Sunday, 6 January 2019

The First Chapter: Enlighten


As I recently revealed the front cover of my debut poetry collection, I thought it was about time that I showed you a selection of the illustrations, which will be making an appearance in there too.

The first chapter of Intoxicated Minds is called Enlighten. I chose to call it that, because in each poem, there's a lesson that I want you to learn, and take away with you. Everything that I write about is truthful, and has happened to me at some point throughout the years. This chapter is educational, honest, and quite hard-hitting, so I thought it made sense for me to put it first, as it will hopefully have a long-lasting effect on anybody that reads it. 

Out of the 12 illustrations, I have chosen my 6 favourites to discuss in chronological order.

YOU ARE PERFECTLY WHOLE ON YOUR OWN:
For this first piece, I envisioned quite bright, and bold colours. I wanted to implement the concept of a puzzle, because the whole idea of the poem is that you don't need a significant other to complete you, as you are already complete from the day that you're born. 

CONSIDER YOUR PURPOSE:
In this poem, I wanted to use the symbolism of a globe, and shades of blue/green, because I see them as being uplifting with fairly pleasant connotations. The idea is that all humans are different, and we should all live for ourselves, rather than somebody else, who may only be temporary.

YOU ARE A DIAMOND IN DISGUISE:
Here, I liked the idea of a comparison between a rock, and a diamond, and the fact that each person is a work of art. We all have our own strengths, our own ambitions, and our own interests, and we deserve more credit than we often give ourselves.

MORPHING INTO ONE:
This particular illustration was set to be incredibly striking, but I initially had no idea which direction I wanted it to be taken in. I thought about the feeling of being caged up, trapped, insecure, and unable to grasp your own sense of self. This one was intentionally made quite dark, and eery, and I think/hope it conveys the right message.

YOU ARE THE ONE TO BLAME:
What I suggested for this particular poem was images of a bonfire with either a silhouette/person standing, or crouching beside it, and then a crowd of silhouettes acting as onlookers are watching my emotions spew everywhere, uncontrollably. I wanted the 'speech' to resemble swear words, and chaos.

YOUR LOVER SHOULD FIND YOU TO BE A PLEASURE:
The idea of a gallery was pretty prominent in my mind when I read over the words that I'd written here.The way I see it is that there could be so many portraits in an art gallery that you admire, and think are beautiful in their own way, but one will capture your attention, and then the rest won't even compare, hence why in this illustration, the girl is holding that one close. 

I had the pleasure of working with the ever so talented Amy Harwood on this chapter, and alongside the other 6 illustrations she did for me, she definitely helped me to achieve exactly what I had envisioned! You can find her website here, her Twitter here, and Instagram here, so please go, and give her a whole lotta love!

Let me know what you think in the comments below, and be sure to keep your eyes peeled over on my Instagram and here on my blog for more illustrations (and maybe even some poems...) coming your way soon!

Love and light always,




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