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           This is a google doodle that honors Leo Tolstoy’s 186th birthday by allowing viewers to shift through illustrations of scenes from the Russian author’s most popular novels. I admire the manner in which the project lets audiences experience Tolstoy’s novels in a new way. Instead of simply reading his text and interpreting it in their own minds, viewers can see stylized images inspired by Tolstoy’s words move before their eyes. This doodle was created by a San Francisco based illustrator by the name of Roman Muradov. Based on the blurb Muradov posted accompanying his doodle, it appears that the artist used photoshop to render his images. Unfortunately, he does not mention the type of software that he employed to animate the images and make them interactive. The only critique I have for the project is that I prefer an earlier version of Tolstoy’s portrait to the one actually included in the final product. Perhaps this tech savvy project will entice millennials to explore and read literary classics, such as War and Peace, Anna Karenina, and The Death of Ivan Ilyich, in which they would otherwise have little interest.

The Google Doodle itself can be found here.

The artist’s blurb can be found here.


Cartwright, James. “Illustration: Roman Muradov Is a Giant of Illustration with a Great Book on the Way.” It’s Nice That. N.p., 13 Dec. 2013. Web. 03 Sept. 2015.

Muradov, Roman. “Leo Tolstoy’s 186th Birthday.” Google, 9 Sept. 2014. Web. 3 Sept. 2015.



The earlier version of Tolstoy’s project not included in the final Google Doodle.