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3 comic series – Księżniczka Magdalena (excerpts)

56 pages, two facing pages: 520 x 360 mm

My diploma. Excerpts from the third and the brightest book of the series of three comics based on dramas by 8-years old Staś Witkiewicz: Cockroaches, Menagerie, Princess Magdalena, or Intrusive Prince.


56 stron, rozkładówka: 520 x 360 mm

Moja praca dyplomowa. Przykłady z trzeciego i najjaśniejszego komiksu z serii trzech, inspirowanych dramatami 8-letniego Stasia Witkiewicza: Karaluchy, Menażeria, Księżniczka Magdalena, czyli Natrętny Książę.

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3 comics series – Menażeria (excerpts)

designed to be looked at with 3D glasses on

56 pages, two facing pages: 520 x 360 mm

My diploma. Excerpts from the second and the most colorful book of the series of three comics based on dramas by 8-years old Staś Witkiewicz: Cockroaches, Menagerie, Princess Magdalena, or Intrusive Prince.


zaprojektowana do oglądu przez okulary 3D (dołączone do książki)

56 stron, rozkładówka: 520 x 360 mm

Moja praca dyplomowa. Przykłady z drugiego i żarzącego kolorem komiksu z serii trzech, inspirowanych dramatami 8-letniego Stasia Witkiewicza: Karaluchy, Menażeria, Księżniczka Magdalena, czyli Natrętny Książę.

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3 comics series – Karaluchy (excerpts)

48 pages, two facing pages: 520 x 360 mm, some parts of the pages covered in shining UV varnish 

My diploma. Excerpts from the first book of the series of three comics based on dramas by 8-years old Staś Witkiewicz: Cockroaches, Menagerie, Princess Magdalena, or Intrusive Prince.


48 stron, rozkładówka: 520 x 360 mm, częściowo pokryta ręcznie błyszczącym lakierem UV

Moja praca dyplomowa. Przykłady z pierwszego komiksu z serii trzech, inspirowanych dramatami 8-letniego Stasia Witkiewicza: Karaluchy, Menażeria, Księżniczka Magdalena, czyli Natrętny Książę.

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Professor Ż’s collection catalogue (excerpts)

Evil will always be fascinating. My art book, which testifies to this statement, has been designed as a multi-level play with the reader, founded in guessing which props belong to which villain. The range of villains – owners of the props – include a variety of media, from classical literature, theatre and film, to pop culture creations, comic books and video games. I made objects of my own design cutting out murderously detailed stencils, spraying them with paint, and drawing on them with black pencil and white pastel, in an attempt to get the climate characteristic of old daguerreotypes. I reached my goal as a consequence of a long study of the history of the selected items. At the same time I immersed more and more into the world of fictional villains, which I was always passionate about. Zło zawsze będzie fascynować. Moja książka autorska, która jest tego dowodem, została pomyślana jako wielopoziomowa gra z odbiorcą polegająca na zgadywaniu, jakie przedmioty należą do poszczególnych czarnych charakterów. Wachlarz złoczyńców – właścicieli rekwizytów obejmuje przeróżne media od literatury klasycznej, teatru i kina po wytwory pop kultury, komiksy czy gry video. Zaprojektowane przeze mnie obiekty zostały wykonane techniką sprayowania farbą setki wyciętych nożykiem morderczo szczegółowych szablonów, na których następnie rysowałam czarną kredką i białą pastelą, starając się uzyskać klimat charakterystyczny dla starych dagerotypów. Założony efekt osiągnęłam […]
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Katalog kolekcji Profesora Ż – exhibition

Photos from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warszawa exhibition of my diploma project, Professor Ż's Collection Catalogue, with some insight on the used technique. Pages pinned to the wall are the excerpts from the book. They are surrounded by the original works on the paperboard, as well as the hand-made paper cutouts. 


