Calligrapher-artist, People’s artist of the USSR, professor
Illustrating classic books is an unusual, complicated, and important part of graphic art. The artist designing the books of famous writers, whose works are included in ′the golden literature repository of humankind′, must equal their writing with high calligraphic art. Such work requires not only high professional skills and rare imagination (try to picture famous personages who were known through their unique style, imitating no-one!) but also commands the strength of mind that can let one see the timelessness of his art and feel the "trembling eternity" on the pen′s nib.