As our regular followers and members know, we also pay a lot of attention to new artists who incorporate sensual themes in their art. Recently, we were approached by the Polish artist Jan Kowalewicz who asked me if I was interested to share his art on Shunga Gallery.
Kowalewicz who spent all his life in Warsaw, was born in Kerala, Ottapalam in India on 2nd of February 1983. He has been drawing for as long as he can remember including naked girls when he was only nine years old. At the time he still struggled with the anatomical proportions, but that changed when his encouraging grandmother gave him a Playboy magazine that served as a reference from then on.
Despite his varied interests and activities, such as dancing, violin, acting (he even had a role in a TV series and an advertisement), he obtained a degree in biology (2008) and most recently in architecture (2015). In 2019, he started his own architecture business which he combines with his online art projects.
Instagram's Ruthless Censorship
Kowalewicz produces subtle as well as explicit erotic drawings, books and graphic stories, and used to have hundreds of thousands followers on Instagram until he wasn't able to escape their ruthless censorship and was removed. His most recent one is the graphic novel Minotaur that can best be described as an adult variation on Beauty and the Beast.
About this last project, his other erotic work and himself, Kowalewicz says the following:
."I started drawing quite early, as most kids do. I think the difference is just I have not stop. I have always liked drawing female nudes. The other idea I was always after was that I want to create comics. All my life I was pursuing this dream more or less actively.
In 2015, I started to gather serious attention on social media and during next several years created custom erotic art became my full time job, which is great fun. I was drawing more and more custom art, erotic portraits and even short erotic stories for my customers. Thanks to my supporters and fan base which was over 400, 000 people on Instagram in late 2019 I managed to publish my first book – Naughty Book vol.1 through a crowdfunding campaign .
Naughty Book really was a great success for which I am forever grateful to my fans, because I would never have been able to publish the book without their support. The following year I decided to make a bold step into fulfilling my dream and after creating a pilot scene (Fig.11, 12 and 13), I started another crowdfunding campaign – to create a full size erotic comic book. The campaign was once again a huge success and I started working intensively on what my fans believed I could create. It took me two years, from researching the Minotaur myth, through architecture, jewelry, costumes, style studies.
Naughty Book Vol. 2.
From drafting the story, story-boarding it into full scale pages drawings and writing texts,. The latter one was done by the hands of my beautiful wife as she writes much prettier then I do. Now that I had realized my dream of creating a full size comic book, it gave me more ideas. I extended the plot for two additional volumes, which I am now creating illustrations for. I've also another set of ideas for a sci-fi + fantasy pulp story! I wish I just could draw all the time. In early 2021, I also published (yes another successful crowdfunding!) Naughty Book vol. 2. "
The following is an introduction to Kowalewicz's graphic novel Minotaur.- three sisters. (2022)...
Why Three Sisters?
Phaedra, Ariadne and Akkele were daughters of mythic king Minos of Crete – Minoan culture (bronze age) dates from 3000 b.c to 1100 bc.
Phaedra – the eldest princes is a powerful, cynical and lustful woman. She has a sadistic nature, wants to become the ruler after her father.
Ariadne – romantic, fearful and pretentious girl dreams of a prince to come, merry her, make her his queen so she would live forever after.
Akkele – the youngest sister. Curious in her nature, secretive and adventurous. She wants to get her destiny in her own hands, but the mythic Greek gods are possessive and punish everyone who takes anything from them.
The story shows the myth of Minotaur in the calm moment just before the storm which Theseus started.
Nobody remembers how the Minotaur and Labyrinth came to existence.
Most people do not even believe it is true. But one of the king's daughters finds the creature in his lair.
Will the beauty tame the beast?
Fig.16. Sketches for Minotaur
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