Paradise Lost by John Coleman

Classic Literature

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Design By: John Coleman
Design By: John Coleman
Artist Statement

I took a class my senior year at Texas A&M titled \'The Literature of John Milton\' and all of his works, mainly Paradise Lost, had a lasting impact on my life. As a designer/illustrator, I knew I must try to capture some of this impact. The design I am submitting is mainly a typographical piece that captures the essence of Milton’s time while paying homage to the style of his poetry - it is brilliant, full of depth and interweaving yet has a an overall cohesiveness and beauty to it. To honor the story, the illustration of this design is based on the concept that Paradise existed and was therefore found (the sunshine) before being lost (the tumultuous sea). I wanted the aesthetic of the piece to represent how I was impacted - simple and concise linework, just like his words cut straight into me. — John Coleman