Tuesday, February 1, 2011
A Series of Fortunate Events
When I was a kid I was walking around my elementary school book fair and what to my wondering eyes should appear but a book named The Bad Beginning; here I fell in love with the book series called, A Series of Unfortunate Events by: Lemony Snicket. But what actually drew me to the book was not the title or the interesting pen name (although those ended up becoming reasons as well) but the cover illustration done by Brett Helquist.
Looking at it when I was a child I responded to the dark colors in the foreground and the sharp edges of the buildings in the back. And embarrassingly I will admit another draw was the small resemblance between the character Klaus Baudelaire and Harry Potter. Now looking at it as an adult that has gone a few years to art school I still love looking at the piece. Helquist put so much detail into the drawing that sometimes you do not even notice it at first glance.