The author Jorge Luis Borges' writing style is often mystical, somewhat magical, and borrows heavily on the esoteric, yet many of his stories begin with apparently mundane circumstances. In the most unexpected ways, a mind-bending, strange reality unfolds from a seemingly commonplace, or at least familiar reality.
While a whimsical and complex approach to the design was what I considered at first, I instead decided that a very open and clean approach would be best. As the stories take their supernatural twists and turns, the complexity and magic is accentuated in the frequent and unexpected breaks in flow and layout that came as a result of the flow Borges' writing style.
My overall approach to the illustration was to mainly focus in on small, esoteric details from each story and bring them into focus. The illustration, however, for the short story Averroe's Search, which focuses mainly on the thoughts of a philosopher as he studies the literature of a foreign culture, I decided to draw in detail the surroundings of the room that he is in as he sits to read and the details he notices in his surroundings as he ponders a detail of abstract thought.