Friday, October 23, 2009

THE Book 1

As an experiment, I wanted to alter a book, being much impressed with how others create things of beauty and form from old books. And as usual I took on something way bigger than a beginner should.

The theme of the book is religion. Nice, simple, non-controversial subject. Ahem. kind of did it again. It's like the corset all over again. Oops. So far I have been fiddling with bookbinding and photoshopping and trying to find tales, myths, parables and stories from all of the major religions which are basically the same story. I have 65 two page spreads to fill with stories illustrated in my own(ish) style(ish)! The good news is that many of the stories are multi-parters, so I may get away with 8 to 10 stories. Not THAT many then.

Beginning with creation then. Nice easy place to start. Except which creation story to tell? Christian, Greek myth, Aboriginal, Chinese? I'll get back to you on that. They do, however, all begin with darkness and chaos.

In the meantime, I have sorted out the cover for the book. It involved a lot of patience. And glue. And photoshop.What do you think?

Answers on a postcard marked "FAO: the complete raving lunatic woman who thinks she has talent".


debbie said...

Love the ideas and concept. Front cover looks amazing.

The fearless threader said...

Thanks. Haven't decided which one will be the cover and which will be for the sketchbook. I've done loads of versions, trying to anticipate a sries of sketchbooks for this project!

noella said...

Hiya Sam, just read your blog for the first time...interesting thoughts and ramblings.....but then i'm always intrigued by what makes people tick. oh and i'm incredibly nosy.

That said like the "THE" pieces of work, i'd use the mono one for the book....let the contents do the talking, just my opinion.

The fearless threader said...

The mono colour one is for the main book, the other one has gone on the sketch book for the project. It looks rather good, even though i say so myself.