A Dark Heart and a Whole lot of Mess


If you’ve had your ear to the ground in the world of illustration and whatnot, you may have heard that the Folio Society & House of Illustration have recently launched their 2014 competition to illustrate a classic novel. This year’s addition to their, ever growing archive of mouth-wateringly stunning books, is Joseph Conrad’s novella, Heart of Darkness.

And with a subject matter that rich, who the hell am I to say no?

So here was my entries of 3, evenly spaced illustrations to accompany the text and a graphically simple jacket design.

"Two women, one fat, the other slim sat on straw bottomed chairs, knitting black wool."

“Two women, one fat, the other slim sat on straw bottomed chairs, knitting black wool.”

"What we could see was just the steamer we were on, her outlines blurred as though she had been on the point of dissolving, and a misty strip of water, perhaps two feet broad, around her-- and that was all.  The rest of the world was nowhere..."

“What we could see was just the steamer we were on, her outlines
blurred as though she had been on the point of dissolving,
and a misty strip of water, perhaps two feet broad, around her–
and that was all. The rest of the world was nowhere…”

"But his soul was mad.  Being alone in the wilderness, it had looked within itself, and, by heavens!  I tell you, it had gone mad."

“But his soul was mad. Being alone in the wilderness, it had looked
within itself, and, by heavens! I tell you, it had gone mad.”

Book jacketSo there we have it! It was a stunning project to work with, the text is truly deep and rich and it was a genuine challenge to provide works that didn’t sell it short. In the end, I decided to let the words do their job with the vast majority of the description and allow the imagery to focus more on communicating the themes of the scene. It’s my belief that images should, really offer something additional to the text, rather than simply supporting it.

I Can’t wait to see the winning design, I’m sure it’s going to be something quite special!

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  1. Pingback: House Of Illustration and Folio Society: A collection of Ghost Stories! | Rebecca Bagley Illustration

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