Zdjęcia z wystawy mojej pracy dyplomowej, Katalogu kolekcji Profesora Ż na Akademii Sztuk Pięknych w Warszawie, wraz z wglądem w proces powstawania książki. Stronice przymocowane do ściany są fragmentami książki. Otoczone są oryginalnymi rysunkami na tekturze oraz ręcznie wyciętymi papierowymi szablonami.


Quote from Professor Grażka Lange, my supervisor whom was a giant help during the hard year-long work on the diploma:

Do you remember 1980 Stanley Kubrick’s Shining? It is hard not to due to Nicholson. And an axe. It is virtually one of the protagonists. I remembered it portrayed as a massive lumberjack’s model. Rita Kaczmarska in her art book (and in accordance with the original) has referred to a lighter type with a distinctive curved grip, an equipment of American fire fighters. Memory play tricks. But Professor Ż’s Collection Catalogue sometimes forcing to revise memories. The axe is one of exhibits from [...]

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Sketches of Dorian Gray

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Some sketches I later used for my Professor Ż's Collection Catalogue diploma project. 

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3 comics series – an article

An article about my diploma project in the Academy of Fine Arts magazine. Also, a preview photograph that shows how large one comic book from the series is.
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Sketches for diploma comics, p. 3

Some excerpts from the sketchbooks that I used during the work on my diplomas in book design and illustration, 2016. These ones contain first sketches for one of my three comics: Cockroaches (the darkest one from the series), based on Staś Witkiewicz's youngest drama. 
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Sketches for diploma comics, p. 2

Some excerpts from the sketchbooks that I used during the work on my diplomas in book design and illustration, 2016. These ones contain mostly some quick studies of the characters from the comic Princess Magdalena, or Intrusive Prince and the comic Menagerie, both based on Staś Witkiewicz's youngest dramas.

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Sketches for diploma comics

Some excerpts from the sketchbooks that I used during the work on my diplomas in book design and illustration, 2016. These ones are concentrated mostly on finding the accurate colours for one of my comics: Menagerie, based on Staś Witkiewicz's youngest drama. 

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Frank O’hara’s poem

Book based on the poem by Frank O'hara, dedicated to Donald M. Allen (no title), with illustrations inspired by the New York City's landscapes at night.

Fragmentary quote from Professor Maciej Buszewicz, in whose Studio of Book and Digital Design I made the book and who is a figure I very much respect and loved working with:

Anyone who ever watched a mob film set in New York, say Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas, knows that bloody settlements between gangs occur usually in the night or at dawn. It is darkish, there are puddles on the damaged pavement and overflowing garbage containers. It smells like fish and wet trash.Many directors got a liking for the spot on Roosevelt Drive over the East River, next to the port. It is a wing of the Fulton Market. For decades there was a fish market, today – an elegant department store.When I worked with Rita Kaczmarska on her visual interpretation of one of New York poems by Frank O’Hara – untitled, just dedicated to Donald M. Allen – among many gouache sketches there was a picture in which without a moment of hesitation I recognised the Fulton Market. A bull’s eye. A small, colourful booklet you can view at the website of our studio: buszmeni.pl. All illustrations in this book, concise and extremely accurate, forecasted the birth of a significant creative personality. Rita Kaczmarska’s degree piece developed in the Studio of Book and Digital Design is a confirmation of that.

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Frank O’hara’s poem

Book based on the poem by Frank O'hara, dedicated to Donald M. Allen (no title), with illustrations inspired by the New York City's landscapes at night.

