You may remember my previous mentions of another illustrated book I’m working on called Black Hole. This is a much larger project than the TriangleLove book I just released, so I have been working on the drawings for multiple months now.
To refresh your memory, this book is kind of like an adult fairytale, or perhaps even more, a delve into magical realism. The first line of the book is “The hole stretched deep and black across her heart,” and a story continues from there about the life of this “her.” More than the story though, this book is me having fun with many things I love: combining words and visual compositions, the contrast between black and white, repetition and variation in drawing, poetry, the human profile and many more.
I’m beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I’m going to challenge myself to finish the drawings by the end of next week. Here’s a look at most of the pages I have so far, spread out on my dining table:
Right now I have 25 pages finished, and I imagine there will be about 12 more pages. The finished book will be 5.5 x 8. 5 inches (the size of a normal sheet of paper folded in half), and I’m imagining it will feel kind of like a chapbook. After I finish the drawings, I will go onto scanning and laying out the book, which I imagine will take me a good bit of time, especially due to a perfectionistic tendency that often finds me making minute tweaks to lines in Adobe Illustrator.
It’s pretty great to see all of the pages together, and I can’t wait to see this project in printed book form—it’s been a long time coming—it’s been in my head for the better part of the last year.