Category Archives: Literature

New Drawing: From The Waste Land

Oed’ und leer das Meer (Empty and Desolate the Sea)

Oed’ und leer das Meer (Empty and Desolate the Sea). Ink and graphite on watercolor paper

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Great Illuminated Classics

Tales of Mystery and Imagination illustrated by Harry Clarke

Tales of Mystery and Imagination illustrated by Harry Clarke

Moby Dick illustrated by Matt Kish

Moby-Dick illustrated by Matt Kish

Fahrenheit 451 illuminated by Tim Hamilton

Fahrenheit 451 illuminated by Tim Hamilton

The Four Holy Gospels illuminated by Makoto Fujimura

The Four Holy Gospels illuminated by Makoto Fujimura

The Lord of the Rings illustrated by Alan Lee

The Lord of the Rings illustrated by Alan Lee

Inferno illustrated by Gustave Dore

Inferno illustrated by Gustave Dore

Frankenstein illuminated by Gris Grimly

Frankenstein illuminated by Gris Grimly

Heart of Darkness illustrated by Matt Kish

Heart of Darkness illustrated by Matt Kish

Song of Myself illuminated by Allen Crawford

Song of Myself illuminated by Allen Crawford

The Hobbit illustrated by Tolkien himself

The Hobbit illustrated by Tolkien himself

Beowulf illuminated by Gareth Hinds

Beowulf illuminated by Gareth Hinds

At the Mountains of Madness illuminated by I.N.J. Culbard

At the Mountains of Madness illuminated by I.N.J. Culbard

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Digital Illumination: T.S. Eliot’s “Preludes”

Digital Collage by Jacob Rowan

Digital Collage by Jacob Rowan

I am moved by fancies that are curled
Around these images, and cling:
The notion of some infinitely gentle
Infinitely suffering thing.

Wipe your hand across your mouth, and laugh;
The worlds revolve like ancient women
Gathering fuel in vacant lots.

This is the sixth and final digital collage created to illuminate Eliot’s “Preludes.” You can see the others here. The overall design differs from the previous five and I reused elements from the preceding images to create the suggestion of revolutions and vacancy. This is new territory for me and I would welcome honest critique.

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Salvador Dalí as Illuminator

Thanks to Maria Popova at Brain Pickings I recently discovered a whole series of Salvador Dalí’s illustrations for classic works of literature. Click on the caption to see the full complement of images.

Also as a bonus check out Dalí’s twelve signs of the zodiac.

 

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Digital Illumination: T.S. Eliot’s “Preludes”

Digital Collage by Jacob Rowan

Digital Collage by Jacob Rowan

IV
His soul stretched tight across the skies
That fade behind a city block,
Or trampled by insistent feet
At four and five and six o’clock
And short square fingers stuffing pipes,
And evening newspapers, and eyes
Assured of certain certainties,
The conscience of a blackened street
Impatient to assume the world.

This is the fifth digital collage created to illuminate Eliot’s “Preludes.” You can see the others here. This is new territory for me and I would welcome honest critique.

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Digital Illumination: T.S. Eliot’s “Preludes”

Digital Collage by Jacob Rowan

Digital Collage by Jacob Rowan

And when all the world came back
And the light crept up between the shutters,
And you heard the sparrows in the gutters,
You had such a vision of the street
As the street hardly understands;
Sitting along the bed’s edge, where
You curled the papers from your hair,
Or clasped the yellow soles of feet
In the palms of both soiled hands.

This is the fourth digital collage created to illuminate Eliot’s “Preludes.” You can see the others here. This is new territory for me and I would welcome honest critique.

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Digital Illumination: T.S. Eliot’s “Preludes”

Digital Collage by Jacob Rowan

Digital Collage by Jacob Rowan

III
You tossed a blanket from the bed,
You lay upon your back, and waited;
You dozed, and watched the night revealing
The thousand sordid images
Of which your soul was constituted;
They flickered against the ceiling.

This is the third digital collage created to illuminate Eliot’s “Preludes.” You can see the first here and the second here. This is new territory for me and I would welcome honest critique.

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