I have been working on a banner for a long time now, and I’m excited to finally show it to you guys!
I’ve always wanted to make my blog more personal to Shingie and I. After all, it is our blog – but how do we distinguish ourselves from other bloggers? My answer came to me when I was showering (as do most of my good ideas): a bookshelf. When I thought of this idea, I knew I had to draw the bookshelf, and it had to be spines. There’s something incredibly beautiful about looking at book spines, and I wanted to incorporate book covers into the book spines. Also art is important to us. I love digital illustration; it used to be a big part of my life– but that’s a story for another day.
The bookshelf isn’t filled with an random assortment of books. The books above are some of Shingie and I’s favourite books. Some of Shingie’s favourites are All The King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, and Nineteen-Eighty Four by George Orwell. Every other book is my favourite, hehehe. (I’ve been bugging her for the past two weeks, “MORE BOOKS! GIMME A BOOK!” I suppose I may have to bug her more.)
The reason why it took so long for me to finish this was because I began to ran out of favourite books (and I was worried no one would really care about all the work I put in; art laife). I contemplated scraping the bottom of the barrel, and draw any book that I liked, even though it may not have qualified as a favourite. But then I thought, I still haven’t read many books – compared to most readers anyway – and I’m still in this process of discovering new books and books that I love. So the bookshelf is incomplete, as is my reading journey. Of course, as I discover more books, if they’re a favourite, I’ll add them to the shelf!
My only regret is that the original size of this banner is 1170×500, so the banner is almost twice as small than it actually is. Unfortunately, some small details that I drew in may be lost with the size, but hey, it looks acceptable to me! But in any case, here is the bookshelf (as of today) in its full size for your viewing pleasure (and for me to look back on, because I’m very vulnerable to nostalgia).
I was getting a little sick of the monotone grays and white; I was going for minimalism, but I think this blog has grown to be more than just that now. I am also thinking of drawing covers of the books I review, and include that in the review instead of the original cover. Hm, what do you guys think?
In any case, I hope you guys like the new look! Have a lovely day everyone! ♥