Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Curious Volume of Forgotten Lore

I recently worked on a very fun project for Source Point Press, a book titled "A Curious Volume of Forgotten Lore". This book is a small collection of some great works by Edgar Allan Poe that haven't gained the popularity that "The Raven" or "The Tell-Tale Heart" have. Trico J. Lutkins (author, Source Point founder, and dear friend of mine) hand-picked 5 of Poe's short stories and 5 of his poems for this collection, and I took on the task of gathering artists willing to do an illustration based on one of the chosen works. I immediately reached out to some of my favorite illustrators, artists whose work I respect greatly. And, of course, I did one myself, as I'm a big fan of Poe and was excited to do a piece that could capture his sense of both beauty and despair, of something both tragic and magnificent.
Trico Lutkins wrote the foreword in the book, as well as a chapter at the end titled "The Influence of Poe" with some neat informative stuff. I also included some photographs at the end of the book that I took a few years back when I traveled to Baltimore to visit Poe's gravesite.
Even if you already have everything Poe's done, this book is unique, as the art in it is the real treasure. The end result was a great lineup of artists who did some really top-notch beautiful illustrations: myself (Joshua Werner), Jason Keith Phillips, Tyler Sowles, Dan Gorman, Darcey Young, Jeff Sornig, Diana Busby (who's already done a ton of great work on other Source Point books), Summer Ketchum, and Aaron Trendy. I also designed the book cover, utilizing a Poe-inspired painting I'd already done on the front cover.

For my illustration within the book, I did a piece for the poem "The Sleeper". I love, love, love this poem, and hope I did it justice with this drawing intended to capture both elements from the poem and the spirit of the poem in one piece.

If you'd like to buy a copy of this book and support the indie endeavors of Source Point Press as they try to bring a great blend of both art and writing to the public, it's available currently on Amazon. It will soon also be available at other web retailers, including Source Point's own Storenvy site (I highly recommend following, so many cool books).
If you do purchase a book, please do me a huge favor: take a quick selfie of you with your cool new book and post it over on the Source Point Press Facebook page or the Twitter page. The people who work hard and spend money out of their own pocket to bring art & literature to you will see the picture, and man does it make them feel good. If you want to make them smile even bigger, leave a nice Amazon review, recommend it to a friend, and read it repeatedly, love it, and treasure it. :)
- J

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