June 8th, 2010 | brainjuice
Every week or two I challenge the artists on my message board to reinvent a cover or character from the past. Usually comics-based. Lately I’ve been throwing them some weird ones. Like this:
The Yellow Book, published in London from 1894 to 1897, was a quarterly literary periodical (priced at 5s.) that lent its name to the "Yellow" 1890s. It was a leading journal of the British 1890s; to some degree associated with Aestheticism and Decadence, the magazine contained a wide range of literary and artistic genres, poetry, short stories, essays, book illustrations, portraits, and reproductions of paintings. Aubrey Beardsley was its first art editor, and he has been credited with the idea of the yellow cover, with its association with French fiction of the period.
So here’s the deal: You are an artist/designer. You have to put together the cover for VOLUME 14 of THE YELLOW BOOK. It must retain the sense of Aestheticism and Decadence, and yet be of its time.
Here’s a small selection of what I got in return. All of the rest are at the link above, and worth seeing.
And Paul Sizer: