Archive for the ‘Research (Imagery)’ Category

Christian Children’s Book Precedents

September 28, 2010

Christian Children’s book precedents from my church. One of the book series uses a rough, pencil work aesthetic with single colour rendering on every second page. I really like this style as it keeps the reader interested and it’s nice to see a loose style rather than a fully polished and rendered style like I am used to seeing.

The book about the house on the rock uses small illustrations on the pages with text to link back to the illustration on the opposite page. I will be doing something similar by illustrating the first letter on each page of my book, linking the text in with the illustration.


Picture book examples

September 12, 2010

Text layouts, illustration styles, title block examples

School Journal Illustrations

September 8, 2010

Some illustration styles from various School Journals which I like. This will give me something to aim for and to compare with to see if my illustrations are successful.

Fraser Williamson

September 8, 2010

This style is suited to childrens books. It is very fun and colourful as well as stylised.

Photographer commits suicide after taking this photo

May 23, 2010

Just found this rather interesting as a kind of battle between good and evil. There was a policy which said the photographer could not help the child. There has been much discussion about whether he should have helped the child and gone against policy or whether it was not his place to go against policy and help her.

The discussion on this photo is very interesting and surprisingly two-sided…

May 2, 2010

God vs Satan Moodboards

May 2, 2010


March 13, 2010

The PS3 and Xbox360 game, Darksiders, is an apocalyptic video game in which mankind has been wiped out by a battle between heaven and hell and the neutral party, War of the Four Horsemen, must find out why this apocalypse happened before it was meant to.

God vs. Satan in film and TV and some colour theory

March 13, 2010

The movie, Constantine, deals with a battle between heaven and hell where God and Satan have made a wager for the souls of mankind.

The movie, Hercules, involves a battle between the “good” Gods in Olympus and the “evil” God, Hades, in the underworld, with humans in the crossfire.

TV series, God the Devil and Bob, is an animated comedy where God is considering putting an end to humanity but has allowed Satan to choose one human to try to prove humanity is worth saving.

Black vs White (sourced from

White, often used to lighten other colors, is the most controversial in terms of symbolism. Meanings vary widely, to the point of being opposites. White is associated with love, purity, innocence and goodness. We think of white as being both safe and clean. Hospitals and doctors come to mind. However, in some cultures it represents death. A white flag means a truce, while a white mask in China signifies fright. It can be used to symbolize a new beginning. We know snow is white and therefore associate the color with coolness. It also elicits a feeling of simplicity. Some consider it the color of perfection. Consider the relationship between black and white, often used to describe opposing ideas. We think of good vs. evil, right vs. wrong, future vs. past, night vs. day, success vs. failure and beginning vs. ending.
Black alone is associated with death, mourning, evil and the night. Black calls to mind a sense of mystery, intrigue and the unknown. It is worn by graduating students, widows and clergy. It also denotes strength, power and authority. Black is associated with elegance and formality – a black tie
event or a little black dress. Black makes other colors stand out, and is considered a slimming color when worn in clothing.

LOST snippet

March 12, 2010

This is a snippet from the television series, LOST, which illustrates my theme quite nicely. The distinction between good and evil is not clear but is perhaps suggested by the colours that they are wearing, playing on our interpretation of colour theory. The passive aggressive conversation is also something I am interested in as it relates to my original idea.