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Even the Revolution Has a Grandmother

I'm very excited to be taking this class!  I've been toying with the idea of writing illustrated books and have wanted to work on incorporating lettering into my drawings for a while.  I just haven't been able to figure out how to get a handle on it - so, my goal in this course is to figure it out.

As my quotation, I've chosen an aphorism by the Swedish surrealist poet Artur Lundqvist: "Even the Revolution Has a Grandmother."  A friend of mine, Henning Koch, recently translated an anthology of Lundqvist's aphorisms, and once I read them, I immediately wanted to illustrate all of them.  I chose this one because it is short and sort of hilarious.

When I think of revolutions, obviously tons of Soviet images come to mind, which is great because Russian grandmothers are amazing.  I divided my mood board into 3 parts: theme, typography, and layout.  I want to do something that is very folksy, with lots of old Slavic patterns and a stereotypical Babuschka, but also incorporate that very angular, graphic Soviet constructivist aesthetic.  My boyfriend says my mood board has too many pictures on it, but oh well.

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