I don't have my illustrations done yet, I wanted to see if I was on the right track with this one first. They won't take very long at all so I'll be fine. I've decided to do them in colorless. This spread is basically how I want the rest of the book, the crooked lines in the body text might be distracting and painstaking, but I like it. I also need a better font.... I'm not very experienced with InDesign!
A character sheet of Alice.
Here are some more sketches, just my thoughts on how the illustrations will sit within the body text. There won't be any full page illustrations, just small ones for each chapter. There's a spiral behind the chapter numbers, just a theme I want to continue through out the book. Through out the book there will be ink blotches and spills in the margins and in the text itself. The text body will be crooked and messy, hopefully I figure it out on InDesign. I'll find a hand written, sort of cursive font. Once again, just to keep up my idea about Carroll writing this on the spot one afternoon. The page numbers will be hand written centered on the bottom. Also the chapter numbers and titles will be hand written.
Here are some revised sketches of my book cover, front and back. I'm still playing with color, I'll post some of those experiments up here shortly. It might be just black and white, but I'm leaning towards colored. A limited color range, possibly watercolors or colored pencils.
The spiral behind the title will appear behind every chapter number. I'm still looking for fonts, would it be too weird to have the title hand drawn? The lettering here on the cover is based on Carroll's actual hand drawn version of Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland, you can find the virtual version of that book on the British Library's website. http://www.bl.uk/ in case anyone is interested...
My concept is to approach this as if Lewis Carol had written and drawn it himself right after a crazy drug trip. It will have a very sketchy, messy, spontaneous feel to it, lots of energy. Very Ronald Searle inspired, I'm not sure the colors, it could work in just black and white to further the idea that the author just set to work with a pen and paper right after his acid trip.
Budget: I want to do a 8x10 portrait hardcover image wrap. With a single column of text I think that'd be a little under 80 pages? So I'm guessing $37.95 per book, +$6.99 for shipping.