Title Page Illustration

title page illustration – created by Soojin Kim

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Brave New World Covers

When I try to buy books, I always look at the covers of the books to see if they are appealing or not. If the covers of the book do not attract the readers, I think the illustrator was irresponsible for his or her work. Among all books we have read this year, I thought that the cover of the novel Brave New World was the most interesting one. In the novella Brave New World, people are born from ninety-six identical embryos and they are conditioned in a way that the head of the State wants them to behave; they are basically puppets of Mustapha Mond, the leader of the World State. The author of the book Aldous Huxley satires the domination of science and technology in this world through creation of a dystopian world, in which an autocratic government controlled society without any freedom and individuality granted. There were numerous engrossing covers of Brave New World; I thought that the covers of the book Brave New World did an interesting job reflecting the key point or main idea of the novel successfully.

The egg in the cover indicates the egg cells in which people of the World State are born. In the Hatchery center, people go through what is called the bokanovsky process, which involves a procedure of shocking an egg so that it divides up to ninety-six identical embryos, then into ninety-six identical human beings. I thought that the egg in the cover represents the World State and the zipper indicates the “real,” adverse perspective of the World State. I interpreted the unzipping of an egg as the revealer of the truth of the World State, for example, the fact that the Director gave birth viviparously to a son indicates, which is significant that the Director of the Hatchery Center has done the most humiliating thing ever as a leader.

What I also felt about the World State was that the atmosphere of the World State is somewhat cold, very inhuman. Conditioned people in the World State disregard “true” relationships with others, which is evidently shown through a character named Lenina, who only pursues physical relationship, having sex with more guys around her. They are also conditioned to think the word “mother” and “father” as absurd and nonsense. When John the Savage calls the Director of the Hatchery Center “father,” everyone in the World State starts to laugh crazily and the Director blushes and chooses to resign. The World State’s hatred toward family and true relationships made me think that the World State is an emotionally deprived society, which is illustrated with dark, cold colors.

There were also a lot of appealing covers of the book “Brave New World,” but most of them resembled in a way that all of them portrayed the machine-dominant and inhuman society.

So I created my own illustration of the book “Brave New World,” combining all the themes i think that are significant. The face of a person is consisted of machines and they throw up things that take a huge part in our society, things like love and books broken frames that has a photo of a family. They eventually become cold-colored, inhuman looking components of the big machine, which represents the World State.

(the illustration is in hard copy)

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Western Illustration: John Walsom

I think the job of an illustrator is beneficial in certain perspective that it can be related to many other jobs. When I saw the illustration of John, I thought he is well aware of the angles and the structure of the room, just like an architect. John has been working as a successful artist and illustrator for over 20 years. As I expected, John was previously a photographer as well as an architect. He holds regular solo and group exhibitions of his paintings. His water-colour like paintings look somewhat melancholy and gloomy.

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Western Illustration: Shailesh Khandeparkar

(I am just going to put Shailesh Khandeparkar in Western Illustration category)

I thought the illustrator Shailesh Khanderparker is interesting that this was my first time seeing a Indian illustrator. After looking at his illustrations, I thought that the illustration somehow profoundly reflects the culture of his or her country. Shailesh is known as a freelance illustrator and designer living and working in India. His uses a style which combined classical Indian with modern techniques.

It is interesting how his illustrations contrast each other, sometimes utilizing an Indian style, sometimes utilizing a modern technique.

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Korean Movie Review: “Just Like the Moon Strayed Out of Clouds”

I hesitated to write a blog post about a Korean movie since it is hard to translate into English. But the movie was so impressive and didactic that it was just stuck in my head after I saw the movie.
Two weeks ago I watched a movie named “구르믈 버서난 달처럼,” which translates into “Just Like the Moon Strayed out of Clouds” in English. This movie is about a charismatic peasant leader whose goal becomes pointless after killing numerous people in order to overthrow the king Seon-Jo during the middle of the Chosun dynasty. This peasant leader named Mong-hak Lee, have a dream of overthrowing incapable king and unequal social structure and create an ideal society which everyone is treated equal, especially peasants. In order to achieve his goals, he abandons his lover and old friends who he used to be really close with. His old blind friend, who is one of the greatest swordsman during the Chosun dynasty, thinks that the brutal rebellion is not the only way to make a better society. Mong-hak’s rebellion seemed to be successful at the beginning, attracting numerous peasants. However, he started to become more cruel; his goal changed from establishing an equal society to becoming a king. At the time when the rebellion reached its zenith, Japanese started to invade Korea and soon they reached the palace, at the same time when Mong-hak and his crowd came into the palace. Surprisingly, there was no one left in the palace, not a single one. The powerless king, who was just a figure head,  had already escaped with other government officials. Mong-hak and his crew fight until every single one dies in the palace. Evidently, Korean swords could not beat Japan’s new technology, guns. The rebellion had failed. And the Japanese started to intervene in the business of the Korean government. And all characters meet in the next world, all looking delightful.
After watching the movie, I thought that the clouds in the title represented the dream that Mong-hak and his friends had at the beginning, a dream to create an ideal society in which everyone is treated equal, and the moon represented Mong-hak, who had changed his goal to an ambitious one (ascending to the throne)and become corrupted by power. I loved the title of the movie, which profoundly reflected the theme of the movie.
I also thought that the protagonist of the movie Mong-hak resembled Macbeth, the corrupted king. They both had friends who have been supporting him for long time but they betray their friends for their own benefit. In order to achieve their goal, they disregard the significance of people around them. They both turn against their lovers and they eventually murder their faithful friends, who could be a hindrance to their goal. However, they are different in a way that Mong-hak eventually realizes how he was foolish to become a king from a normal peasant but Macbeth do not regret what he has done until his death. Not only in those two works, there are numerous people in historical records who had been just like Macbeth and Mong-hak, which indicates that they are more realistic characters in our society compared to good characters in both “Just like the Moon Strayed Out of Clouds” and “Macbeth,” even though both characters are portrayed as evil.

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Matthew Hollings

Matthew Hollings is an English illustrator who actively works and collaborates with other corporations in London. He is a graduate of Camberwell College of Arts. His works attempt to bridge clearly the separation between traditional draftsmanship and digital mark-making. His imagines always begin as hand drawings before being scanned into the computer in order to be colored and fixed. His influences are from various sources and he is equally comfortable addressing mark-making challenges of portraiture to provoke conceptual demands. As I looked at his illustrations, I loved somewhat ruined splashes over his drawn materials. Also the face expressions of people seemed to change dramatically distinguished by his various utilization of colors. His drawings seem to be watercoloured but it is all accomplished through photoshop programs, which was very interesting and more appealing.

(all photos are taken from http://www.illustrationweb.com/illustrators/home_large.asp?artist_id=3388)

compare the two photos above. Both illustrations seem to have gloomy, depressive face expressions but it is different through the use of colors. The right one seems to be more bright compared to the one in left. While the right one stands out, the left one feels somewhat even more depressing and lonely.

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Maria Livings

Maria Livings’ artworks is the artisan tradition of English artists as well as illustration, amalgamating traditional skills with technologies in order to express broader view of innovative ideologies. She favors the collaborative working and states that she wants to produce illustrations that are both decorative and intelligent. After looking at her illustrations, I assumed that her illustrations might be suitable for children’s books. As I expected, she also draws for children’s books. But she claims that she is equally happy working on children’s book illustration, information literature and surface design. Recently she is a creator of the illustrative prints featured on the products on Lush designs. Sometimes she makes the separate parts of her illustrations in black in that are scanned and put together in photoshop programs. Observing her illustrations, I thought that she has a sensibility of youth through her use of colors and lines because it is somewhat very smooth and it feels like I am in the castle which comes out in fairy tales, just like the movie “Alice in Wonderland.”

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