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Use A Brick

Use A Brick

This work explores how music and the spoken word can be used as a form of storytelling. During my final year at university I wanted to show the link between illustration and music, and demonstrate how song lyrics can construct a narrative simply and effectively. I produced several books that illustrated songs, including 'Use A Brick' by the poet Ivor Cutler. I created my own interpretation of Cutler’s poem, designing a world and characters around its narrative. Submitted here are three of the final spreads from the book.

I am interested in the subtlety and stillness of a narrative, portraying scenes where little happens. I deliberately selected 'Use A Brick' for it’s strange, sinister and ambiguous content. My work intentionally uses humour and irony to mask uneasy content or underlying dark themes. I like to find ways of making light of a dark subject, and portray this visually by using playful graphic techniques.

Spreads from an illustrated book, 'Use A Brick'. Text by Ivor Cutler.
Spreads from an illustrated book, 'Use A Brick'. Text by Ivor Cutler.
Spreads from an illustrated book, 'Use A Brick'. Text by Ivor Cutler.