Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Alice in Wonderland

This is my cover design for the Puffin Children's books competition. This year's brief is Alice in Wonderland and my ideas about Alice came from the logic of the storyline rather than characters. Lewis Carroll was a conservative Victorian mathematician who distrusted contemporary algebra, according to New Scientist. Imaginary numbers were discovered around the time he wrote Alice, and numbers that can be two things at once, which is echoed in the bit where Alice is told 'You mean what you say is not the same is you say what you mean'.
Expression of maths and logic led to drawings of geometry, and thinking about Wonderland, the phsyics and laws of such a place - I see it as an otherworldy place of strange characters and shapes, a bit like Antarctica. Influenced by Herzog.
There are more illustrations I have not scanned which may eventually follow, I prefer them to the cover anyway.

1 comment:

  1. ahhh hannah. This is lovely! the penguins are the best!