in dreams…

i’d long been working on a tribute in dreams - an illustration tribute to david lynch by chris cowdrillto the works of director david lynch and i recently completed the project and so collected and printed the illustrations together in a book format. it’s titled in dreams after the roy orbison song used in blue velvet and the fact that dreams play such an important part in lynch’s work – either the dreamstate used as inspiration or as a narrative element of the film.

The covers feature a series of icons that represent dream-related items from several of the films and the images inside relate to twin peaks, mulholland drive, blue velvet, eraserhead and lost highway (the last i’ve always considered my favourite).

I made some of the images into sets of badges that i’ve put onto my etsy store along with copies of the zine. i’ve bundled the zine together with an ‘exclusive’ set of badges that feature quotations from the films. the quotations initially appear to be like positive, life-affirming memes…

‘go to sleep, everything is alright’
‘in heaven everything is fine’
‘that gum you like is going to come back in style’

…but how genuinely positive or reassuring they are is questionable when considered in the context of the films. i think this might be a little harder to get into than some of the more friendly, upbeat, smiling animal or robot work i’m used to producing – i’m not sure how well it resonates if you’re not a fan of the films themselves. to be honest i produced this work mostly just for myself. i love these films and wanted to produce a tribute to them. and i wanted my own bemused-looking henry on a badge. i’m sure there’s some more of you out there that will enjoy these – i’d love to hear what you think.

About chris cowdrill

i'm an illustrator, i do graphic design and i teach graphics at a college
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