Beyond: Stolen Flames, Forbidden Fruit & Telephone Booths – 826 Valencia
A couple months ago I worked with the folks at 826 Valencia to help do the book cover design and some internal illustrations for this years Young Authors’ Book Project, “Beyond: Stolen Flames, Forbidden Fruit and Telephone Booths“. The book was layed out and designed by Jody Worthington… who also supplied the pics above. Thanks.
The concept of the literature and for the cover was the merging of ancient mythology with modern times. What makes a “myth” or a “hero” nowadays is no longer as epic as it once was. It seems people are finding mythical storylines in their day-to-day lives. You don’t have to fight a dragon to be a hero.
With the first round of designs I experimented with the idea of mirroring ancient imagery with that of modern times. I wanted to choose items that seem to have become of great importance to people now… technology, commuting, etc. In the end it didn’t feel powerful enough and kinda cheesy.
I am a big fan of masks, espcecially Pacific Northwest Indian & African masks. We thought the mask was a good route to go as it could represent anyone and has an ancient lore feel to it. With that, below are 2 examples in which I mishmashed a bunch of mythilogical and modern imagery.