Sarah S

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THE SECRET GARDEN by Frances Hodgson Burnett

SEPT 20

Hi all!

I have chosen "The Secret Garden", a classic written by Frances Hodgson Burnett in 1911. This book holds childhood memories for me. I've decided to focus my project on a dropcap letter "S".

Now onto my brainstorming . . . !!

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The key themes of the book are -

- LOST AND FOUND GARDEN // THE ROBIN' - this is the book's main theme which symbolises the near-destruction and regeneration of a family. The garden shows growth, healing power, being at one with nature and new beginnings. 

- POSITIVE THINKING // SELF DISCOVERY - how life circumstances affect someone's personality. Mary Lennox is a sour and spoilt girl who loses her parents to cholera in India. This life changing situation forces her to go live with her Uncle in Misselthwaite Manor in Yorkshire. It changes her world and her perception on life.

SEPT 21

My initial sketch concepts are below:

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The robin

The robin is a central focal point in the book. He communicates with Mary Lennox by directing her to the key and the door to the Secret Garden.

The hidden door/keyhole

This concept could be striking as a drop cap with shrubbery and a hidden lock intertwined within the letter 'S'

Regeneration

The idea of the 'S' transforming from a garden abandoned to one that is nourished and fruitful. This also links with Mary's change in personality from rudeness to compassion.

SEPT 24

Hello again! I have decided to go with the hidden key hole concept.

Here are my working concepts in Illustrator. 

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SEPT 25

I really like the acid green colourscheme, it creates more contrast. It has a fresh feeling about it which represents new life and regeneration (key concepts to the story).

SEPT 26

I felt that I needed more detail in my leaves, so I've had another go at this and I think it adds much more definition to the design.

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I'm finding this class so inspiring. Thank you so much to Jessica for sharing this with us!

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