Saturday, March 11, 2006

Marquis De Sade :: Penguin Classics

Tomer :: 'The Immoral Mentors' by De Sade is hard-core. and by hard-core i mean that while two adults teach a young girl about the secrets of sex and pleasure they also teach her why rape, pedophilia, abusing the poor, choking (for arousal), murder, adultery, incest and other progressive ideas are the only true values one should live by. and that anal is always better. during this afternoon chat they are visited by guests who happily take part of a spontaneous orgy and everybody is having sex in a gazillion positions . oh i forgot, when the girl's mom shows up she gets raped and then killed. the daughter couldn't be happier. now that's a literary classic.

the cover had to be suggestive. it couldn't be too pornographic but also had to be loyal to the spirit of the text. these first two sketches are good examples of going over board, and then bellow board.



this one bellow hides more then it shows. having his hand up her dress could imply nasty things but in essence these are things that we imagine, nothing pornographic is actually drawn.

still there was a risk there, so this PG rated version was drawn, while completely loosing the soul or whatever it is that worked in the original doodle- the girl turned into wax, the man is Mr. Hyde.


the AD was super, he kept pushing me to do 'my thing'-- basically to interpret it from the guts, no pre-constructed concepts. then he went out there and got the better sketch approved. Since the cover included a back cover and two flaps there was lots of space to build a rounded atmosphere. the back cover is essentially the 'later' of the front, the front flap showcases an evil looking chandelier and the back flap has an excited horse. hoping i could get away with something slightly outrages I had the back flap and back cover create a suggestive bestiality situation that was quickly cleaned up when the horse got circumcised to the client's request


these are references i gathered during the sketch stage. i love the hair on this Victorian chick. I wanted to keep it minimal but give a good treatment to the elements that made it in. i rendered some parts with a pencil --the wood part of the coach, the hair, the wall panel. credit should be given here to the amazingly talented Zach Baldus who first showed me this technique and still doing it much better. the rest is ink.


I used these patterns (both from Dover books) to create the carpet. the red one was a tile that took most of the space. the black and white strip was the frame at the edge of the carpet- then I distorted them in perspective. the interior reference is a Boudoir, where this book takes place. i wanted to bring the warm and stuffy feel it has to the cover.

after coloring and placing the patterns. (the type design here is just some general idea i laid down-- real designers will take care of it).

this is the entire cover- the other parts had a similar treatment, some pencil, some patterns- you get the idea.

finally, I urge you to have a look at these smarter interpretations of literary classics by some of today's leading cartoonists.

85 comments:

  1. This piece is great! I love the red chick on the floor. This is the kind of books that I would buy because of the cover.

    I´m jealous of this!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Now this is covert Art.
    Amazing. All great books should get the quality you provide here.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Lovely pieces. I especially like the bold color palette.

    Nicely done!

    ReplyDelete
  4. This is great. The cover, and the insight on the process.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Extraordinary!!
    When's is out?

    ReplyDelete
  6. Everything I want to say can be encapsulated in a four letter word.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Simultaneously appealing and disturbing.
    a powerfully surreal juxtaposition of images, very unorthodox.

    A de Sade cover, what an honor!

    ReplyDelete
  8. wow, LOVE the simplicity, feels very different from your other work. very inspiring

    ReplyDelete
  9. Jack Noel2:19 AM

    This is brilliant. I love the colours- both of them!
    May I ask some technical questions?*:

    1. When putting in patterns, are you using Photoshop's pattern brush? Would you mind detailing this process slightly?

    2. When you use pencil to render areas, which is so effective, how do you exploit the rendering when colouring?

    *I guess what I really mean is: 'Will you answer them?'.

    ReplyDelete
  10. wow tomer,
    i wish i could hire you to work with me on a book.
    this is a truely amazing cover. the layout is elegent, smart and quite original. i love the horse ass on the left flap. the typography you offered is actually quite good, i think u can be a real designer.. i love it when your use of colors is minimal - it makes your work much more powerful.
    this is definitly one of my favorites - truely inspiring.

    ReplyDelete
  11. im speechless. this is so amazing.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Anonymous6:16 AM

    Sublime...

