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Sat Sep 19, 2015, 09:41 AM Sep 2015

There Are Many Ways To Illustrate Books, But None So Breathtaking As These [View all]

Source: ViralNova

Artist Su Blackwell illustrates books. That might not sound very unusual, but Blackwell's illustrations turn books into detailed, haunting scenes -- quite literally. That's because the art she creates is made using the books themselves, the pages cut, folded, and pasted into intricate, three-dimensional scenes that capture not only the narrative, but the feeling of the books.

Using strategically placed lighting, the scenes glow with inner light that's at once warm and lonely. Blackwell is drawn to solitary places, like the forests, coastlines, and isolated houses that make up so many folklore and fairy tale stories. She uses minimal color to emphasize certain items, but for the most part, the images keep the black and white print pattern, with shape and texture identifying them. Wires hold up some pieces, making them appear to float in midair.

If her work seems a bit unsettling, it's because Blackwell intends for it to be so, and strives to capture the full range of emotion covered by the stories. "I tend to lean towards young girl characters, placing them in haunting, fragile settings, expressing the vulnerability of childhood, while also conveying a sense of childhood anxiety and wonder," she explains. "There is a quiet melancholy in the work, depicted in the material used, and choice of subtle color."

To Kill A Mockingbird, 2015

Red Riding Hood, 2010

The Master and Margarita, 2014

Matilda, 2014

More: http://www.viralnova.com/su-blackwell/
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