The kind folks from Veto Magazine asked me to illustrate their 38th issue with "Culture Shock" as a main theme for the whole issue. Modern romance, depression and robots musicians were some of the articles I had the pleasure to work on.
Ad agency McCann Riga and strategists from White Label have decided to join forces and become partners, explaining their approach to business in a "calculated risk" strategy. I had the pleasure to visualize their arguments through the story of space explorers. Feel free to check out their web or contact them: mccann.lv These guys have the brain, guts and confidence to push their way to the best solutions.
Kate Furniture is moving - both physically and visually. We at Overpriced helped with the visual part.
Riga Zine Festival
Riga Zine Fest — celebrating the culture of zines, illustration and self publishing, for the first time took place on May 2016, Riga. It was a 3 day event, gathering local and international artists / self publishers for exhibitions, artist talks and parties. I had the chance to develop Riga Zine Fest identity and their visual materials.
This is my contribution to the latest - 10th Popper magazine issue. A world of matchsticks. They are made to be burnt, even if they say they're not. That's the purpose for their being, that's their fulfillment and meaning of life. They discover that only when lit on fire and then the burning ones are the light for the others.
For the last half of year I've been working on this project called "Idiomas" (idioms) which is about illustrating the literal meanings for Latvian sayings. Idioms are part of our language, culture and therefore identity, which I've tried to show visually. And that turned out to be hilarious! I did illustrations for 23 Latvian idioms, made them as silkscreen prints, held a solo exhibition and printed a magazine with their translations and meanings in English.
Benji Knewman 2
I was asked to come up with and draw some kind of story about me and my wife again for Benji Knewman. The story is about us having a healthy relationship in a sense that we're happy (healthy) together because I don't argue much about our healthy eating / shopping habits. Sometimes I wish we'd take salami instead of seedlings or some import tomatoes instead of local, which are more expensive, but I know it's all for the best.
Run for your life print
Lithograph print, A2 size, 2014. The story behind the print is that this little man is running for his life to find happiness and fulfillment, yet the truth and peace lies outside of his little world. It's something that you wouldn't normally look for, something that is beyond our expectations or knowledge. If you like the print and feel the urge to have it in your living room, send me a note. I'm sure we'll make it work out!
The Planner 2015
I was commissioned by Agnese Kleina to make an illustration for her newly released Planner 2015, with an interesting theme "This Weird Place Latvia". I had the pleasure to illustrate a hilarious and yet true introduction about adding raisins to birch juice, for what, I believe, raisins are pretty much pissed off. And yes, we latvians do that, so here's a bit of an explanation for the title choice. I also did a few postcard illustrations depicting potatoes, which latvians are really fond of. We're quite simple people.
My contribution to the 8th Popper Magazine issue called "Life After Death", 2014. There' s one really good book about the ever-discussable topic - what happens after you die, called "The Great Divorce" by C.S.Lewis, which turned out to be an inspiration for this illustration.
The new Bikibuks book release is out and this time I'm one of those lucky 6 artists, that have had the chance to illustrate one poem of the Bikibuks children book series. It's a large scale project that has set a goal to gather 100 different latvian illustrators to illustrate poems of the classical latvian poets. I chose to illustrate a poem called Rudens (Autumn), written by our famous Karlis Skalbe! A fun little poem, telling a story of how Autumn gradually invites winter (all the little wintry creatures) into peoples gardens. If you're a fan of poet Karlis Skalbe, my illustrations or - which is more plausible - you have a kid, then you can get the book for just 1,7 EUR here!
I was asked to make an invitation design for a wedding, held on the Botanical Garden in Riga. It was a hot summer day with exotic plants, party decorations and tipsy, joyful guests dressed in shorts all over the place. That was my prediction for the party, which actually turned out to be pretty correct. Printed in 3 color silkscreen, 2014.