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On my high school I studied 'Graphic design'. It was not exactly what I was interested in, but at the time it was the only affordable choice and the only high school around my area that had something to do with art.
Like honestly - they expect us to choose a career path for the rest of our life when we're still so young (15 y.o. in my country) and our hormones are confusing us about every little things - how are we supposed to do that? 😅
I honestly had no idea what I'd like to do back then and I still don't know even after 8 years. 😂 Oops. What about you?
Well, I had no other choice but to stick to the only thing that ever interested me (art). I was so happy when I got accepted to the school (and eventually, 4 years later, graduated with almost all A's). 😊
A bonus was that I got to study in a gorgeous city named Litoměřice and I got to meet some amazing people including my today's boyfriend (but next time about that 😁).
At the end of our studies we needed to create a graphic design work and write a thesis about it. Almost everyone did some branding stuff - like logos, brochures, bussines cards and other stuff related to brand identity.
I wasn't interested in this in a slightest. I wanted to do drawings and art, not this boring stuff in Adobe Illustrator. 😂
At the time I was completely in love with a TV show named Penny Dreadful. It's a horror series based in Victorian England with a bunch of original literature characters in it - Victor Frankenstein and his Monster, Dorian Gray, Jekyll and Hide etc. And it's honestly the best show I ever watched.Poetic, tragic, beautiful.
I decided to create 20 illustrations for a possible book based completely on the TV show. 😊 My illustrations focus mostly on the characters, but I draw some objects important to the story as well.
Here are some of the illustrations:
They are all hand-drawn with a pencil and later edited and colored in Photoshop. I chose 2 main colors (red and purple) as you can see. :) I wanted it to be simple, but in harmony - to appear as a one whole piece.
I also needed to do a book cover, which came out so good, in my opinion. 😅😊 Here it is:
Like honestly... Would you buy this book in a book store? I'd like to know. 😊
Again I used some red and purple accents on the book cover to bind it with the illustrations. I like how dark it is and how the woman is just about to step out on the light.
Interesting fact: The scorpion symbol on the front cover is very important to the story because it's a representation of the main character named Vanessa. So I need to include it. 😃
This is how the book woul look on the inside (also my design):
I noticed some errors in the work, especially in the thesis, but I need to say that I'm still very proud of the final result. 😊
My teachers liked it and I've got an A for it (even though my presentation, where I was supposed to talk about it, was hell and unprofessional because I was nervous af 😅).
Alright... I will end this article here.
Do you like the artwork and the theme? Would the book caught your attention in a book store or not? And what was your graduation like? 😊