Inferno by Colt Barron

Design By:
Colt Barron, Communication Design student at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania scheduled to graduate in 2019. I am an Illustrator, Designer, Typographer/Handletterer, and Fine Artist. I have a passion for all of the Arts & Humanities. I incorporate my philosophies and intellect into my work and wish to have my work leave my viewer contemplative.
Design By:
Colt Barron, Communication Design student at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania scheduled to graduate in 2019. I am an Illustrator, Designer, Typographer/Handletterer, and Fine Artist. I have a passion for all of the Arts & Humanities. I incorporate my philosophies and intellect into my work and wish to have my work leave my viewer contemplative.

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.

Proceeds Support:
Proceeds support DreamCorps, a social justice accelerator founded by Van Jones that advances economic, environmental, and criminal justice solutions. 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. As part of an initiative announced by the White House, we are partnering with the New York Public Library and the Digital Public Library of America to bring these amazing covers to libraries and schools nationwide.

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Artist Statement

I created a Drop Cap for my book cover because I think the concept of a Drop Cap is especially suited for the classics that only need one letter as a standalone. The literature speaks for itself and anything more would distract from the masterpiece. My forms and color palette reflect the story in its almost grotesque perfection. The blackened red metal creates an abstracted skull and the letterform of the "I" is meant to visually portray the journey from Hell all the way to paradise with a star detailing in the center. At the conclusion of every book in the divine comedy there is a sentence tying all stories together with the mentioning of stars. Visually, the slopes in the "I" letterform that compose the star are meant to embody the shapes of each dimension of Hell into Purgatory and then to Paradise. I chose to digitally vector and reflect the calligraphic image and then paint on top of it in photoshop to bevel the edge. This was meant to add a ridged and dangerous appearance resembling the black metal bars making of the gates of Hell. The blue color variation found in the actual "I" of the Drop Cap is meant to represent the Deepest pit of Hell where it is frozen solid. — Colt Barron