Paradise Lost by John Coleman

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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

John Coleman is an illustrator and designer born and raised in Texas and currently working from Corpus Christi. He went to Texas A&M University in College Station and spent summers in Colorado guiding backpacking trips in Colorado, developing a love for the outdoors that would naturally find its way into his art and illustration. And so it did when John moved to Austin in 2011 and started designing and illustrating t-shirts for apparel companies, creating logos, and crafting identities for start-ups and has recently relocated to the Texas coast in Corpus Christi. What makes his illustration and design endeavor effective is his combination of an analytical mind and a skilled hand - and the connection between the two. John worked under the tutelage of professional oil painter Kim Coulter (OPA) for a season to learn composition, color theory and the craft of plein air oil painting - that is, painting outdoors. Beyond this apprenticeship, John is entirely self-taught, though he loves to learn and is never shy to sit under the wisdom of experience and expertise. Illustration clients include Fayettechill, Howler Brothers, Young Life Camping, Clean Fun, Peach State Pride, Sendero Hat Co. and a number of exciting start-ups from apparel companies to co-working spaces. On a day-off you can find John day-tripping to a brewery, reading a sci-fi/fantasy book, or rock climbing with his wife, Kelly, and their wiener dog, Tico. You can learn more about John and his work through his Instagram account @topo_bear

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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