Thursday, November 03, 2005

Cover Page

The cover design was a well conceived idea and was painstakingly put together by two artists. Alvibest takes this opportunity to laud their efforts. We shall discuss the making of the cover design here followed by the idea behind it.
Part 1: An adult hand was placed against a graphite sheet, and white paint was used to brush-paint around it. Hence, the adult hand's outline is not well-formed but is basically white rendered as a powder effect.
Part 2: Children were provided with a lot of colours and were allowed to run amuck on chart paper. They kept stamping their hands in every colour and going pitchaack on the chart paper. Their teacher who is also a brilliant artist (she sketches, paints, etches, is into pottery, poetry and... well, you name it!) collected these and sent them over to the studio.
Part 3: The adult hand and the child hands were digitally superimposed such that a child's hand fits well into the adult hand. Four such pairs were created and the cutest little hand was placed outside all of them in the centre.

Idea behind it: The idea was laid out by the Editor who had already planned on a theme-based issue. This issue is dedicated to children, growth and innocence. What he wanted was basically what the artists have achieved. What he put in words before the image was formed, is as follows:

"What I would like to see is innocence lead by responsible maturity but not containing it or restricting it. An adult should help and guide a child in this world but essentially never bind them down to personal beliefs and philosophies. A child's hand should be in full colour, but the adult hand should be hollow. The outline of the adult shouldn't be solid, thereby allowing the child to grow out of the adult guidance into a wonderful world where responsible adults exist and are ready to help them whenever they need it. The adult hand should be in white which reflects all colours. Hence, a child is allowed to be their personal shade of yellow, red, pink or what you please. The child should be represented in bright colours and the hand should be full. That would represent the potential that each child holds. The wrist of the adult hand should be absent providing an outlet for the child as well as a personal escape for the adult. The image should represent the symbiotic relationship between a child and a mature responsible adult."

The artist felt the need to place one hand outside all adult hands and made the 4 hands direct towards that little palm in order to signify the truth that can only be found in the immense innocence and simplicity that a child represents...

Personal reflections and discussion about this cover page are welcome on this post...


Blogger Parvati said...

The content and intent of the editor's brief, the dedication of the two artists and all the children and adults involved in the execution of the concept - each and everything that went into the creation of this cover-design to its final look, moves me immensely.

I dont know whether to congratulate you all on the great work done or thank you all for allowing us to also enjoy your creativity.

My observations about the actual design:

1."The adult hand should be in white which reflects all colours" - I dont think that has been done. The adult hand distinctly looks totally black like a shadow, the spray painting or brush-painting has left the actual hand like a black shadow, and only is the outline surrounding the adult hand in white spray particles.

But inspite of this minor point I think the concept of the unobtrusive guidance of the adult is emphasized also by the almost-there but not-there shadow of a large adult hand. It does give the effect of hollowness and therefore only a light touch in the child's life.

But the other intention of the colour of the adult hand being white to indicate that all colours are contained in it has been lost I think. Am I right?

2. And the central child's hand without the any other adult hand near it, is the master stroke of the concerned artist visavis the overall theme of the issue "This issue is based on children, growth and innocence." It truly brings to focus the purity and perfection of the child's innocence when there is not even the slightest involvement of anyone else.

Final verdict - YES YES AND YES!

6:47 PM  
Blogger Eroteme said...

Dear Parvati,
Thanks for your feedback. What the Editor meant was that the adult hand needs to be hollow and done (the powder effect) in white. Not filled in white but made hollow using white. This is the problem when visual art is represented in words! :-D
I hope we didn't miss your feedback after the "Final verdict - YES YES AND YES!

7:19 PM  
Blogger Parvati said...

@eroteme: No, I had missed deleting the 'The'. And surely, even I cannot improve on a triple YES verdict!

2. Ok. I will accept your explanation for the adult hand.

3. I haven't read your alvibest archives beyond July 2005. Maybe I should read all that is written in the blog till date, and all my queries would be answered then. But before that, could you tell how I could end up reading all that is in Alvibest? What is the process?

8:05 PM  
Blogger Eroteme said...

Dear Parvati,
I am not sure what you mean when you ask "could you tell how I could end up reading all that is in Alvibest? What is the process?" Are you asking me about back issue and reading the current one? You would need to subscribe to the magazine and we should occasionally make provisions for letting subscribers download back issues. A subscriber is free to send a mail to and request a particular issue (or issues). If you are talking about the content on the blog, I suppose you merely have to click on the links! :-)

9:01 PM  
Blogger Parvati said...

How many issues have been published till now?

I don't think I am not asking about the blog. It seems to have excerpts from the contributions in the actual journal?

9:42 PM  
Blogger Parvati said...

Sorry - that should read "I dont think I am asking about the blog."

1:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The theme is simply wonderful. The portray of innocence is beautiful.Children are influenced by their parents and unless allowed to choose to decide they lose their individuality. To be innocent in this world is the toughest part and I really love this whole idea and the expression of it.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Eroteme said...

Dear Anon,
Thank you. Yes indeed, it is very difficult to be innocent! :-)

1:45 PM  

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