustrated stories fascinates the viewer from the first glance. I am very pleased with our cooperation,” the Art Director of Osnovy Publishing House Anna Kopylova said.

The artist himself notes that while working on these illustrations, it was not easy for him to overcome the cliché of this author, as a canonical poet. Also, Mykola Tolmachov he noted he tried to find really charismatic, interesting and close characters in this poem.

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"Finally, I decided to reject the prejudice and started to work. I tried to portray my own interpretation. Let me also say that this was my first experience working on the publication of the book," the illustrator shared his impressions.

The book will appear on the shelves next month.

As it was reported earlier, Ukraine’s State Television and Radio Broadcasting Committee have published a list of 137 "books editions, the content of which is aimed at eliminating Ukraine's independence, propaganda of violence, inciting interethnic, racial, religious hostility, committing terrorist acts, encroaching on human rights and freedoms." We have prepared a brief review of the list of banned publications in order to understand the hottest topics of the anti-Ukrainian propaganda.

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