18 June 2014

Culture Shock

Watercolour and Mixed Media on Illustration Card

The inspiration for this piece was an old battered copy of the H.G. Wells novel The War of the Worlds which I found among a pile of books at a local recycling centre. The paperback had several sections missing, so the idea for this illustration came from the ruins of Wells' novel. 

Video Story and Techniques

Wells was much more than a science fiction writer. As a member of the Fabian Society, he used his novels in order to future-proof society in order to make people's expectations of the future more easily adhere with social and cultural changes as they took place. Which were designed to be taken as 'prophetic' visions of the inevitable future which were, and still are being developed by the highly influential Fabians. 

I have written a more in-depth article on H.G. Wells and his often shocking world view - taken from my book Walpurgis Night: Volume One 1919-1933 which  can be found here >>>

Close Up Detail of Book Text

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