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Michal from Sankt-Peterbourg, Russian Federation, enjoy the art of Tchai’s Rock Testament

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Our graphic genius and ghost spokesman Serge Razboinikoff created a new blurb about Editions Tchai.  Since then anywhere where needed to explain who we are we going to write this:

Editions Tchai has been a very small press creator-owned boutique publisher of comics and art books since the year of 2005.  Pair of art professionals who believes in reading factor of sequential art and devoted to biographical storytelling founded Editions Tchai in order to publish their own works independently. Till their first 4 years of operation they were focused on beautiful design and hand made book binding elements just as much as amazing sequential art content. After wild success at the annual Festival of Travel Sketches (Carnets de Voyage) in Clermont-Ferrand, France, where they were only Canadian invited artists, they became small press creator-owned studio that published bigger run of their work digitally or using risograph printing technique. Their library of publications is an eclectic mix of sequential and illustrative arts as well as literature essays and travel memoirs.

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The most recent field activity

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IMGP4781, a photo by ezhilinsky on Flickr.

Just some 3 weeks ago we’ve been at our winter vacation spending most of the time among white sand, green mangrove trees and lazy sounds from caribbean sea. Too bad it’s always timely challenged.

Toronto Sketchbook

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Toronto Sketchbook, a set on Flickr.

We still hesitating about completed Toronto Graffiti issue. Enough sketches for the book, what do you think?

Toronto Etsy Street Team: T.E.S.T. Interview: ezhilin

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Toronto Etsy Street Team: T.E.S.T. Interview: ezhilin.

 

Tell us a bit about your graphic novels and how you develop your stories and drawings.

Many artists dreams of transferring their paintings into cinema – “moving pictures”. If artist loves story telling, becoming a comic book author is a natural “next step”. In November 2005 we have founded a small independent publishing house Éditions Tchaï. The name Éditions Tchaï used as our creative name if we participating in particular art events together or separately. Now in little less then 5 years of activity we published under that name near 14 titles in English, French and Russian. Those very small run editions include illustrated classic literature, quality independent graphic novels, artistic comic book and an anthology of memoirs. I think the “memoirs” will be the key word here because all of our stories are spun from the very matter of our lives. We are especially proud to mention that four recent titles of Éditions Tchaï were purchased by an acquisitions librarian of multicultural and multilingual publications at Library and Archives Canada. Those titles are: “Sketches of Time/Zarisovki Vremeni” – an anthology of memoirs, dedicated to the history of classic art education in Russia; a short graphic novel “Dollar” set up in Toronto with humor and some elements of sci-fi; La Poule Mouilée/The Wishy Washy”“Ah, Gilgamesh” and “Hungry Heart”.

Toronto Etsy Street Team: T.E.S.T. Interview: ezhilin

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Toronto Etsy Street Team: T.E.S.T. Interview: ezhilin.

 

What is your creative process? How do you decide what to draw and paint?

It’s natural. I paint, sketch and draw urban views all of my life. About 5 years ago I became very interested in‘Carnet de Voyage’ or the Travel Sketches genre. The Art of Carnets de Voyage is a very unique art niche. I create my artwork in situ as well as in my artistic studio. The sketches are accompanied by written comments, which become a part of the art. Those written observations help me to share some interesting facts I have learned while painting and sketching. Eventually those sketches will be combined into the completed project that consist of drawings, watercolors, sketches and prints, as well as mixed media pieces such as collages with newspaper clips and tickets, all rearranged into an intrinsic structure of an artist’s bookwork, like, for example, ‘Toronto Graffiti’book which is on showcase at my Etsy shop‘Toronto Graffiti’ is also available in a French version. This book is a cross-art object, since it combines two genres in one – sketchbook and a comic book.

 

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