    -Kenichi.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Damask, the kind of French floral-fleur-de-lise pattern you use, is hugely in style right now in interior design. So are giant crystal chandeliers! Those rich architectural references really help set the puritanical stage for the lusty, line-drawn action (plus being right on time for fashionistas). I think the simplicity of the characters versus the luxe of the interiors is nice - it kind of says how whatever social constructs about behaviour (texture) we build up, our base instincts (line drawing) are what we're really made up of.

    Naama is right, the design is tight too. Nice work, Tomer.

    ReplyDelete
  14. aiten8:57 AM

    Really great work. Very modern. I love it. Thanks for sharing.. :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. Walker Ballantyne2:25 PM

    I LOVE THIS! It's refrences to Lautrec are gold!

    ReplyDelete
  16. these illustrations and drawings are beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Chang Park8:39 AM

    Tomer,

    Your work gets more amazing everytime I visit. Wish you were still here in NYC to visit my class again.

    best regards,

    Chang

    ReplyDelete
  18. you guys are too good!! Love the sketches. Thanks for sharing your process.

    ReplyDelete
  19. And then all those people who will buy the book because of the lovely artwork, and then try to read it, ROFL!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Noodle1:52 PM

    Your illustrations are always amazing. Especially your coloring. I know you use photoshop to color but would you mind posting more about your coloring process? Perhaps a tutorial?

    ReplyDelete
  21. Nice work and thank you for the links!
    That Burns cover is amazing!

    ReplyDelete
  22. hey thanks everybody for posting such nice comments-- not sure when the book will be out, in a few months at least I think. the patterns are applied as a layer, not a brush. once i have a patterned layer i just 'free-transform' it to fit the plane it's covering. about applying the pencil and mixing it with Photoshop- check out a great tutorial by Adi Granov here http://www.sofos.com/adi/tutorial.htm. interesting analysis erica- i did notice a Baroque revival in fashion magazines, weird. Chang- i see your student all over the place (in magazines) a really strong group of peeps. I'll try to do a tutorial soon with more focus on coloring.

    ReplyDelete
  23. how exactly do you go about coloring in photoshop? i haven't quite figure out a look that i like to my art, but i love how your final colored pieces come out.

    ReplyDelete
  24. great break down! it great to see artist is good as you are opening up and showing your process. Great work!

    ReplyDelete
  25. Lovely picture, but why place it in turn of the 20th century Victorian time, rather than the 1700's, when it was written?

    ReplyDelete
  26. not sure where you coming from yan, the text was written in the early 19th century, which is the same time period these researched interiors originate from. who's been doing your homework? ;)

    ReplyDelete
  27. This illustration is really amazing. Thanks a lot for giving us the insight on the working steps! Pierre

    ReplyDelete
  28. This is so good I want to punch you in the face and hump your leg at the same time.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Anonymous7:07 AM

    what an amazing illustration! thank you for sharing the process, it's very interesting!
    ora
    http://www.ofmuzar.com

    ReplyDelete
  30. This image is unbelievable, I love everything about it. The colors are perfect, the composition has movement (particularly that last frame) and everything in it complements everything else. I've always admired your stuff in the New Yorker, it's significant when an illustrator can make you stop and linger on an image for more then 5 seconds. If you get a chance check out the gallery on my blog, I'd love to hear what you think. Really appreciate the work you do, keep it up!

    ReplyDelete
  31. Everything on this piece is stunning, from the superb design to the delicate line work.

    You have outdone yourself here.

    And your "behind-the-scenes" account was very interesting too.

    (by the by, I LOVE that first, over-the-board sketch, that for some reason reminds me the best Kaluta)

    ReplyDelete
  32. Cant beleive how good this is? I am speechless!

    Having loved Aubrey Beardsleys work from a very early age (the porn came later) I can honestly say that this has the essence of his work but - dare I say it - is better.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Anonymous6:21 AM

    I'm no expert on art. I just enjoy the graphic novels. But I love the way the horse makes the man look even more beast-like. Lovely.

    ReplyDelete
  34. Anonymous1:59 PM

    I bought this the other day just because the cover is so beautiful (not sure if I'm ready for what's inside!)

    I was delighted to find this explanation of your process today. Wonderful work.

    ReplyDelete
  35. yowsers. i just found this and put a link on my blog. i hope you go far. that is beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  36. Eugenie8:25 PM

    I bought this book only for the cover, because the text is available online for free. It really is hands down one of the most startling and titillating covers I've seen. Plus it very accurately touches on the tone of the novel with just enough subtlety. I don't know how you did it. But I do know that it made me research your portfolio and buy the book.

