Friday, July 8, 2011

Awakening the Life Force

Llewellyn Books has been the introduction to esotericism for many an aspirant. Their books are usually colorfully presented and easy to read, with pretty interior illustrations as well. I got a commission to do a cover for this book on Yoga by an Indian yoga expert named Swami Rajarshi Muni, who is still alive and involved with Yoga teaching. I was given a design to work from, of a girl in the lotus position showing the esoteric energy conduits which went up the torso and spine, directed from what looks like a prostate gland (?) in her groin just above her ankle. I added the colorful "chakra" symbols in a stained-glass style.

I didn't read the book, which was published more than a year after I did the artwork. When I finally did get my copy of the book after publication, I found it unusually technical, full of elaborate Hindu doctrine and philosophy, and not at all simple for a beginner yogi to follow.

"Awakening the Life Force" cover is watercolor on illustration board, 14" x 20", January 1993. Writing, title type, etc. was added by the Llewellyn designers. Click on the picture for a larger view.

1 comment:

Tristan Alexander said...

Real book covers....would be nice!