The Chronicle of Oba-Kek
The Chronicle of Oba-Kek is a short story that I wrote which is about an ancient Egyptian ruler named Oba-Kek who loses his kingdom to the enemy, the story tells of his journey to finally reclaiming his throne and once again rising to greatness
among his people.
I wanted the items in this project to feel like artifacts and remain as authentic as possible, I imagined it as if it had been dug up (or out) from a tomb somewhere in ancient Egypt.
So in appreciation for all of that I thought of a few different things I could do in both design and production to really bring out an authentic Egyptian artifact feel.
I did some research into finding the "right" type of font which the story could be written in. It was interesting at the same time to find some Egyptian hieroglyphics which I could use among the story and other scrolls as a way of being interactive where the viewer has to translate the hieroglyphics to make sense of
the story and scrolls.
With the production I tea stained all of the paper that the story and scrolls are printed on by hand and once that had dried I then gently burned the edges to make it look, feel and smell like it had been buried in a tomb for thousands of years.
To really top the project off I bought from eBay a resin sarcophagus which holds the scrolls inside so the viewer actually has to open the sarcophagus to reveal the insides. I also bought from eBay a small bag of coloured sand which I tipped inside to really give it that dug up feel.
I think the pictures will speak for themselves....