Five Wounds: Influences 3

An illustration from Five Wounds depicting the mystics and charlatans that gathered around the baby Gabriella (born with wings) to interpret her groans and murmurs.

This is the rough. I was reminded of a similar drawing which appears in Ralph Steadman's book 'The Big I Am', which can be seen bottom right of this webpage. Steadman was held in very high regard at the art college I attended in Northampton, the lecturer lent me Books by Steadman, and I was blown away by his illustration.

I included the monk on the right of this etching in my own illustration as a homage to Goya; one of the biggest influences stylistically on the Five Wounds illustrations. Below is a plate (a variation that did not make the final edit of the book) scripted by Jon, which references Goya's famous work "The Sleep (or Dream) of Reason Produces Monsters"


On the 'plates' we even mimicked the textures and effects of Goya's print making technique, although I used photoshop and scanned in textures I made with tea, sand and paint. Below is an enlarged section showing the result of these experiments:


Some of my textures:

Jonathan Walker has a more in depth article explaining the Goya influence on his blog entitled 'Five Wounds: Photographs and Etchings'.

'The Gospel of Bu-Ba-Baff' refers to the sounds made by the infant Gabriella which the mystics attempt to interpret. I did not at the time, but it is also a quote from Umberto Eco's novel 'The Name of the Rose'. Whilst studying illustration (almost a decade ago) I was given 'The Name of the Rose' to read and interpret as a book. The results are below. My 'art book' was influenced by illuminated manuscripts and I created these double page spreads using the program photoshop for the first time.

1 comment:

Jonathan Walker said...

The relevant quotation from 'The Name of the Rose' is this:

‘How do we know that the murderer killed Venantius because he hated Venantius? He could have killed him, rather than another, to leave a sign, to signify something else'.

‘Omnis mundi creatura, quasi liber et scriptura …’ I murmured. ‘But what would that sign be?’

‘This is what I do not know. But let us not forget that there are also signs that seem such and are instead without meaning, like blitiri or bu-ba-baff. …’

‘It would be atrocious,’ I said, ‘to kill a man in order to say bu-ba-baff!’

‘It would be atrocious’, William remarked, ‘to kill a man even to say “Credo in unum Deum”. …’