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War and Peace

I chose War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. I read it a couple of years ago, but I really loved it. 

Here are my brain storming notes.

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I did a few initial sketches to see what worked and to get my ideas out. I decided to use the letter W.  I had an idea to use a broken china tea cup, which represented the upper class Russians in the story and their plight, but it didn't really work with the letter I chose. A few of my other ideas worked better with the letterform.

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Next I made some roughs based on the initial sketches and ideas I had.

1. Represents the Russian civilization and how it was damaged by the French, by using Russian architecture.

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2. Represents war and peace. The shadow is war and the face of the letter represents peace. The shadow is a snowy desolate land with broken trees and debris everywhere. The face is a pattern I found on an old china glass. It represents the wealth of the Russian people and their rich culture. This one can also be a play on winter and spring, with winter representing war, and spring representing peace and growth and renewal.

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3. This one is pretty self explanitory, which makes it kind of cliche, even though it looks cool.

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4.  This one is a take on a Russian letterform, wearing a Napoleonic hat and uniform. 

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I'm leaning towards doing #1 digitally. Any feedback is appreciated! Thank you!

UPDATE 12/17/15

I ended up doing #2, because I realized the first one looked kind of phallic lol. Here is the finished cover. I used more than 3 colors, so I may go back and try to get it down to 3 colors. Might work on improving my vectors and the pattern too. Now it looks like tha black is coming out from behind the letters at the top so I need to fix that too.

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