Final Pieces: King Popiel and the Mice Tower

It took me a while to recover from all the all nighters that I had to pull out in order to complete these beauties! I am really proud of myself although I wish I didn’t leave everything to the last minute.. I don’t think I will ever learn.

I have completed 5 illustrations for the exhibition, which I will speak of later in my posts so keep updated! Four of the illustrations are for the legend King Popiel and The Mice Tower, and one is Wars and Sawa that I decided to revisit from my first semester. I wasn’t sure how to proceed with posting them so I will just go through one legend at a time and then go into the detail on how the exhibition went an the process of setting it up. I will also go through designing the book

but for now…

The legend about King Popiel is very known in Poland and it goes;

Popiel was a great ruler, his castle was built near a town Kruszowica. Although he couldn’t take care of his kingdom well and wisely, and treated his civilians badly. Popiel was cruel and spent most of his time on feasts and amusements. He wouldn’t think about his people at all and did not consider their opinion. His wife had a similar attitude towards the poverty. Only the relatives of the king were worried about the fate of the residents of the kingdom, they couldn’t let all the fortune to go to waste. They decided to influence his consciousness and shortly announced a visit.

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Meanwhile Popiel’s wife plotted a sinister, cunning plan. To once and for all get rid of the arriving guests she poisoned the wine with a mixture changing anybody that has contact with it into mice.magdafinal4

The plan succeeded and soon everybody were bewildered by the poisoned liquor. When king Popiel was just about to rise another toast, the participants of the gathering started changing into mice, one by one.MAGDA FINAL2

Unaware of the enormity of what was about to happen the King and queen ran to hide at the top of their castle. The mice reached them with no trouble and soon the couple was bitten to death.

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This is how I translated the legend basing it on my memory and some resources I found and I am really happy with how it turned out. The book contains the exact same text.

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Experiments for the book design

As I have to design the book I had to produce some visual enchantments for it. I decided that ink splatters will be the most suited for the black and white design I’m going for. I want to link a little of contemporary with Gothic/vintage theme. Some of these will be used as back grounds of the pages and a front cover, and some will be cropped and pasted as if they are merging from the corners of the illustrations . Hopefully the program that I use (inDesign) will allow me to do this effectively after a couple of tutorials. I suck at Photoshop and this is worryingly similar to it… I am concerned if it will look interesting rather than like a huge mess .

I have also practised some ornaments for decorating the pages with the text. I want to put them at the bottom of paragraphs or stories and some at the corners or along the pages. Scan_20170506.jpg