Developing Plans

I decided pretty early into my project that I wanted to make my own book for the project, partly because at first I had wanted to do a concertina style book, but have to rule this out purely because I couldn’t find a concertina book large enough to do my project in. However, after creating a practice draft in a small rectangular sketch book, I decided that that style of book was much easier to work with and gave me a bit more freedom than a concertina book would, as well as making the book itself more solid and less fragile.
Having done my research into Josephine life and becoming familiar with her timeline, I decided that I’d like to cover the period of her life before Napoleon, as it is less well known and no less interesting.
I started out by picking out some key scenes in her life that told the basic story of events, then sketched them out and picked out background and foreground characters┬áthat I’d like to pull forward in the scenes. The first scene, with Josephine and her parents, was easy enough to decide on, pulling the main characters forward and hiding her estranged sister far into the background (born of an affair that her father had with one of the families slaves), hiding her from view, much as the family had done.
From there I chose to show the moment that she got off the ship to first be greeted by the disproving Alexandre (whom took an immediate dislike to her), putting the suite cases in shot, one of which contained her childhood keepsake toys (an obvious sign that Josephine was in no way mature enough to be sent off to be married, least of all so far from home.)
My favorite scene so far however, is the one in which Josephine stands back from the window looking out at Paris from afar, the scene was designed to show how isolated Josephine was during her first year of being in Paris, Alexandre forbid her from leaving their home, in fear of her unfashionable colonial roots destroying his reputation amongst the Parisian socialites.
The act of practicing my scenes like this has really help to solidify my ideas and cement the style of book that I would like to use in my final piece, it made me see how impractical the concertina book would be in creating the kind of product that I wanted to produce. This style of book will also be much easier to make and work with. In addition it allows me to build my my 3D element in 3 layers pre scene with out having to use many full pages, with makes the piece much easier and quicker to make; which is great as I am balancing the time that I spend on my uni work with both my job and my friends over this summer and do not want to rush my work and sacrifice the quality in the interest of time.

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Making plans

When starting a start of my summer project, I decided that the best way to begin was to first have a look at the kind of layered books that where already out there and see if I wanted to draw any ideas from them.

3D Book Art By Alexander Korzer-Robinson

One of the first books that I came across was a piece by Bristol artist Alexander Kozer, who works are made from “boys own adventure’ books from the 19th century. they consist of all the illustrations that already festured in the books and are individually cut out to form a scene that encompasses the whole book. I loved this approach to the book and how it ┬ámade use of all the individual aspects of the illustration to form one large and highly complex piece that spoke in a completely different way. It was, however, painfully obvious that this process took a very long time and probably several headaches before it could look this good, not to mention that fact that Kozer used a book that already featured all the drawings used predawn. I wanted to take of this the layered individual approach to the 3D aspect of this book, but without having to do it in quite so much detail as Kozer.
After more searching threw the many types of illustrated books for the adult audience, I can across the much more simplified layered style of ‘Igor + Andre’, that has featured in the work of Alexandra McQueen. this work was ithe-hunt-popup-1n a style that I loved, even if it was not technically in book form. Though very stylized, it feelds much closer to something that I wqould like to produce, as I love the use of the 3D element of the paper layers. I particularity liked the way the layers where used in the building drawings, I’d like too look at this layering in my book, though with as bit of a different style and will have too look at how I can use flaps to get a similar 3D effect.