The 4 Agreements: 30-Day Book Illustration Challenge: Day 2

The 4 Agreements: 30-Day Book Illustration Challenge: Day 2
The Four agreements Illustration

The Four Agreements Cover Design and Illustration by Mariya K

 

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is one of my favorites.  This suggestion came from Isa GlitterGirl Isaacs and I jumped on it.  Though it’s not something I’ve thought about illustrating, it really struck home with me because of A) How much the book has effected me on a personal level and B) How interesting it would be to illustrate a philosophical concept.

The book talks about the four basic concepts you can employ in every day life to live richer, and be in harmony with the people and world around you.  It’s easy and it all makes sense, but to see it laid out like that, might be the inspiration you need right now to be a happier you.

 

The four agreements written in the illustration are:

1. Be impeccable with your word

2. Don’t Take Anything Personally

3. Don’t Make Assumptions and

4. Always do Your Best

It may not even seem immediately apparent what these have to do with being better to those around you, yourself most of all, but read the book and try it.  It might make a huge difference for you.

I still remember riding the bus to Lima Peru with my new friend Robert Nicholls while he read and told me about the benefits.  We met in a hostel in Cusco and became good friends in a short time.  I watched him maintain full calm, resolve and acceptance even in times of crises (stollen backpacks and eaten ATM cards) and was able to maintain my own.  I knew I wanted whatever he was having.  Sure enough reading that book helped me see the big picture.

 

 

22 Comments

  1. I vote this. I think you did something very challenging in illustrating something without a narrative. I also love the way it looks, and part of the way I voted was the “wall test” – would I hang it on my wall. This one is a 100% yes. FINALLY, I really liked the layering you did – it makes both the “wheel” and the man look like they are in constant motion, despite being static.

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    • I am voting for this one. For many of the same reasons Aaron mentioned. it was close between this one and Alice. But this is the one. Well done!

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      • You weren’t the only one to think that way. I think you made a great choice. Thank you for voting!

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    • You hit it on the nose in terms of the challenge here and even noticed things I didn’t intend. Thank you!

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  2. I lurrrrrv this one!

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  3. It was tough for me. I love the neuromancer, Frankenstein’s monster, and MacBeth. But this one is definitely my favorite. It was so hard to pick because they are all really wonderful!

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    • Excellent. Thank you for voting and for your help on this project, Riley!

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  4. My Fav… architectural looking!

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  5. This is my favorite!

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  6. This is my favorite!!

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  7. This was is my favorite, due to the three-dimensional nature of the quarters. It was difficult for me to choose between this one, the Brave New World, and Shakespeare.

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  8. This is my favorite

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  9. This is my favorite!

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