    ReplyDelete
  37. I'm sorry to say that this artwork is great but totally unappropriate to Sade's text. The aesthetic is clearly "art nouveau" and XIXth century and Sade have nothing to do with this aesthetic and period of history. Of course every artist have his freedom of creativity and interpretation, but here I just find the influences used absolutely unappopriate to the text. It shows a false historical aesthetic background, and by doing that it lowers the power of the Sade's work.

    ReplyDelete
  38. Great work. Nice composition and the subject is here.

    ReplyDelete
  39. i'm both lost and found in these works. There is something horrible about them, yet i've never seen such beauty.

    ReplyDelete
  40. friggin amazing work, I'm gonna go buy this STRICTLY for the cover.

    ReplyDelete
  41. Anonymous6:24 PM

    ladyboy sex

    Very beautiful and fun loving hardcore piece of work. I really enjoyed it.

    ReplyDelete
  42. Ah, I loved this cover so much that I had to buy the book! (I was referred from the kitsune noir blog.)

    This is such wonderful work, and really inspiring. I love this style. (Not sure if the book will be as inspiring, but I guess I'll see, haha.)

    ReplyDelete
  43. welcome to the wow gold, cheap WoW Power Leveling, service site,wotlk gold buy cheap wow gold,wow gold,world of warcraft power leveling buy wow gold

    ReplyDelete
  44. A slim, wide-eyed mygamegoldwoman almost human in virbanksfeatures eyed agamegold the pair. Her nose was sharp, but very elegant. She had tbcgold a pale, trade4gamebeautiful face the color of ivory, and veryge for hair she wore a wondrous mane of downy feathers. Her gown fluttered as she walked—on two delicate worldofgolds but still sharply-taloned feet. “Awake, awake you are,” she said with a pvp365 slight frown. “You should rest, rest.” Krasus bowed to her. “I am ezmmorpg grateful for your ighey hospitality, mistress, but I am well enough to continue on9a9z now.” She cocked her head as a bird might, giving the mageltk365 a reproving look. “No, no…too soon, toogold4guild soon. Please, sit.” The duo looked around u4game and discovered that two chairs, made in the same ready4game fashion as the nest, waited behind happygolds them. Malfurion waited for Krasus, who finally nodded and sat.

    ReplyDelete
  45. When the Wow Gold wolf finally found the wow gold cheap hole in the chimney he crawled cheap wow gold down and KERSPLASH right into that kettle of water and that was cheapest wow gold the end of his troubles with the big bad wolf.

    game4power.
    The next day the Buy Wow Goldlittle pig invited hisbuy gold wow mother over . She said "You see it is just as Cheapest wow goldI told you. The way to get along in the world is to do world of warcraft gold things as well as you can." Fortunately for that little pig, he buy cheap wow gold learned that lesson. And he just wow gold lived happily ever after!.

    ReplyDelete
  46. A slim, wide-eyed mygamegoldwoman almost human in virbanksfeatures eyed agamegold the pair. Her nose was sharp, but very elegant. She had tbcgold a pale, trade4gamebeautiful face the color of ivory, and veryge for hair she wore a wondrous mane of downy feathers. Her gown fluttered as she walked—on two delicate worldofgolds but still sharply-taloned feet. “Awake, awake you are,” she said with a pvp365 slight frown. “You should rest, rest.” Krasus bowed to her. “I am ezmmorpg grateful for your ighey hospitality, mistress, but I am well enough to continue on9a9z now.” She cocked her head as a bird might, giving the mageltk365 a reproving look. “No, no…too soon, toogold4guild soon. Please, sit.” The duo looked around u4game and discovered that two chairs, made in the same ready4game fashion as the nest, waited behind happygolds them. Malfurion waited for Krasus, who finally nodded and sat.

