the Barnfield sonnets, part 1: the project book

Above: sketch for Sonnet I

Some of you have been kind enough to tell me from time to time that you enjoy glimpses into my sketchbooks. What we have here is less a sketchbook than a project book: a cheap, lined, spiral-bound exercise book into which I taped the many scrappy drawings made for an illustrated edition of Richard Barnfield’s Sonnets. (The Old Stile Press, 2001.) In some of the project book drawings I was trying out line techniques over blocks of colour. In the book this was achieved by printing each image from two relief blocks, one inked in black and the other in colour. In the project book the images are made by laying line-drawings made in ink on clear plastic, over paper worked with coloured pencils. In each instance here I’ve added an image of the page as it appeared in the finished book.

Below: the finished page

In the book the sonnets appear on the left side of each page opening. They aren’t numbered on the text pages, but the numbers appear within the illustrations. (The one above is hiding in the moon.)

Below: sketches for Sonnet II

Below: the finished page

Below: sketches for Sonnet XII

Below: the finished page

Below: sketches for Sonnet XX

Below: the finished page

Below: sketches for Sonnet XVII

Below: the finished page

Below: sketch for the Tailpiece

Below: the finished page

Below: sketch for Sonnet VII

Below: the finished page

Below: sketch for Title Page

Below: the finished page

Below: sketch for Sonnet III

Below: the finished page

Below: sketches for the cover

Below: the ‘peep-hole’ slip-case with the book within

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In part 2: the dummy copy and the book of my childhood that inspired my approach to this project. Prepare to be surprised!