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You Are What You Underline

The best thing about books (apart from the smell, of course) is that when a little jewel of a sentence grabs you, you can underline it. If you’ve only ever read a book on a screen (hey, it's not far off), then let me explain: Underlining something in your book is the original “interactive” media. Think of it as a hyperlink that redirects to your own thoughts, and like a hyperlink, it can leave the rest of the story behind and open up a new window of ideas, insights, musings. That’s the spirit of this series of illustrations. I took little snippets of text and ideas from some of my favorite authors (with some notable exceptions that I'm saving), and let the words be a springboard for an illustration. The illustrations incorporate and interact with the text and hopefully add up to something that engages the mind as much as the eye. The plan is to complete around 100 illustrations in a year. I've posted some of them below.  There are 24 completed, which you can see in my Etsy shop, Obvious State. I’d love to hear what you think. - Evan


Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Katherine

I love this post and those prints are amazing! I will never stop loving paperbacks, reading on screen freaks me out. Heading to your Etsy store now to have a look at what you’ve got for sale!

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Beth

LOVE, love, love this post – love the prints and completely stoked to find your book and general website loveliness. Great work by you both! :)

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Emily

I need to own all of those.

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Diane

oh, wow, these took my breathe away…each one so unique to the words….kudos!

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Margo

These are amazing and you will sell tons of them!

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Katherine

Gahhh I’m back because I had to tell you that I’ve completely fallen in love with them all!!

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by stephanie marie

These are incredible!! To an English grad student and major book nerd, these are heavenly. Going to snag some of these asap!

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Briel K.

These are great!

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by kayla @ exquisite banana

hell yeah, evan! these are awesome, and remind me why I still drop $100 at the bookstore when I could spend $0 on my ipad for the same content…only not.

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Parisian Antipodean

Wow! I love them all but think I may have to go for the Hemingway as I too, like to write while drinking.

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