    ReplyDelete
  47. There are several tbcgold races stand up and take the fightakgame to the demons under assault by the Legion. The races are unaligned at character mygamestock start, and can choose to become ttgaming friendly with either Horde or Alliance over the course of their careers. Faction gained belrion with one side eventually live4game causes faction loss with the other, until the character is as much Horde or Alliance as an Orc or mmopawn Human. Each race has awowgoldget starting city with 1-20 zone content.
    When you hunt, the enemies you agamegoldkill drop items, and even the most useless ones can be sold to vendors for money. Quests trade4game on the other hand give up rewards in money and items, the money gamersell part is most useful as it is usually a large sum world of warcraft rpg-tradergold. Crafting is also another alternative for earning Gold, you just choose wowpoweronany two professions and use it to gather raw materials or create gamegoodyitems which you can sell to vendors or players. Items sell egrichhigher to players since vendors have a set price and people always want to buy wow gold us ogpalat a lower price than the vendor but sell at a higher price, so there usually is a euwowgoldmiddle price world of warcraft gold. To see what the going ratemymmoshop is, type in "PC" (Price Check) in the Trade Chat window and the item you want to price check and someone should reply with the going-rate for that item

    ReplyDelete
  48. There are several tbcgold races stand up and take the fightakgame to the demons under assault by the Legion. The races are unaligned at character mygamestock start, and can choose to become ttgaming friendly with either Horde or Alliance over the course of their careers. Faction gained belrion with one side eventually live4game causes faction loss with the other, until the character is as much Horde or Alliance as an Orc or mmopawn Human. Each race has awowgoldget starting city with 1-20 zone content.
    When you hunt, the enemies you agamegoldkill drop items, and even the most useless ones can be sold to vendors for money. Quests trade4game on the other hand give up rewards in money and items, the money gamersell part is most useful as it is usually a large sum world of warcraft rpg-tradergold. Crafting is also another alternative for earning Gold, you just choose wowpoweronany two professions and use it to gather raw materials or create gamegoodyitems which you can sell to vendors or players. Items sell egrichhigher to players since vendors have a set price and people always want to buy wow gold us ogpalat a lower price than the vendor but sell at a higher price, so there usually is a euwowgoldmiddle price world of warcraft gold. To see what the going ratemymmoshop is, type in "PC" (Price Check) in the Trade Chat window and the item you want to price check and someone should reply with the going-rate for that item

    ReplyDelete
  49. There are several tbcgold races stand up and take the fightakgame to the demons under assault by the Legion. The races are unaligned at character mygamestock start, and can choose to become ttgaming friendly with either Horde or Alliance over the course of their careers. Faction gained belrion with one side eventually live4game causes faction loss with the other, until the character is as much Horde or Alliance as an Orc or mmopawn Human. Each race has awowgoldget starting city with 1-20 zone content.
    When you hunt, the enemies you agamegoldkill drop items, and even the most useless ones can be sold to vendors for money. Quests trade4game on the other hand give up rewards in money and items, the money gamersell part is most useful as it is usually a large sum world of warcraft rpg-tradergold. Crafting is also another alternative for earning Gold, you just choose wowpoweronany two professions and use it to gather raw materials or create gamegoodyitems which you can sell to vendors or players. Items sell egrichhigher to players since vendors have a set price and people always want to buy wow gold us ogpalat a lower price than the vendor but sell at a higher price, so there usually is a euwowgoldmiddle price world of warcraft gold. To see what the going ratemymmoshop is, type in "PC" (Price Check) in the Trade Chat window and the item you want to price check and someone should reply with the going-rate for that item brogameswagvaultgoldsoonoforuigxethsale

    ReplyDelete
  50. nike tnEnter the necessary language
    translation, up to 200 bytes winter, moves frequently in Chinanike chaussures showing that the deep strategy of the Chinese market. Harvard Business School, tn chaussures according to the relevant survey data show that in recent years the Chinese market three brands, Adidas, Li Ning market share at 21 percent, respectively,

    ReplyDelete
  51. Puma shoes , Ugg Boots , nike max shoes, NIKE AIR MAX TN ,nike max shoes ,PUMA CHAUSSURES, NIKE SHOX Torch ,puma Ferrari F1 ,PUMA DRIFT CATmens clothing men's sweate, cheap columbia jackets, lacoste sweater, ralph lauren polo shirts,ski clothing. Free Shipping, PayPal Payment. Enjoy your shopping experience on mensclothingstore.Us

    ReplyDelete
  52. chaussures puma stores offer you the most popular fashion shoes, including the puma basketpuma puma BanXie and shoes. All the puma product factory direct sale, special processing, create the most inexpensive puma stores.National Weather Service Meteorologist Jason puma CAT said this week's temperatures will mirror seasonable averages of highs around 71 and lows about 42 degrees ...

