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Julien DELVAL • A Monograph

Leading artist of the imaginary

About the project

YOU MISSED THE CAMPAIGN? NO WORRIES! YOU CAN STILL BUY THE BOOKS HERE: http://www.liberdistri.com/en/143-julien-delval

Talented painter and illustrator, Julien Delval, is a leading author of distinctive fantasy artwork. This is a rare chance to explore the depths of his talent by helping to bring two luxurious volumes of his work to life. The first presents his most spectacular paintings in detail while the second delves into his countless notebooks, drafts, sketches and studies. To complement these two volumes there will also be a book of interviews, exclusive to this crowdfunding campaign, featuring some special guests.

With your help we hope to take you on a journey into heart of the creative process of one of the leading imaginary fantasy artists of our time.

Julien Delval: A book covering my past work would have been unimaginable 5 years ago. Not for a lack quantity or quality, but because it would have been but a collection of images, a disparate series of professional illustrations without meaning. Of course, there were dreamworlds, sketched visions and monsters knocking at the door, but not anything that I could have defended, nothing that would have come from deeper down or been truly expressive.

When Olivier Souillé and the Daniel Maghen Gallery gave me the opportunity to do these large format personal artbooks I was finally able to free myself from the constraints I'd got used to, doing cover art, playing cards and cartoon strips, and really let myself go. I'm truly grateful for their support and confidence in me.

I'd also like to thank the many editors, graphic designers, illustrators and authors that I have met down the years, while I was learning. It's thanks to them that I've been able to enrich my palette and fill my notebooks with experiences. Being able to work on fantasy worlds like Agone and Ji was a great opportunity to discover the Angels of Chaos and the myriad of creatures that live in floating palaces, enchanted forests or rolling seas. All that fed into my bloodstream and soaked into my brain, which had already been irrigated by classical painting that my friend encouraged me to bring to the fore.

Today, thanks to Franck Achard and Jean-Christophe Caurette, I am very pleased to be able to present this work to you. It represents the preparation and the beginnings of an artistic journey. The road is still long, and I hope to make further stops along the way - to turn back and recall the path taken.

Welcome to this first stage

Franck Achard, project artistic director: The time has finally come to journey into the heart of Julien's work, his world and visions. After all this time, given Julien's freedom to commit himself almost exclusively to painting without artistic compromise, to only do one book, thick though it is, seemed unsatisfactory to us.

For a number of years, I've wanted to present the work of artists like Julien in such a way that enables the discovery of their work. If this campaign is a success we will have the pleasure of putting together a 3 book boxed set.

The formet of A Monograph an Studies will be 27cm wide by 29cm high. Once the different stretch-goals have been unlocked each book will consist of 160 pages, printed on 150g Artic Volume White paper, bound in a soft-touch coated hardback cover.

  • The first is A Monograph. A showcase of his paintings and illustrations. A selection representing an important period in his work. With many of his pieces being of an imposing size, the book helps discover these works across numerous pages to highlight all the richness and detail found in the originals.

  • The second book is Studies. Similar to the first book, this volume reveals, in detail, the "machinery" behind each of his visions. Inside you'll find sketches, studies, composition research, regrets and travel journals.

  • The third book is Interviews. Exclusive. Four lengthy interviews in the company of artists and friends discussing youth, inspiration, comics, painting, nature, ruins, antiquity, romanticism and the art market. We could have added these interviews to one or other of the two books but we know, from experience, that reading long texts in large artbooks isn't easy. So we have decided to present them separately in the form of a smaller paperback. Easy to read on the subway without bothering your neighbor, or in bed without suffocating under its weight.

    Interviews is offered as an option. This means that you have the option, if the campaign is successful to buy it in addition to your pledge. Rest assured, the price won't be much. It's a 224 page book printed in 2 colors on good quality paper, A5 format. We have chosen to offer this as an option rather than as a stretch-goal as its realization requires a significant amount of work: recording the interviews, transcribing them, editing, illustrating and layout. That said, we've already recorded and transcribed the interviews. We have anticipated the work needed to finalize the book and get it delivered to you as quickly as possible. An editorial decision that you will certainly understand.

  • If the campaign is a sucess, you will see two new stretch-goals appear. The first of these is a book sleeve or box to slip the books into. Unlike the Interviews book we have decided to offer these to full pledgers through a stretch-goal. If it is a box it will be designed to hold both books plus all other items unlocked through stretch-goals, as well as the Interviews book for those who opt for it.

SHIPPING FEES

Shipping is calculated according to the destination country. Regardless of the rewards chosen, shipping fees are fixed as follows:

  • Europe: 19€
  • North America, Russia: 29€
  • Rest of World: 49€

If you choose a reward involving large formats (larger than the book) these will be sent separately. We will take great care with the packaging, of course!

What are the funds for?

About the project owner

Julien Delval was born in 1972. After studying fine art, he began as an illustrator for role-playing company Multisim. Connections he made at the firm led to the realization of numerous bookcovers for different publishing houses. Today, after stint in comics, he continues to work in the gaming sector, mainly with Days of Wonder, and spends time on personal work, which is supported by the Daniel Maghen Gallery. He produces scenes from ancient worlds, mythology and fantasy inspired by classical painting and imagery of the 20th century.

For over 20 years Franck Achard has been one of the most well known artistic directors of imaginary culture. Collaborating with Mnémos editions at their inception, but also with Dupuis and Huginn & Muninn, he has always been an advocate for the world of the imaginary. He works to highlight the work of authors, and particularly illustrators, for the pleasure of readers. Recently, he oversaw projects by Gotland and Jadis, illustrated by the talented Nicolas Fructus, but also the role playing game Nephilim Légende, which he illustrated much of.

Nicolas Thimon is a Professor of French with a predeliction for imaginary storytelling. For him, Fantasy and Sci-Fi are an integral part of pictoral and classical literature culture. On his blog "Lettres d'Arts", dedicated to literature and the history of art, he shares his passion for letters and the arts by publishing articles, reviews and interviews. As a writer of comics, under the name of Filakter, he met Julien Delval at the Auvers-sur-Oise comic con. He immediately fell in love with the artist's work and soon they were working together.

The Daniel Maghen Gallery opened in 2003 in Paris. Situated at 36 rue du Louvre, it boasts the largest permanent collection of original illustrations and comic artwork in Europe. Here, Julien Delval has had the opportunity to reveal his vast talent. Thanks again to the team, particularly Olivier Souillé, without whom the content of these books would never have existed.

Caurette Editions is a publishing house specialized in illustration work. Amongst the artists they represent is the prodigious Korean artist Kim Jung Gi as well as other well known international creators like Karl Kopinski, Jesper Esjing and Claire Wendling. Julien Delval clearly has a place in this lineup of incredibly talented artists.

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