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Inside Illustrations for George Orwell's 'Nineteen Eighty Four'

Inside Illustrations for George Orwell's 'Nineteen Eighty Four'

This was part of a word & image project, we had to create two double page spreads for a book, I chose 'Nineteen Eighty Four' by George Orwell, the first image when printed is cut down the middle & opens like shutters in to the longer piece (second image) of Julia in their little sanctuary above Mr Charringdon's shop; I wanted to show the contrast between the madness & chaos going on outside, & then the shabby, supposedly safe, love-den they have that makes life tolerable again. The last image is my interpretation of the final scene where Winston is sat in the cafe playing chess, drinking gin & concluding with his 'realisation' of his love for Big Brother. The colour & style was me trying to capture the feel of the book, all images are a mixture of predominantly collage, with a bit of drawing, painting, hand-rendered text & 'Letraset' transfers.

Collage illustrating the 'Hate-Week' scene from George Orwell's '1984'
Collage illustrating the final scene for George Orwell's '1984'
Collage/illustration of the room above Mr Charringdon's shop