I have decided to use Coralie Bickford-Smith as my influence. I want to explore creating a repetitive pattern for my covers as she has, in a hand drawn art style that I hope will draw into the aspects of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Her use of vibrant colour as well as monotone allows for me to have a wider range in how I could apply colour to my own work.
The cover I wish to recreate is Pride and Prejudice. I’d like to explore making images that can be used as a pattern, so before I make concept covers, I’ll need to research some of the themes within this story and then sketch out some rough images based on my findings.
“Sparknotes: Pride And Prejudice: Themes, Motifs & Symbols”. Sparknotes.com. N.p., 2017. Web. 16 Mar. 2017. Retrieved from: http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/pride/themes.html
“Sparknotes: Pride And Prejudice: Plot Overview”. Sparknotes.com. N.p., 2017. Web. 16 Mar. 2017. Retrieved from: http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/pride/summary.html
After looking here, I have quickly jotted down some main points to consider.
Elizabeth Bennet: Prideful, charming, intelligent, witty, independent. Mark Darcy: Brooding, defiant, humble, Pemberley Estate. Social functions: dances and dining parties. Money/inheritance. Delivering of letters, a love story. Reputation, classes and courtship.
These are some sketches I came up with quickly just thinking about what sort of imagery could go into a pattern on the covers. I was thinking the feather of the quill would be a good theme as it represents the character’s connection and intellect. I also have this idea about a key and heart shaped lock, resembling their love that took a while to unhinge. I drew up an idea for the lock and key for later on, if I can get my Wacom working to digitally draw a pattern in Illustrator. I am trying to think of keeping the drawings in a classical yet cartoon kind of style and to have a sense of movement in my work.