Monday, January 13, 2014


Prompt: Explain how you developed your design for your book carving. How important was it to have a clear plan before starting? What were the challenges you faced when working on this project? Explain how you overcame them. Discuss your design and how it relates to the book you chose (if that was the case, if not just discuss design). Did you take any risks? How and why? Describe how you felt about the overall project and if you felt it was successful.

I had a lot of plans for book carving but was uncertain about most of them, but then somehow somewhere the phrase "the inner workings of a book" popped into my head. that phrase transferred into this.i was going for a steampunky vibe. im really mad that i painted it. wow. but i really like the carving and the metal centers. it was so important to have every layer planned beforehand and to trace really slowly and not try any shortcuts, whenever i would try to do too many pages at once it would have drastically horrible effects on the aesthetic of my book carving. i used "the godfather" bc i just found it sitting on my shelf. my dad saw me cutting into it with an exacto knife and yelled (well, stated. he doesnt really yell), "HEY! thats a good book! stop that!" but it was too late. my risk was painting it when i thought it wouldnt look good, it didnt, i was right. but i still am okay with the fact that i tried painting it. I had a different design beforehand, same mechanical layout but more pieces/closer together, but it was too difficult to carve and would have taken a decade. i think there is a nice theme behind this book carving, which i dont think i really have to explain (or really i just cant put it into words, but basically something about what it takes to make a book run/the inner workings/mechanics of a book) ok bye

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