Many Beautiful Things
From Executive Producer Hisao Kurosawa, (Dreams, Ran), comes the untold story of one of the world’s greatest women artists and why her name was nearly lost to history. Many Beautiful Things plunges viewers into the complex age of Victorian England to meet Lilias Trotter, a daring young woman who defied all norms by winning the favor of England’s top art critic, John Ruskin.
Official Movie Trailer, Many Beautiful Things
Behind the Scenes / Making of Interview with
Austin Daniel Blasingame – Art Director, Many Beautiful Things
A provocative journey through the process of creating a brand based on the compelling documentary film about Lilias Trotter
Above are cut out clips from inspired typography that was done by Lilias Trotter.
Below is a spread of inspiration that I used to familiarize myself with the time period vernacular.
The visual language (type & imagery) are inspired by the Victorian Era of Art History, late 1800s to early 1900s in England
"Being inspired by an artist,
and a woman of faith- was life changing."
Official Movie Poster, Many Beautiful Things
I worked really closely with Laura Waters Hinson, the director / producer of Many Beautiful Things to capture a single moment that would be compelling and and genuine in representing Lilias Trotter. She had an admirable relationship with God and by spending time with His creation she developed an amazing body of art and writing. In the creation of this film I spent a lot of time in nature which was common for me, but it had a deeper meaning as I studied her life.
The Letterhead was created to embody a soft tangible feel mixed with a subtle bit of texture keeping in mind a clean inviting space to fill with a touching message
These Cards were created to embody the heart and vision of Lilias Trotter. She was an exceptional storyteller. Each piece of artwork is an original study that Lilias did. I created a type family to compliment her artwork, Mrs Eaves was the fit here.
You can purchase these along with more of Lilias Trotter's published material here, manybeautifulthings.com/products
Animation / Concept Design
There is a beautiful moment I Designed / Animated in the film that depicts a dandelion where the Voice Over reads, "Measure thy life by loss and not by gain, Not by the wine Drunk, but by the wine poured forth, For love's strength standeth in love's sacrifice, And he who suffers most has mot to give." - Lilias Trotter