My concept started with choosing my subject. I decided to use Marius de Wet, a funny, weird friend of ours as my subject. He is a fascinating person, that re-tells unbelievable funny stories with such exaggeration and detail which makes him the perfect candidate for this book. His crude ways of describing people, places and situations makes him satirical, but his humour balances on a fine line, between rude and funny.
I developed my basic concept of the book around the satirical words with which he describes people or places. I tried to think of a theme for the book that would suit his weird personality, and discovered photographs of him in the seventies. These photographs captured the essence of him, portraying a young, strong bodybuilder in a speedo on the beach, with a massive moustache and big blow waved hair.
The general stylistic approach is that of the seventies. Through editing the photographs Marius supplied, I created threshold/-traced images consisting of three or more colours. The patterns were part of the visual narrative, illustrating a unique story within each pattern.
Marius has a huge eccentric personality. Therefore, I decided to make his book quite large. The book size is 30cm by 30cm. I decided on a square book, because Marius himself is a Short Square. I decided to use Fedrigoni Splendorgel 160gsm ,that will ensure that my paper does not shine through.