Recovering the Classics

Around the World in 80 Days by Carl Perks

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Artist Statement

"I found the covers generally circulated for Around the World in 80 days featuring a hot air balloon to be rather cliche. Furthermore, upon a rereading of the novel itself, I realized there was no portion of Fogg's adventure that contained a balloon at all! So I attempted to make a cover that was somewhat more modern by retaining some of the end-of-19th-century fonts and themes but tilting the alignment and flattening the illustration style. Wanting to steer clear from the hot air balloon, I illustrated the three actually used method of transportation in the book (the elephant, the train and the steam ship) and split them in ways that evoke the chaos of the journey and how plans where not adhered to along the way. Finally, I added the three main characters (Fogg, Passepartout and Aouda) as passengers on the boat, within the focal point of the cover." - Carl Perks

My name is Carl Perks and I'm a Design student at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. I'm graduating this semester and hope to start a freelance career as soon as I'm out of school.

About Recovering the Classics

Recovering the Classics is a collection of new covers for 100 of the greatest works of fiction in the public domain. Together we can help to keep these classics fresh, modern, and accessible to new generations of readers. All cover designs are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

About our Prints

Each poster is hand-printed and handled, to make sure that only the highest quality is offered and sent out. The matte paper and high quality of inks make for a vibrant image which looks great both framed, and au-naturel. Printed in Los Angeles, CA, on Epson Enhanced Matte Paper, heavyweight stock, high color gamut, using Epson UltraChrome HDR ink-jet technology. Framed posters offer the same, museum-quality printed poster, but wrapped in a protective black frame. The frame is lightweight and includes a shatter-resistant acrylite front protector, so it won't break in the mail. International orders may be subject to customs duties & taxes.




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