Tomislav Torjanac

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Tomislav Torjanac (born 1972) is a Croatian illustrator, who works mostly in oil paints combined with a digital medium. His creative process is very physical in the paint handling and is characterized by rich impastos.

Croatia Republic in Central Europe

Croatia, officially the Republic of Croatia is a country at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe, on the Adriatic Sea. It borders Slovenia to the northwest, Hungary to the northeast, Serbia to the east, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro to the southeast, sharing a maritime border with Italy. Its capital, Zagreb, forms one of the country's primary subdivisions, along with twenty counties. Croatia has an area of 56,594 square kilometres and a population of 4.28 million, most of whom are Roman Catholics.

Oil painting process of painting with pigments that are bound with a medium of drying oil

Oil painting is the process of painting with pigments with a medium of drying oil as the binder. Commonly used drying oils include linseed oil, poppy seed oil, walnut oil, and safflower oil. The choice of oil imparts a range of properties to the oil paint, such as the amount of yellowing or drying time. Certain differences, depending on the oil, are also visible in the sheen of the paints. An artist might use several different oils in the same painting depending on specific pigments and effects desired. The paints themselves also develop a particular consistency depending on the medium. The oil may be boiled with a resin, such as pine resin or frankincense, to create a varnish prized for its body and gloss.

Digital painting is an emerging art form in which traditional painting techniques such as watercolor, oils, impasto, etc. are applied using digital tools by means of a computer, a digitizing tablet and stylus, and software. Traditional painting is painting with a physical medium as opposed to a more modern style like digital. Digital painting differs from other forms of digital art, particularly computer-generated art, in that it does not involve the computer rendering from a model. The artist uses painting techniques to create the digital painting directly on the computer. All digital painting programs try to mimic the use of physical media through various brushes and paint effects. Included in many programs are brushes that are digitally styled to represent the traditional style like oils, acrylics, pastels, charcoal, pen and even media such as airbrushing. There are also certain effects unique to each type of digital paint which portray the realistic effects of say watercolor on a digital 'watercolor' painting. In most digital painting programs, the users can create their own brush style using a combination of texture and shape. This ability is very important in bridging the gap between traditional and digital painting.

In 2006 Torjanac won the international competition to illustrate a new edition of Yann Martel’s 2002 Man Booker Prize-winning novel Life of Pi . The competition was run by Scottish publisher Canongate Books , UK newspaper The Times , Australian newspaper The Age and Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail . The illustrated edition was published by Canongate Books in September 2007. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

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Torjanac also illustrated a number of picture books, including James Joyce's The Cat and the Devil. He participated in a number of group exhibitions in Croatia and abroad, and had a solo show in London. His artwork was included in Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art illustration annual in 2006 and 2007.

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References

  1. Life of Pi: The Illustrated Edition by Yann Martel and Tomislav Torjanac, The Times, 15 September 2007
  2. A brush with the art of Pi, The Times, 15 April 2006
  3. In Pictures: The Illustrated Life of Pi, The Guardian, 27 September 2007
  4. A new slice of Pi, The Toronto Star, 17 November 2007
  5. Life of Pi gets visualized, The Miami Sun Post, 1 November 2007