Wednesday, 13 March 2013
A New Cover for Institutionalised Volume 1 - Beyond the Stanford Experiment. And One or Two Other Ventures
Anyone notice a change occurring in the sidebar over the last couple of days? No? Well, it's a small thing I suppose but I finally got around to redesigning the rather bland, dire, green cover of INSTITUTIONALISED Volume 1 - BEYOND THE STANFORD EXPERIMENT. And the sidebar image now links to the LULU PDF version (I discovered it went to the print version by default - a little expensive, and few people seem to purchase the print versions of books nowadays).
I have used one of the images my friend and artistic collaborator Angela Fox created for me as the basis; originally created for what was hoped to become an illustrated version of INSTITUTIONALISED Volume3: A CONTINUUM OF DISCIPLINE it is, I think, just as relevant to certain events which unfold within the first couple of volumes. The foreground image of the stern nurse or wardress with her trusty punishment cane is of course one of my photo manipulations and helps preserve the 'ToynTanen identity' as well as differentiate it from being one of Angela Fox's own book covers. To the background computer art I have added a 'no talking' sign, the idea being to help further reinforce the sense of dark, heavy oppression and total domination I was looking for (which is also why I have kept the image rather on the dark and shadowy side - having added a background 'drop shadow' to my nurse and cane figure for that very purpose).
On another tack: I have today created a Toyntanen Flickr (Google my name on Fickr) account to hold my book cover art as well as various other images from my collections that have inspired and influenced me over the years - and also to link to Angela Fox's work, so helping stitch our two bodies of work together for increased search engine visibility. I have also added new sections to the new BEYOND THE BARRED WINDOW website, uploading over 300 images to a new section added to 'Women's Workwear' entitled 'Nylon Overalls - General' (although not all are nylon, and there are some duplicates from other sections / pages) and an incredible (and near-unmanageable) 701 images to the 'Nurse's Uniforms' section under the newly-added banner of... you've guessed it...'Nurse's Uniforms - General'. In addition to all this I am gradually improving the website's pictorial links, upgrading each to open in a new page or browser tab and am nearing the end of that phase of the project, so please let me know of any link (other than the pull-down menus) you encounter which does not open as a new page / tab; ta! Much obliged!
Finally: I have begun the work of annotating a few of the more complete / polished images Angela Fox created (some of which I have since modified) for what was planed to have become an illustrated version of A CONTINUUM OF DISCIPLINE. I am doing this for inclusion on another individual's website (of which more next time, or when the project is complete) as an extension of a few things I have started out creating on Deviant Art. But it has occurred to me that the result could be very much like a truncated version of how an illustrated or graphic novel version would have appeared, if I put my mind to it and put in a little extra work - and if nothing else it could provide a sort of side-by-side reader's companion, albeit from within the website within which it will be hosted. Interim sketchy ideas you should be able to view on my website as I go along from time to time. Whether I use captions, speech bubbles or some combination of both is at present the subject of experiment.