A Fahrenheit 451 book cover illustration of Ray Bradbury’s classic novel. One of Haydn’s favourite books, the plot follows the protagonist, Guy Montag, a fireman, however there’s a twist. He isn’t your traditional fireman. Not putting out fires, but actually burning books. Living in an dystopian and harsh society, Montag turns from a book-burning fireman to an avid book admirer. How will Montag and his family cope under this rebel thinking pressure? In a society wanting to destroy all sources of history, facts and demands from it’s community.
The subject of the book conjures up lots of potential illustrations, ideas and artworks. With such a vivid storyline, Haydn wanted this narrative illustration to focus on the rebel that is Montag. He’s at the heart of the story, and should be at the heart of this book cover.
Basing the first stage of the project on mind-mapping, thumbnails and thinking of different ideas. Haydn centralised the concept of using a book metaphor, forming part of his fireman’s gas mask. It’s saving his life, but in contrast, it’s also a part of the regiment of the crippling society that he breathes. Concentrating on a powerful illustration with this subtle book cue acting additionally.
The bold typography of ‘Fahrenheit’ radiates from within, and warm colours adds to the feeling of fire, burning and intense pressure. The back cover is stark, with only the typography for company.
If you liked this Fahrenheit 451 book cover illustration, uncover Haydn’s map illustration for Londonist Drinks. Illustrating the Gentleman’s Clubs in and around London.