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Marvin Qian

Yale CS student dabbling in design

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The Magicians by Lev Grossman

My project is for Lev Grossman's The Magicians. It's a book about a college-age student, Quentin, who ends up going to Brakebills, a college for magic, only to find out that it's extremely difficult and that magic doesn't somehow solve all of your problems.

The design's main element is the clock tree which is a magical entity from the Fillory books (a homage to the Chronicles of Narnia) within the world of The Magicians. The background has a subtle pattern which is my interpretation of the Brakebills logo. Inside the G itself is another subtle pattern of runes that points to the archaic languages one must study in order to learn magic. The pentagrams in the flourishes have signficance too, but I don't want to spoil anything =P.

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Here are some initial sketches for the G (my original idea was to split the G up into different compartments depicting different settings in the book, but it looked too cluttered).

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Finally, here are some sketches of the other components.

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