Power is an artwork by Samuel Carter Mensah, a graphic designer and typography specialist from London. This piece is inspired by Kanye West song Power and each letter was hand made to symbolize old withered gold from ancient civilizations. Enjoy.

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“He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still” - Lao Tzu

Power - Typography Illustration

Artwork I did recently. I've wanted to do this piece for a long time, pretty much ever since i heard the song which i consider is probably Kanye's best purely because of it stands for. I tried to incorporate everything power stood for including the handmade font to symbolize old withered gold, and added some visuals from the video etc. and some ancient civilizations influence. "I've seen people use power abuse power misuse and then lose power". the reason why all civilizations eventually collapse, POWER.

Visually i knew to represent Power was not an easy feat. What Power meant to a Pharaoh or an Aztec king. to really understand Power you must go back the dawns of civilization and see where it all came from in the earliest of cultures. So i began looking at old typefaces the first ever languages and noticed the forms and structures and how they in themselves symbolized power in their history and influence. What is Power? is it a million people bowing at your feet and your name being remembered forever? Or is it knowing yourself and what your own capabilities are and how to use them to your best ability?

Inspiration

Power - Typography Illustration

Power - Typography Illustration

Power - Typography Illustration

Typography Process

Power - Typography Illustration

Power - Typography Illustration

Power - Typography Illustration

Power - Typography Illustration

Power - Typography Illustration

Power - Typography Illustration

Power - Typography Illustration

Power - Typography Illustration

Power - Typography Illustration

Power - Typography Illustration

Power - Typography Illustration

Power - Typography Illustration

Background Process

Power - Typography Illustration

Power - Typography Illustration

Power - Typography Illustration

Power - Typography Illustration

Final Piece

Power - Typography Illustration

About the author of this post

My name is Paulo Canabarro, I'm a passionate freelance web designer paulocanabarro.com and enthusiastic blogger here at abduzeedo. Catch me designing Wordpress Themes. Say hello on twitter @paul0v2.