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Diyar Erdogan

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Dylan Thomas//Do not go gentle into that good night

I chose Dylan Thomas’s poem called “Do not go gentle into that good night”

To hear Dylan Thomas from himself as he reading the poem was inspiring: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mRec3VbH3w

As I read the poem and listened the video in above. I have realized that the issue was not about death itself. It was more about a son who does not want to lose his father and feels desperate about this situation which is inevitable to come. However the death was coming for everyone; wise men, good men, wild men and grave man and all of them found a way of dealing with that. The author reaches out to his father to “curse, bless” him so that he could do something for his father. As he tells his father to fight, he asks for this not only for his father but also for their relationship. In general, this poem brought several themes into my mind. I make it to finale with two of them. First theme was a father and a son. I felt like there is a reluctance of a little kid for losing his father, for me the author is still a kid in this poem.

For father and son theme; I thought about how to show father and son relationship or the symbol of father. Then “tree” figure came into my mind as the best way to represent it. But since the death was about to come for father and their relationship was no longer going to exist, I tried to draw a tree as it was about to fall or it was in the edge. I did some sketches (though, I am not good at drawing) and then tried to implement in Adobe Illustrator. When I was playing with image, I felt like to show the author (kid) side of the relationship between father and son. So the swinging kid is representing that ,even as a grownup, he still tries to hold on to father/son relationship. But it is on the edge, it is about to fall. As the father cross over the other hill as being about to be gone, the kid is still tried to hold on to that relationship and asking for it. (As the title and the last part of the poem:

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.)

After making the shapes and deciding on color in Ai, I took everything to InDesign so that I can fix and decide on the proportion of the font. I use the image of a tree to draw, I also use images from shuttertrack to put a silhouette of the swinging kid and old man.



After Alyssa's comment on color, I have realized that I did not do very detail study on colors for this theme while I put more energy in the second theme regarding colors. And I was thinking how should I decide on colors for this theme, I have noticed that my previous color selection was so realistic. I wanted to change that. I tried all types of color first to get some inspiration!

I felt like these colors of tree and hills were great way to escape from realistic color scheme. But then the problem was deciding on the background which was so difficult!!!

I have changed so many colors for background, actually I forgot to take a printscreen of most of it. But I try almost every color which was basically balance with the colors of tree and hills. After deciding on one color as you can see in below, I changed the position of the title like the version of the second theme. Actually I am still not very sure about background color. So I would appreciate any comment on that and it would be great help :D So far this is the FINAL COVER:

My second theme was about the dying of the light/ the inevitable of death.

In the poem, it mentions about wise men, good men, wild men and grave men who have faced the death. So, this time I wanted to try to show this rage and resistance against dying. I thought it was best to put men in abstract context so that it would provide a clean vision. That’s why I gave them color; wise men is green, good men is white, wild men is red and grave men is grey-blue. It mentions about meteors in the poem and it feels like a strong metaphor to represent of the dying of the light and death.

Again first I draw in Ai. The meteor was so difficult to put it through. Also first I could not decide how to use the colors in shape.  Then I opened it in InDesign and go through again the meteor, the font and the shapes. In final, I made it to put something as I like.  I use the shapes in rectangle because I felt like the meteor (death) was coming over it and as they stand still. It felt like a resistance to me.


I am not a native speaker so sorry in advance for any grammar mistakes and I would appreciate any comments on my work. Thank you so much!


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