This will be a cover illustration for Likable Art's upcoming book that we are probably all not going to want to wait for after seeing this cover.
What is so amazing about this? The illustration is whimsical, nostalgic, playful, capturing our inner child. Everything about this image displays visibly the spirit of “wonder,” a word that reminds me of who I am and what kind of God I fell in love with as a kid.
There is so much to love about this image. These are a few that struck me:
1. The Use of Scale
The subject, a little girl in a pose of pure amazement is tiny in comparison to everything else in the image. The door, the guards and the trees around her are all about 3 times her size. This use of scale immediately returns me to the experiences of wonder I’ve had in my life, of being small before the immensity of a mountain or a massive sky full of stars.
2. The Use of Light.
The contrast between the soft blue night and the vibrant light inside the door is so mystical. It draws the viewer into this deep curiosity. What’s on the other side of the door? I NEED TO KNOW!
But seriously, Fabi, please tell me.
3. The Handlettering
The image is completed by the handlettering. It is often very difficult to add type to an image like this one, but the lettering not only fits, but adds a further whimsical expressive beauty that invites the viewer to a further reminder of the deep yearning that we all had as kids.
A Yearning for Heaven
This image ultimately reminds me of the doorway at the end of The Last Battle in the Chronicles of Narnia, the door from one world to the next. Lewis was the first one to connect my deep yearning for wonder to the desire for heaven. This image does that for me. It tells me that this world is just a shadow of something great and magical that is to come.
Keep up the good work Marie, Fabi. You’re amazing.
“These things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.” Colossians 2:13: