Since summer I have been working as an artist on a 12-book series of books "History Through the Eyes of KROKODIL magazine, XX century". It's an attempt at a conversation about the XXth century based on the huge archive and materials of the Societ satirical magazine "KROKODIL" (1922-1992).
It's a weird project. It's hugley interesting, but honest, I've never been through a more awesome and terrifying visual experience. There are oodles, oodles of pictures in the archive, depicting everything in the Soviet life from eye-candy street scenes to eye-popping propaganda. So far I have gone through the revolution, the world war II, the terror in-between, and have just entered the cold war.
Each chapter in a book is followed by a gallery of caricatures and genre scenes picked from the magazine's archive and dedicated to a certain topic, for instance - kids, women, everyday life, glamour and fashion. It's accidental treasure because basically a propaganda mag would never aim to say anything about such things at all, leave alone in a negative way, but when collected together these pictures do have something big to say about the era.
Below are my illustrations opening the book galleries of authentic drawings from the era 1922-1938 (the first three books encompass this timespan).