“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
Books. Books. Books. Books keep our mind simulated and imaginations alive, bringing us tears of joy and feelings of sadness. I will be bringing out a set of illustrated logos for some of my favourite books every now and then; these are the first 3 for Brave Story by Miyuki Miyabe, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan.
Poor Wataru's life is turned upside down when his father leaves the family for another woman, leaving his mother hospitalised after an attempted suicide and himself with no parents to turn to. When his friend tells him of an alternate world where he can change his fate, he doesn't hesitate for a second to jump into the Porte Noctre to retore his once 'happy' family. Brave Story is a rich and imaginative novel which has captivated me when I was younger and continues to do so. The 5-pointed star is an imagery which is repeated throughout the novel and so I have used for the backdrop and design of the sword hilt. The black and white birds and mirror also play a key role in the novel.
Few people haven't heard of Pip's journey from the working class apprentice to an upper class gentleman. Great Expectations has inspired the working class that they don't necessaily have to be born into middle or upper class to become a part of it, making people change the way they think about social status. I used a rococo-style frame to decorate the borders and mixed it with a more modern style to give it a contemporary twist.
The story of vampires and the war against their rivals, the Vampanese, captivated me as a child and continues to do so. The very first chapter of Cirque Du Freak introduces us to Darren, an ordinary schoolboy with a love for spiders, especially tarantulas. The design is based on a scene in the book where one of the characters makes his spider Madame Octa spin a web inside his mouth. The typeface is Victorian-inspired as circuses were very popular in the 1800s.