Tropic is an independently released novella written by emerging writer Emelio Estalez. Estalez writes visceral narratives exploring sexuality, queer culture and moral corruption. The concept of this design was driven by the stories parallel to the 1939 book 'Tropic of Capricorn'. The painted palm leaves are representative of heat, passion and the feminine. The vibrant colours and patterns are inspired by those found in nature that act as warnings of poison often found on plants and amphibians. The overall aesthetic is seductive, intoxicating and exotic.
Process shots of painting and preparing the leaves for the photoshoot.