Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond my control my May trip to Berlin has been canceled.
The Good News is this will leave me even more time to focus on the book!
I’m finally happy with the design layout for the left “facing pages” where the text will be. Each page will have a different background which is shared with the right facing page that contains the image and have an additional inset image serving as a backdrop for the text as shown here –
I wanted the layout of the book to have a cinematic feel to it so I created a film-like letter-box shape to the image and text panels at a dimension of 11 x 6 inches.
A slight 15 pixel drop shadow underneath the inner panels sets them off nicely I think.
I’ve employed the use of a Sacred Geometry symbol in this first piece and the chiseled symbols on the right in the rocks is an Alien Font I discovered – with a free commercial use license.
Borrowing heavily from Dante’s Purgatory and Paradise it actually reads , “Abandon all hope ye who enter here.” Dante Alighieri wrote his allegorical epic poem between 1306 and 1321.
Dante and Virgil at the entrance to the underworld where the inscription is carved.
I am very fortunate to own a leather bound copy of the 1814 English translation of Purgatory and Paradise illustrated by Gustave Dore. It was seeing Dore’s illustrations as a child that compelled me to study and practice pen & ink work, which turned into a life long pursuit.
I really want this book to reflect not only a wealth of visual aesthetics, but also the deeper beauty grounded in philosophy, mythology and folklore that has informed and shaped my life in so many ways and on so many levels.
Until next time …