Monday, April 09, 2007

Spot Illustrations

Between other jobs, I've been creating illustrations for the Shaman Drum Bookshop's website. These images are meant to illustrate a number of categories of books which they sell. Figuring out what single image best depicts a topic as broad as, say, "history," is a real challenge. You want something that's iconic, but without being too cliched, which is hard enough, but more difficult is choosing something that is discernable at the small 160 pixels x 200 pixels size that is required, while suggesting the category that it accompanies.

Because of their small size, I've tried to keep the images simple. there's not a lot of detail in any of them, and they aren't really meant to be viewed any bigger than the small thumbnail size indicated.

At this point, I think I've still done less than half of them, but if you're interested in seeing what's there, then go to this page, then arrow down where it says "browse by categories, on the right hand side of the screen. Click on the various categories. The images, such as the one depicted here for "Michigan and the Great Lakes" can be seen on the right side of each category page.

While you are there, why not pick up some choice reading for yourself.

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