Today’s Google doodle celebrating Leo Tolstoy’s 186th Birthday is absolutely gorgeous. Click the play button and dive into Leo Tolstoy’s magical world.
Below are sample images from Roman Muradov’s creation he took to create the doodle; click either image to look at his entire process.
I froze the crowd on the cover between movement and paralysis, played with less obvious links between the stories, in short tried to evoke the atmosphere of the stories without giving away too much of the narrative or details.
It seemed fitting to focus on Tolstoy’s central theme of dualism and to highlight his stylistic nuances through the rhythm of the sequences – the almost full moon against the almost starless night, the red of Anna’s handbag, Ivan’s fatal curtains that stand between him and the light of his spiritual awakening.
I hope the doodle will inspire viewers to discover and revisit these scenes in the way Tolstoy intended: through reading and rereading his timeless narratives.