Combining my passions for travelling, photography and drawing, this personal project is all about bringing to life illustrated characters coming right from tales, old legends from all around the globe or just from my inner world. Feeling inhabited by these ancients myths which, in my opinion, have the power to shed light on today's world. 
I am also highly touched and inspired by the beautiful eastern European costumes and traditions, captured by the great Charles Fréger in his "Wilder Mann" book. These costumes reappear for rituals, pagan and religious festivals all around Europe and beyond. They have deep ancestral relationship with nature and celebrate the seasons cycles.

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Yule, or Yuletide, is an indigenous winter festival celebrated by the eastern & northern peoples. These three witches are enjoying the Solstice celebration with a warm dance in the snowy Slovakian landscapes.
Photo : Slovakia, Šamorín 2017

This giant guardian was born in the early days of 2020, in order to celebrate the new year and give us the strength to stand tall for the new forthcoming decade - strength that we apparently all needed this year. She might now be a great reminder of the time when humans and nature were one, protecting each other.
Oh, and also, free the nipples.
Photo : Slovakia, somewhere in the Tatras 2018

Pachamama is a goddess revered by the indigenous people of the Andes. She is also known as the earth/time mother. In the Inca mythology, Pachamama is a fertility goddess who presides over planting and harvesting, embodies the mountains, and causes earthquakes. She is an ever-present and independent deity who has her own creative power to sustain life on this earth.
As a personal touch, this illustration is also an ode to all women, from sorority, daughters, mothers & sisters.
Photo : Peru, from the plane, Andes mountains 2017

mama qucha • the sea mother​​​​​​​
Mama Qucha, also named Mama Cocha, is the ancient Incan goddess of sea and fishes, guardian of sailors and fishermen, wife of Viracocha, mother of Inti and Mama Killa. In some regions of the Inca empire people believed she was the goddess of all bodies of water, including lakes, rivers, and even human-made watercourses.
Photo : Peru, Lares trek, Andes mountains 2017

perinbaba • the snow maker
Also known as Frau Holle, Mother Holle, Mother Hulda or Old Mother Frost, is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm in Children's and Household Tales in 1812. The tale relates that when Frau Holle shakes her bed, snow will come out from heaven. It is still a common expression in Hesse and beyond to say when it's snowing "Hulda is making her bed".
Photo : Slovakia, Šamorín 2017

the family great migration
These three happy fellas were inspired by some costumes captured in the “Wilder Mann” book from Charles Fréger. With their giant size, they are just cheerfully wandering around in the beautiful Tatras mountains.
Photo : Slovakia, High Tatras mountains 2016

the giant • first of the name
Made initially for a personal project pitch, this tall buddy is the very first one of a long, and still ongoing, series of illustrations on photos. I'm glad you came alive, big wandering boy.
Photo : Slovakia, Low Tatras mountains 2016

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