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Seeing as my book has been inspired by Tim Burton, I would like to incorporate him directly in the book. One option was to dedicate the book to him. Personally, I don’t particularly care for the “dedicated to” page of the book. I feel that the book should be for those who read it. My solution is to have a Tim Burton quote. This will directly link him to my book.

possible appropriate quotes:

“I have a problem when people say something’s real or not real, or normal or abnormal. The meaning of those words for me is very personal and subjective. I’ve always been confused and never had a clearcut understanding of the meaning of those kinds of words.”

“One person’s crazyness is another person’s reality.”

“It’s good as an artist to always remember to see things in a new, weird way.”

“A lot of things you see as a child remain with you… you spend a lot of your life trying to recapture the experience.”

“Visions are worth fighting for. Why spend your life making someone else’s dreams?”

“It’s hard to find logic in things sometimes. That’s why I can’t analyze things too much, because it often doesn’t make much sense.”

“When it comes to art and science, people don’t like a lot of either. Instead of being open to it, they’re closed off about it.”

“I’ve always been misrepresented. You know, I could dress in a clown costume and laugh with the happy people but they’d still say I’m a dark personality.”

“People told me I couldn’t kill Nicholson, so I cast him in two roles and killed him off twice.”


Making a cover for my book.


To add colour to my book, I am making the text purple.

To get it  correct, first, I must print out a test print. Using the same paper and printer I did a sample test to see which colour best suits the look I am going for.

here is an image of the test colour page I printed


After laying out a few spread, I felt that something was missing.

A grid of course. The following is the grid I used for each page of my book.


Take a look at the before and after the layout of the first spread.






I began sketching images to compliment the text on each spread. Then I started laying out spreads.


This is the first spread of the story.

Sketching characters



Location 1: Tim Hortons [interior]
Thursday May 16, 2013 at 7:30. On campus Tim Hortons. Not much seating area, intended more as a grab and go.

List of sounds heard:
fan / air conditioning
foot steps and shuffling of feet
conversations in the distance
keys jingling
a broom brushing the floor, followed by a dust pan hitting the tile
creeky door being opened and shut
a blender
cash register beeping
pans or trays hitting each other
sipping of drinks
crumpling of a paper bag
Some sounds I may not have noticed if I was not focusing on them for this activity would be the keys jingling or the broom sweeping. Also the beeping cash register and crumpling paper bag I dont believe would have caught my attention because they are sounds I would expect to hear or are accustom to in this particular setting. The sound that stood out the most for me was the creaking door. I was loud, but what made it stand out most was that it was unexpected. Sounds like the keys, footsteps, and sipping drinks moved with the individual. It was obvious, because the sounds were louder and faded away, or were muted and as they moved closer got more clear. One of the most important sounds that goes unnoticed is the air conditioning or fan. It creates room tone. Without it, the room sounds like a big space of dead air.

Location 2: In Front of  SCAET Building [exterior]
Thursday May 16, 2013 at 7:45. On Campus, outside one of the buildings containing classrooms and a lecture hall. Buses and cars often circle the round-about located in front of the building.

List of sounds heard:
Birds chirping both near and far
chatter from a group of people
someone clapping their hands
vehicles driving by (cutting through the air)
car door sliding and swinging open and closed
car engines starting and standing
Motorcycle  engine roaring
wheels running over the uneven sidewalk
a metal object hitting the metal stair railing
air conditioning unit from a building
bikes passing by
flip flops being dragged on the cement

If I was not focusing strictly on the sounds around me, I think I would have missed the sound of the air blowing through the tires of a bike. Also, I  expect there to be sounds of cars passing by, it wouldn’t nave been so noticeable. The loud sound of a metal object hitting the metal stair railing stood out to me. I did not know what the metal object was, so my mind focused on it trying to figure out what it was. Yes there were moving sounds. They were distinguished by their gradual change in volume. Similar to the interior location there was a room tone. It was created by constant blowing air, the opposite end of a air conditioning unit, and the stop and go from the vehicles on the road located in the distance.


In a room full of people, the sounds that are further away are more muffled than those that are close. Conversations that are closer are easier to make out. The conversation happening at the opposite end of the room is more muted. The quality isn’t as sharp as the closer one. The hum of the air conditioning or fan coming from the back of the room creates a more blurred sound of all the conversations and sounds. When trying to focus on either the quiet television or a conversation in the distance the sound changed. The louder conversation, the volume seemed to decrease. It wasn’t as clear as the one close by but I was able to make out what was being said. What helped to hear the quieter sounds was when I looked at them. Visually I was able to read their lips which made the words more clear.


A sound that evokes an image

An image that evokes a sound
a camera evokes a shutter sound

A sound that provokes a feeling

A sound that provokes a thought
a large bell chiming suggests it is 12:00pm

A sound that competes with an image

A sound that works counter to an image