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Written by Helena Gomes and published by Escrita Fina Edições, the book A Donzela sem Mãos e outros Contos de Fadas (The Girl Without Hands and Other Fairy Tales) is finally out.
It took me a lot of time to finish this book, way more than one could expect. Tough times. Donzela was conceived amongst many doubts about my work and profession, surviving the ups and downs of this crazy market and submerged in long periods of stress and exhaustion. Each line was a little victory and each victory was shared and cherished with the ones close to me. Many others cheered me up whenever I showed some WIP in my Instagram feed (Thank you all!). And in this whole process I could always count with my dearest friend and publisher Laura van Boeckel, who supported me since the first of my many "I won't make it thru this" calls.
The book was a huge experiment in order to find something fresh, one of my attempts to break away from my style and breathe new air. Inspired be letterpress printing and limiting myself to the use of only four colors with no variations, this book lead me to a more careful kind of planning, thinking ahead all the compositions, layers and contrasts, and looking for new colors by creating line patterns using a fixed grid and mixing them on top of other colors. A big colored puzzle.
I used everything I know about art nouveau and the 19th century fairy tale illustrations, and let some of my main inspirations come out without restrictions, combining Alphonse Mucha with Ivan Bilibin and throwing Mike Mignola on the mix just to give an edge to it all. As for concepts, I wanted to place all heroines and princesses far from what we are used to regarding fairy tales. I wanted new homes for them, placing the girls from Eastern Europe to the far Mongolia. I really believe fairy tales belong to the world and that could have happened anywhere.
The book had a small first edition and even thou its only published in Portuguese, if you want to grab a copy please send an email to the publisher. I hope someday we have editions in other languages!
Meanwhile all I can say is that I see a king coming in the horizon...
|10th Brazilian Graphic Design Biennial 2013
|AI-AP Latin American Ilustración 1