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American Gods

For my Drop Cap Letterform project I've choosen the book American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I'm pretty excited on how this will progress since its not a typical book I normally read. Here is a brief synopis from Amazon.

Shadow is a man with a past. But now he wants nothing more than to live a quiet life with his wife and stay out of trouble. Until he learns that she's been killed in a terrible accident.

Flying home for the funeral, as a violent storm rocks the plane, a strange man in the seat next to him introduces himself. The man calls himself Mr. Wednesday, and he knows more about Shadow than is possible.

He warns Shadow that a far bigger storm is coming. And from that moment on, nothing will ever he the same...

American Gods really gave me a sense of setting out on a mysterious adventure that flows and wanders thru the winding roads of america. It was both fantastical and ever engaging, I can't wait to start this project. 

Initial Brainstorm of characters and themes.


Main Concept Sketches:

Above are my concepts that I'm currently thinking of moving forward with. 

A. Is suppose to look like a coin being tossed into the air which speaks to various coin tricks and coin focused themes throughout the book, both with the protaganists wife and the protaganist himself. Though as I write this I realize there is more a focus on coin tricks and misdirection than flipping of coins so I think this one is already out the door.

B. Has two crows perched on the upper arm of the G, much in the way two crows serve and perch upon Wenesday's shoulder.

C. The spear plays a large role in the book as a tool of sacrafice and also of great meaning to a few of the gods. It goes through stress of the G which is a literal and metaphoric reinforcment on the theme of back stabbing. I probably feel the strongest about this one.

D. And lastly is again using the upper arm of the G with a bird motif, but this time as a way to illustrate the thunderbird, which hints towards the role of native american gods in the book as well as an important animal in the book.

Next steps: Thinking over the sketchs, maybe getting some feedback as well, and then pursuing two of the options. 



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