Monday, July 25, 2011

Vital Signs, illustrations

24 illustrations for Tessa McWatt's novel Vital Signs.

Illustrations No. 2 and 6

The main protagonist Mike (graphic designer) is trying to communicate with his sick wife through the language of visual signs he devised. She suffered a stroke and that seems the only way to reach to her. As the novel progresses the signs, fully integrated into the plot, are becoming more expressive and intimate and less clean and universal.

Written by Tessa McWatt
Illustrated by Aleksandar Macasev
Category: Fiction
Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Random House Canada
Pub Date: July 26, 2011

Random House catalog link link


National Post
Mike’s exquisitely articulate illustrations, which are scattered throughout, make the novel a visual treat.
The Globe and Mail
These cold little graphics are usually seen on bathroom doors or traffic signs, and are rarely used to convey emotion. But it’s to illustrator Aleksandar Maćašev’s credit that he succeeds in doing so, and invests this rather sad story with much humour into the bargain.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

William S Burroughs mosaic

Lamp post near Burroughs' former residence, The Bunker, 222 Bowery, NYC.