Yet another Indiana Jones Story Grail Diary

aramis2000

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After 2 months of mostly fun and occasionally frustrating work, I finally finished my Henry Jones Story Grail Diary. This was my first foray into book binding and it proved to be challenging but rewarding.

This version is largely based on the story texts by Pascal Kurosawa (v1.12) and Mark Ritter, with some limited editing/rewriting and a few additions here and there. The leather cover was stripped from an old pair of boots :). The text was created using a computer font, but I applied a custom script to introduce random variations in letter sizes and sentence orientations, in order to make it look a little more handwritten. To make the tablet/shield rubbing, I created a 3D printable template: Grail tablet and shield rubbing template by AramisCreations. Aging was done using a spray bottly filled with a blend of strong coffee and tea.

I won’t share the source PDF here to avoid commercial misuse, but feel free to PM me if you need help for your own personal project. Many of the image sources online are no more available and sometimes it felt like an archaeological expedition to track down source material and recreate them in high definition.


Here are a few more sample pages:

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I learned a lot from this project and may someday make an improved version, but first I’m setting my sights on some other book projects such as the Necronomicon, the Red Book of Westmarch and a hand drawn Witcher bestiary.
 
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sasoz53

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After 2 months of mostly fun and occasionally frustrating work, I finally finished my Henry Jones Story Grail Diary. This was my first foray into book binding and it proved to be challenging but rewarding.

This version is largely based on the story texts by Pascal Kurosawa (v1.12) and Mark Ritter, with some limited editing/rewriting and a few additions here and there. The leather cover was stripped from an old pair of boots :). The text was created using a computer font, but I applied a custom script to introduce random variations in letter sizes and sentence orientations, in order to make it look a little more handwritten. To make the tablet/shield rubbing, I created a 3D printable template: Grail tablet and shield rubbing template by AramisCreations. Aging was done using a spray bottly filled with a blend of strong coffee and tea.

I won’t share the source PDF here to avoid commercial misuse, but feel free to PM me if you need help for your own personal project. Many of the image sources online are no more available and sometimes it felt like an archaeological expedition to track down source material and recreate them in high definition.


Here are a few more sample pages:

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I learned a lot from this project and may someday make an improved version, but first I’m setting my sights on some other book projects such as the Necronomicon, the Red Book of Westmarch and a hand drawn Witcher bestiary.
Well done a very nice diary. Love the different illustrations you have used in places. I'm still trying to make up my mind which type to do, Movie or Story Diary, also whether I should write by hand or use the computer.
I have done most of the inserts, actually got some grey paper in New Zealand a couple of days ago. I had trouble sourcing that colour. I have used all sorts of paper for the inserts all different weights.
Are you going to age the pages?
I may end up doing one of each of the diaries, just for hell of it.
Great job mate. I am very impressed.
 

aramis2000

New Member
Thank you!
If you have the time and handwriting skills, I'd definitely go for handwritten. Personally, my handwriting is not up to par however, so I opted to go with a computer font :). I may also create an additional movie/prop version at some point, but I do like how this version can actually be read cover to cover as a consistent story.
The pages have already been lightly aged, though I may work on the aging a little more here and there.
Good luck with your project and looking forward to some pics upon completion ;).
 

CDT1969

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Wonderful! How did you decide on what to include in the book? I don't recall, but I'd imagine the movie provides some visible pages, but after that... there's a lot of book to fill. Great stuff!
 

mrt88

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This is brilliant, I have just stared on my research to do my own. If mine turns out half as nice as yours I would be over the moon.
 

aramis2000

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Wonderful! How did you decide on what to include in the book? I don't recall, but I'd imagine the movie provides some visible pages, but after that... there's a lot of book to fill. Great stuff!
I've largely based the contents on Pascal Kurosawa's story text available here (though I did rework the text here and there to my liking):
 

TheOldProfessor

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After 2 months of mostly fun and occasionally frustrating work, I finally finished my Henry Jones Story Grail Diary. This was my first foray into book binding and it proved to be challenging but rewarding.

This version is largely based on the story texts by Pascal Kurosawa (v1.12) and Mark Ritter, with some limited editing/rewriting and a few additions here and there. The leather cover was stripped from an old pair of boots :). The text was created using a computer font, but I applied a custom script to introduce random variations in letter sizes and sentence orientations, in order to make it look a little more handwritten. To make the tablet/shield rubbing, I created a 3D printable template: Grail tablet and shield rubbing template by AramisCreations. Aging was done using a spray bottly filled with a blend of strong coffee and tea.

I won’t share the source PDF here to avoid commercial misuse, but feel free to PM me if you need help for your own personal project. Many of the image sources online are no more available and sometimes it felt like an archaeological expedition to track down source material and recreate them in high definition.


Here are a few more sample pages:

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I learned a lot from this project and may someday make an improved version, but first I’m setting my sights on some other book projects such as the Necronomicon, the Red Book of Westmarch and a hand drawn Witcher bestiary.
This is an outstanding job! I am attempting to put together a "hero's" IJ diary. Don't expect it to look anywhere near as good as yours. Well done!!
 

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