Fragmentary quote from Professor Maciej Buszewicz, in whose Studio of Book and Digital Design I made the book and who is a figure I very much respect and loved working with:

Anyone who ever watched a mob film set in New York, say Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas, knows that bloody settlements between gangs occur usually in the night or at dawn. It is darkish, there are puddles on the damaged pavement and overflowing garbage containers. It smells like fish and wet trash.Many directors got a liking for the spot on Roosevelt Drive over the East River, next to the port. It is a wing of the Fulton Market. For decades there was a fish market, today – an elegant department store.When I worked with Rita Kaczmarska on her visual interpretation of one of New York poems by Frank O’Hara – untitled, just dedicated to Donald M. Allen – among many gouache sketches there was a picture in which without a moment of hesitation I recognised the Fulton Market. A bull’s eye. A small, colourful booklet you can view at the website of our studio: buszmeni.pl. All illustrations in this book, concise and extremely accurate, forecasted the birth of a significant creative personality. Rita Kaczmarska’s degree piece developed in the Studio of Book and Digital Design is a confirmation of that.

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Snow White

16 postcards, 150 x 100 mm 

The minimalistic interpretation of Charles Perrault's Sleeping Beauty.

Part of the exhibition pt. KSIĄŻKA ŻYWA (LIVING BOOK) in Warsaw, 2016 (Academy of Fine Arts) and Szczecin, 2017 (National Museum). 

https://salonakademii.asp.waw.pl/2016/09/09/ksiazka-zywa/

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Tajemnicze Miasto / Mysterious Town

Dwie Siostry Publishers House

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The set of 25 reversible hardboard cards that you can use to build your own town, with your own townsfolk, your own buildings and your own machines. All the cards are designed to be replaceable by any other card from the set so you can play the whole game from the very beginning for many, many times - how the final Town looks like depends entirely on you.

one card: 130 x 210 mm   

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Font template book

one page: 140 x 120 mm

Font template book for Open Sans, based on the short drama by Witkacy: The Brave Princess.

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G. Bocaccio, Decameron

one page: 280 x 400 mm

A large-sized interpretation of the 4th Tale from the 10th Day novella from Giovanni Bocaccio's Decameron (Wspaniałomyślność Miłośnika).

The summary of the plot: Messer Gentile de' Carisendi, from Modena, disinters a lady that he loves, who has been buried for dead. She, being reanimated, gives birth to a male child; and Messer Gentile restores her, with her son, to Niccoluccio Caccianimico, her husband.

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G. Bocaccio, Decameron

one page: 280 x 400 mm

A large-sized interpretation of the 4th Tale from the 10th Day novella from Giovanni Bocaccio's Decameron (Wspaniałomyślność Miłośnika).

The summary of the plot: Messer Gentile de' Carisendi, from Modena, disinters a lady that he loves, who has been buried for dead. She, being reanimated, gives birth to a male child; and Messer Gentile restores her, with her son, to Niccoluccio Caccianimico, her husband.

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S. Jachowicz, Chory kotek

Hardboard book based on Stanisław Jachowicz's poem for children, An Ill Cat.

one page: 150 x 150 mm

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Positive Gangsters

30 x 66 cm

Two comic strips. The goal of the project was to create a gangster, but a positive one: a character who challenges the problems of your country with the use of unconventional methods. I chose the problems of homophobia and racism, which in my opinion we should fight against more intensively. The two short comic-illustrations contain the homophobic and racist phrases that were actually spoken by the real people (actors, politicians, celebrities), as well as the quotes (pink typography) from the people who try to challenge those prejudices.  

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Stephen King’s novels – covers

19,5 cm in height

Three of Stephen King’s novels: The Shining, Misery and The Shawshank Redemption: designs for the book covers and some excerpts from the inside of Misery.  

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Stephen King’s novels – posters

100 x 70 cm

Three of Stephen King’s novels: The Shining, Misery and The Shawshank Redemption: posters for the most famous movie adaptations.

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Mythological proverbs

Syreni śpiew = Mermaid’s singing
Spojrzenie Meduzy = Medusa’s gaze
Marsowa mina = Mars’ expression
Sfinksowy uśmiech = Sphinx’s smile
Ikarowe loty = Icarus’ flights
Nić życia = Life’s thread
Paniczny strach = Panic fear
Bogaty jak Midas = Rich like Midas  
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