The overall mood of the novel is pretty somber and gloomy, so I chose colors that would reflect that. The background is the silhouette of the Brooklyn cityscape along with the iconic Brooklyn Bridge in the foreground, which is the focus. The most interesting and often times most difficult part of the novel for me was that the main character, Lionel, was inflicted by Tourette syndrome. With this syndrome being a mental disorder, one of my favorite parts of the novel was the short chapter entitled "Tourette Dreams." This three-lined chapter reads:
"(In Tourette dreams you shed your tics)
(or your tics shed you)
(and you go with them, astonished to leave yourself behind)"
Lionel struggles with his tics throughout the novel. This chapter suggests that there should be some kind of acceptance of these tics rather than a complete removal of them. The line reads, "you go with them" (them being the tics). In the novel, Lionel says that he wouldn't use drugs to get rid of his tics. He accepts them as part of who he is. I wanted to illustrate this through the footprints on the bridge. Each footprint is created by placing the word "tic" multiple times throughout the shape of the footprint. I wanted this to symbolize the fact that no matter where Lionel goes, the tics go with him and he's okay with that, because they are a part of who he is.