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Book cover: Alchemy of Happiness by Majnouna Book cover: Alchemy of Happiness by Majnouna
I wasn't going to start work on another cover so soon but this concept just wouldn't take no for an answer.

Print available here.

The Alchemy of Happiness (كيمياء السعادة), originally written in Persian, is the ultimate work of Persian theologian al-Ghazâli. (I haven't read it, but made a list of seminal works of literature in the Middle-East for inspiration.) This book is meant as a manual for living in accordance to sacred law (which to Ghazâli was the sunnah.) The alchemy here is "the spiritual alchemy that transforms the soul from worldliness to complete devotion to God," and thereby way results in happiness.
As an aside, both chemistry and alchemy originated in the Arab science of kimia2.

Symbolism crept into this design before I became conscious of it. I was using black, white and red as my work colors, and when it was time to choose final hues, realized that I already had there the 3 colors of alchemy (references to the stages of nigredo, rubedo, albedo). The design's very square nature at the base, turning into curves as it rises, was an intuitive decision, but as the square refers to the earth, the finite, and the circle to heaven and the infinite, this is in line with the purpose of the book. The background of Ghazâli's writings is Islamic theology and jurisprudence, hence the green, which also causes the red to fully stand out.
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milidryn Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow great stuff!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Clean and concise design work! :D
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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astarayel Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Gorgeous. Are you placing your covers on the books themselves, or are they being printed on there? Either way, the effect is pristine.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's a photoshop montage, I took a photo of a random book I had that was the right dimensions, and applied my covers on it, adding the appropriate blur and light gradient to make it look more realistic :)
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astarayel Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Very clever, it looks so realistic!!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks, it's a neat trick, visualizing it while saving me the trouble of having to print it first...
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astarayel Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Oh for sure--and it helps potential customers/clients visualize as well :)
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fawad87 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Student
wow,another beautiful composition!
they are looking like 4 Minarat(towers)
in 2 red dots are awesome,so balanced design,wonderful work....
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