Atanas Laskov

Zak's Dragonfly
Wings of Steel tells the tale of Zak and his flying machine with 51 manga illustrations. Zak is a talented engineer in service of the Mage Altos, but he suffers the oppression of the Inquisitors of Altos. The Mage himself views engineering as a dangerous craft, inhibiting the development of advanced technology.

You can buy the graphic novel on Amazon worldwide and Gumroad.

Anatomy And Studies After The Masters

January 27, 2020 01:37 GMT

I’m doing master studies after Stephen Rogers Peck, Sheldon Borenstein and the Florentine school of renaissance masters, as well as from various and obscure anatomy books.

I love this quote by Michelangelo: “Who is so barbarous as not to understand that the foot of a man is nobler than the shoe, and his skin nobler than that of the sheep with which he is clothed, and not to be able to estimate the proper worth of each thing accordingly?”

It’s motivational for the study of the anatomy of the human figure.

Watercolour Sketches Of People

January 22, 2020 20:36 GMT

Some new pages in my watercolour sketchbook, mainly sketches of people and some splatter.

Paperback Graphic Novel

January 10, 2020 08:11 GMT

Wings of Steel is now available as paperback book on Amazon worldwide. As I write this update, the InDesign layout has been completed, I’ve finished the cover image, and I’m currently doing pre-flight reading of the paperback. Enjoy!

Some New Acrylics

November 23, 2019 19:15 GMT

Environments For Animation

November 5, 2019 02:53 GMT

The trick with composition is to draw arrows that point in the direction where you want the viewer to look, and take him on a tour around the canvas. Then you place shapes on top of the arrows. Skipping these initial stages can be the kiss of death for the composition, but I’m still impatient sometimes.

Second Half Of Inktober

October 20, 2019 19:14 BST

I really like the advice of Hirohiko Araki: “Once the final art is finished, after sketching, penciling, inking, and—if applicable—coloring, I deliver the pages to my editor. Because I value the feeling of a live performance, I don’t correct minor errors.”

In case you’re wondering, the character classes are Ranger, Assassin, Knight, and on the second row: Monk, Summoner, Mage.

Quick Sketches

October 19, 2019 18:31 BST

This is painted in watercolour with graphite pencil in my analog sketchbook. There’s also some Muji pen and watercolour pencil in some of the figures. I’ll come back to it later to do a second pass in Corel Painter.


October 3, 2019 20:40 BST

The objective of Inktober is to draw one inky illustration each day of the month of October! Let’s hope I’m not going to lag behind too much, bear with me.

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