The Dragon Kiln has been a constant source of inspiration for my drawings. I decided to put this place into the zine so people are able to share my experiences there.
I had been there many times to draw and develop composition studies of the Kiln. Here are some of the drawings that i did:
Initially, I designed the zine based on the compositions i did previously. The layout was more image-based. The overall book takes the format of a traditional Chinese scholar book.
Continuing with drawing
After doing many composition studies of the kiln, i developed a final, fully rendered drawing as the last page of the zine.
Also, i did a cover drawing of the kiln.
Designing the Cover Page
I tried out many fonts and decided to go with the more formal and bold calligraphic fonts.
As the initial layouts looking more like a photo book, i decided to include texts to the image like how Chinese landscape paintings are always accompanied by poems.
I adopted an English poem by Marcus Bussey. The poem describes the historical and cultural value of the Dragon Kiln. However, i translated the poem into Chinese for the Zine as I found Chinese was more apt for the kiln that tells the Chinese history.
In the beginning was Light!
The primordial silence was shattered
by the Big Bang
when all that is began to unfold.
After many experiments in form
Children of the Light,
In our hands Light became Fire.
Our love of Fire gave birth to Culture.
Around the campfire we gathered
to tell stories, cook food, share memories.
We tamed Fire and Fire tamed us.
The magic of Fire birthed
the alchemy of Culture,
and Culture lead to Technology as surely
as a seed becomes a tree.
From the intestines of the Fire
vessels emerged to hold our food,
to carry our drink, to cherish our Dead.
From the fiery furnace of the Dragon’s belly
came bricks to build homes, villages and cities.
As these things arose communities grew and flourished.
Just as we kindle the Dragon’s Fire
it gives birth to us
Designing the Layouts
The previous one had too much images and texts going on in a single page which did not suit the calm and serene place. I change the layout such that each page has a single image accompanying a part of the poem.
In the above image, the top page was looking too cluttered so i changed it so the left has only the text and the right was an arrangement of the compositions i did.