Monthly Archives: November 2012

For the past few weeks, I put my personal projects on hold and worked on these in my spare time. They are my submissions to the Fahrenheit 451 jacket design contest held by Simon & Schuster in honor of the 60th anniversary of Ray Bradbury’s famous novel.

I read the book in my last year of high school and it hit me like a ton of bricks (or books). It was the last straw in a long line of stressors that year and it sort of sent me over the edge and into a depression.

I had always been different than most of my peers in that I questioned the status-quo in almost all situations. I had/have quite the overly developed sense of justice; my whole life I’ve been in constant observance and in search of answers–sometimes to questions I can’t even form into words. My senior year was a year of great awakening for me and I slowly came to light on the truth of many things even I hadn’t questioned. Combine this with the deaths of several colleagues and needless to say, I easily saw myself in the protagonist of the novel: Guy Montag.

Reading the book was like looking into a mirror. I looked on in horror at myself as Montag’s world collapsed around him. The book was the hand that pulled the plug keeping me in the Matrix and now, nauseated and gasping for air, I whirred down the waste pipe and landed in my reality, forced to accept what was now before my very eyes, forced to accept what had been there all along.

(SPOILER ALERT: The last sentence of this paragraph may allude to something that happens in the book. Don’t read it if you haven’t read the book yet!) This book is very important to me and when I heard about this contest from my friend Paula, I knew I had to take a swipe at being a part of this beautiful story of awakening. I chose the simple, modern feel for the design elements because it is similar to the styles being used when this book was first published and they show that the book still has relevance  and is important in our current day. The texture and fire in the composition show the deterioration of these happy design elements similarly to how the false optimism of the book’s inhabitants eventually go up in flames.

Now that I’m done with these I need to contemplate which path I should go down next in my creative journey. Whatever it is I will definitely keep you updated. Wish me luck on the contest!

Fahrenheit 451 Jacket Design Contest Entries

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Digital paintin’ time

So last weekend, I spent about 13.5 hours painting this illustration for a small student publication at my old school. I received an e-mail asking if I wanted to submit something to go along with a literary “Exquisite Corpse.” For those of you that don’t know, an exquisite corpse is a piece of media, be it a painting, an animation, or a story, that is begun by one person, and continued on by multiple people with each new segment done in the next person’s own style/vision. At least that’s what I think it is. So for this publication they are presenting a string of exquisite corpse paragraphs, each with an illustration to go with it. My exquisite corpse read:

“I just want a lollipop can be a delicious treat that be immediately shoved in the baskets down by the Nile flowed through her fingers that she used to pick his nose was too big to fit through the door is no longer a couch, where she would quietly meow–not a loud bark–never time for a marvelous adventure.”

Seeing as I haven’t painted anything in a very long time, I saw this as the perfect opportunity to get back in the game.  The vision hit me instantly. It would be political painting in a bleak future where everything, even banks of the Nile and the Pyramids themselves are controlled by modern greed. The riveted metal sheets represent this attempt to control.

I wish I could have had twice as much time to finish this thing but work and other projects are taking up nearly all my time right now. Visual art is something I strive to get better at and I will post more on my artistic journey in the future.

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