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Drazen Kozjan

I woke up at 4:30 on a Saturday mourning with the idea for the first Happy Undertaker in my head and leapt out of bed to draw it. By the time I was done in the early evening, I had jotted down a number of ideas, and what I thought would be a one-off page has turned into a weekly "Sunday" style page for me that I post on my blog. I'm never sure where the story or layout of the page will go, generally doing the bulk of the work in one sitting and seeing what will happen as I go.

The pages are drawn traditionally with pencil, pen and ink on Strathmore bristol, then scanned and colored in Photoshop. I love the old Sunday newspaper strips like Winsor McCays' Little Nemo in Slumberland, Lyonel Feiningers' The Kinder Kids and Charles Forbells' Naughty Pete, where every page feels like a surprise within a pretty rigid structure.

For me, the Happy Undertaker is a bit of a surrealistic melting pot of anything that might pop into my head and onto the page and does not necessarily need to be explained. I try to keep this sense of adventure, surprise and a good (if mysterious) story, with the best drawings I can muster in all my work from children's book illustration to single image illustration and paintings. It's always wonderful to watch an idea grow.

See more of Drazen's work (and more of the Happy Undertaker) on his website

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