Good Luck! illustration series is finally out!
As always, here’s a short story about how it all began; I’ve been kinda obsessed with the Morčić motif ever since I was a kid. I used to spend my summer vacations in Kastav, a small town in Istria, and one of the things that stuck in my memory was a figure of a black man with white turban, that everybody wore in some form of jewelry, mostly as earrings. Later I learned that this specific kind of jewelry was created and hand crafted as a modest version of Venetian Moretto, and was considered a good luck charm, but also it was a sign of belonging to Rijeka, Kvarner and coastal region in general. I always wanted to drew it my way, so when I finally did, a friend pointed out that I should make a series out of it. Challenge accepted!
I’ve been putting those illustrations on my Instagram account, but when I drew them all – it needed a bit of retouch and redefining. So, they are a bit different that the first version, but follow the same color code.
Here you can see the final illustrations, five of them. At first, I was planning to make just the prints, but then the idea has evolved and I started thinking about the complete product. I had in mind a specific type of picture frames – I wanted them to be simple, but with a touch of luxury. So, I managed to found just the perfect sample, a black wooden frame with the wooden beige and golden passepartout.
Morčič – a trademark of the city of Rijeka, Croatia. You can see him in all forms of jewelry, especially as earrings. It’s usually worn as a lucky charm, protection against enemies, but also as a symbol of wealth and prosperity.
Maneki Neko – a common Japanese lucky charm. It’s believed that Maneki Neko attracts good luck to their owners. If the right paw is raised, it invites good fortune and money, and left one is raised, it invites customers and people.
Tumi – a ceremonial knife, the national symbol of Peru. To hang a Tumi on the wall means good luck.
Mano Figa – one of the oldest symbols of good luck, The gesture has many different meanings, depending on the country, but it’s usually associated with fertility, virility and pleasure. It’s believed that the figa charm protects from bad energy and the evil eye.
Scarab beetle – represents good luck, hope, restoration of life, but also regeneration and transformation. You can see it in almost every Indiana Jones movie.
If these short details interested you, browse the web, there’s plenty more to find about the history and meaning of this symbols. Maybe it will help to find your favorite
Icons are printed on high quality archival paper, using a Giclée technique. It’s a french word, so you know it’s fancy. This kind of print is often used by artists, galleries, and print shops to suggest high quality printing, and it provides really rich colors, and long durability without fading.
Each 100 x 100 mm print comes with the thick square 217 x 217 x 33 mm dimension black frame.
A detail of a frame.
This golden edge gives this frame a touch of luxury.
Couldn’t let it out without a logo. It started with a four leaf clover, from which I extracted just one – the extra one we always try to find The leaf itself also resembles the heart, so it goes pretty well with wishing someone good luck and all the best.
A description card fits into the frame.
You can also write your own dedication note on the left side of the card.
The whole thing comes in a lovely package.
And yes – it’s on Etsy Choose your favorite and take it home!
You can check the whole series in our Etsy store in this link.