Thursday, July 24, 2014

All the various pieces are finished...

...and so now they begin to be assembled.

            Which is fitting, since my very first book of poetry will be published next month.  I truly did not intend to have my first little art book get finished around the same time as Beltenebros, or the Beautiful Obscure, but I confess to being the teensiest bit pleased.

So these top two — the elephant and camel postcards — are going to be the covers.  I picked them out of a collection of vintage-ish postcards I have, mostly because the map behind the animals is of India.  For those who don't already know, the theme of this little art book is roughly "Gulliver (and Terra Leigh's) Travels."  Places Mister Gulliver went, places I've gone, and the slight overlap between.

The one above I'm particularly proud of.  Mostly because it took more diligence than I normally display.  The paper itself is from the journal I kept while in Spain in 2006, and the journal entry to the left is an actual journal entry I wrote on May 19 of 2006 while sitting on my first real, live topless beach.  The journal entry to the right is from Lemuel Gulliver's retelling of how he began to learn the language of the Houyhnhnms.

And above, of course, we have Laputa, the floating island (i.e., England), hovering over Balnibarbi, threatening to block out the sun for the inhabitants below (i.e., Ireland).

And this is quite simply one of the most time-consuming projects I have ever undertaken, having mistakenly believed it would be "super quick and easy."  Not so.  Nonetheless, I am happy with the results.

Now comes the easy part!  Please, please dear God, let it be easy...