    ReplyDelete
  53. ralph Lauren polo shirts , Lacoste Polo Shirts, Burberry Polo Shirts.wholesale Lacoste polo shirts and polo ralph laurenwith great price. clothingol.com offers lot of 10 lacoste polo shirts and lot of 20 cheap polo shirts. clothingol.com offers classic fit polo shirts. polo clothing All our shirts made in original factory.

    ReplyDelete
  54. China Wholesale has been described as the world’s factory. This phenomenom is typified by the rise of buy products wholesalebusiness. Incredible range of products available with wholesale from china“Low Price and High Quality” not only reaches directly to their target clients worldwide but also ensures that China Wholesalers from China means margins you cannot find elsewhere and China Wholesale will skyroket your profits.

    ReplyDelete
  55. nike shoes & Puma Shoes Online- tn nike,puma shoes,puma cat, baskets cheap nike shox, air max.cheap nike shox r4 torch, cheap nike air, nike running shoes air max, puma speed and more. Paypal payment.nike running shoes Enjoy your shopping experience on Nike & Puma Shoes Online Store.

    ReplyDelete
  56. Lacoste Polo Shirts, , Burberry Polo Shirts.wholesale Lacoste polo shirts and cheap polo shirtswith great price. clothingol.com offers lot of 10ralph lauren polo lacoste polo shirts and lot of 20 Burberry Polo Shirts. clothingol.com offers classic fit polo shirts. polo clothingCheap Brand Jeans ShopMen Jeans - True Religion Jeans, burberry polo shirtsGUCCI Jeans, Levi's Jeans, D&G Jeans, RED MONKEY Jeans, Cheap JeansArmani Jeans, Diesel Jeans, Ed hardy Jeans, Evisu Jeans, Women JeansJack&Jones Jeans...

    ReplyDelete
  57. Dear friend !
    1.We can offer all kinds of wholesale watch. We offer safe delivery and best service,low price and good quality.
    2.We have excellent customer service team, which could solve online various problems about wholesale watches we provide in 24 hours.
    3.We have perfect Logistics system, which guarantees all the ordered replica watches are delivered to you in good shape as fast as possible.Communicate with us.You will be very satisfied! Hope we can do long-term business in near future.
    Welcome to our website for more details.


    wholesale watches
    replica watches

    Rolex
    Omega
    Breitling
    Tag Heuer
    Cartier
    A Lange & Sohne
    Audemars Piguet
    Baume Mercier
    Bregue
    Bvlgari
    Chopard
    Concord
    Corum
    Dior
    Gucci
    IWC watches
    Jaeger LeCoultre
    Longines
    Oris
    Patek Philippe
    Panerai
    Rado
    Raymond Weil
    Tissot watches
    Vacheron Constantin
    Zenith
    Piaget
    Louis Vuitton
    Mont Blanc
    replica watches


    Best regards! Thank you !

    ReplyDelete
  58. we have the highest quality but the lowest price fashion products wholesale from

    China.Here are the most popular China Wholesale products for all of you.You can visit
    ...................................................................

    ReplyDelete
  59. And if we are talking specifics, here, then make it a waist 33, length 30 to crease

    nicely over my square tipped Kenneth Cole Reaction vintage nubuck loafers. I also would

    like a 1.8" wide Gucci horsebit ring buckle belt the same color as the loafers.

    ..........................................................................

    ReplyDelete
  60. Enjoy your shopping experience on mensclothingus.com.You can find the father who desire

    fashionable, intellectual mens clothing simultaneouslyGod bless you!I really agree with

    your opinions.
    ..............................................................

    ReplyDelete
  61. Burberry polo shirt because of the warm clothing comfortable who gets gradually the favour of athletes idiosyncratic, again soon in the football players in the star girlfriend and music. Ed hardy clothes in Hollywood is a very popular brand hot. Want to wholesale handbags from online stores. Babolat aeropro drive Racquets is Nadal's babolat tennis racket used. In many places to be able to buy cheap tennis racquets. These cheap jacket are on sale now. the Puma basket will make you feel very relaxed when you play basketball. If you want to buy the Cheap puma shoes shoes ,you can buy them online. Burbrery Polos of in the future I’m sure. Many ed hardy shirtsdesigns are more or less the same with each other.

    ReplyDelete
  62. Anonymous8:30 PM

    Klimt? Kokoska?

    ReplyDelete
  63. wow this is really great! Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete