Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Heart of Darkness

Our latest project brief was to create a front cover and 3 internal illustrations for the classic novel 'Heart of Darkness' by Joseph Conrad.
Set around 1980's, the main character Marlow recalls his 'african adventure' as a captain aboard a Belgian steamboat travelling up and down the Congo river, and the encounters he and several other crew had with different characters along the way.
The book explores the issues surrounding imperialism, as well as the oppression, power and brutality of many white company managers who traded in Africa at this particular time. It's an interesting and worthwhile read (as well as easy to get through - there are only about 90 pages in the whole novel).

Here is a front cover I came up with, and an internal illustration for a scene near the beginning.

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