Not having the aforementioned issues, ie. time and financial restraints, or creative restraints for that matter (Lothian were fantastic in this regard), I was free to throw in extra details to the pictures, details for those who want to look for them...
I know as a child I was always absorbed by tiny details. I loved crowd scenes, like the ones Sergio Aragones used to do in Mad. I could find so many little stories happening all over the place. I remember looking through picture books that had intricate details, and sometimes being so absorbed by the little stories within the story, that the main action or story took a back seat.
Most of the details I added in these pictures are not intentionally thought out, they are mostly improvised in the painting process. Some become little continuing stories (typically with a morbid punchline), and others are inspired by old-time magicians and magicians posters, ones I discovered when researching for this book...
I am an avid fan of vintage posters (film, theatre, circus, propaganda, etc, and of course magician posters) so I acquired permission from Dover Publications to reproduce original magician posters within the art (Magic: A Picture History). Others I made up.
There's plenty more to say about this book, but I'll leave that until further down the track.
I have copies available of this book, feel free to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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