First Pages Update

This is a little unnecessary and self-gratifying, but below are some of the drawings from the project I started at the outset of our travels.  These drawings are from the books:

Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)

The Great War for Civilisation (Robert Fisk)

Duck, Death and the Tulip (Wolf Erlbruch)

Gulliver’s Travels (Jonathan Swift)



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  1. #1 by achronologicalmanor on January 20, 2012 - 9:13 am

    Lovely drawings Gabrielle!
    Following on from the point Jill raised about organisation of information, do you have an ordering system or rules?

  2. #2 by Gabrielle Amodeo on January 20, 2012 - 3:04 pm

    Hi! Thanks for your comment. Yes, but only in as much as the drawings are ordered alphabetically by title within the book, and that I never draw on two sides of the same sheet of paper.
    Most of my works are based around an internal task or set of rules that I outline for myself. I kind of saw this work as being more sentimental and a little simpler than usual, so I’ve tried to let the decision making and organisation be likewise looser and based more on whims.
    When choosing the books ordinarily I would put certain guides in place (only what I’ve read, only if they are truly about travel, only if they this, only if that). This selection breaks my usual rules: I haven’t read them all (just enough of them to ascertain roughly what the theme is); they’re more generally based on change as much as travel (for example, the only travel that I understand Pip doing in Great Expectations is to London, where he undergoes his main change, coming of age); the selection includes books that give one the means of travel, albeit not travel itself (such as an instruction manual for small boat sailing).
    I’ve enjoyed the experience of breaking my own rules and that at the same time, paradoxically, new rules start to assert themselves anyway. Although you can escape the rules you know, you can’t escape all rules forever, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

  3. #3 by achronologicalmanor on January 22, 2012 - 9:28 am

    It’s good to break free sometimes! And the ultimate rule of First Pages still exists. Although admittedly I am a fan of the obscure, I like that the reader is able to build their own narrative to some extent.

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