Filed under: FUTURE WORK | Tags: Angela Carter, Art, Birds, Book Covers, Design, Drawing, Fairy Tales, Folio Society, Illustration, Painting, Peacock, The Bloody Chamber
So am fully back home now all ready to crack on with some brand new projects!
Started this peacock painting project about a year ago and got shamefully behind on it during my 3rd uni year so I think now is the time to take it up again: https://sarahkirk.wordpress.com/2010/07/25/peacock/
Am also very excited about the new House of Illustration/Folio Society book competition, last year’s was ‘The Outsider’ by Albert Camus and I never managed to finish it completely. This year we have Angela Carter’s ‘The Bloody Chamber’ which luckily I not only own but also have already done a project on it! How useful!
My battered old copy:
Filed under: PORTFOLIO | Tags: A Thousand Splendid Suns, Afghanistan, Art, Atmosphere, Book Covers, Columbia, Countryside, Cover Art, Daphne Du Maurier, Drawing, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Graphic Design, Illustration, Khaled Hosseini, Landscapes, Literature, Novels, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Painting, Penguin, Places, Publishing, Rebecca, Typography
So finally all finished for assessment! Here are my finished covers, pretty pleased with them overall:
Filed under: SKETCHES & DEVELOPMENT | Tags: A Thousand Splendid Suns, Afghanistan Suns, Art, Book Covers, Design, Drawing, Illustration, Khaled Hosseini, Literature, Mountains, Novels, Painting, Typography
Just been tweaking the main design around a bit, I think that this is a softer and more fitting type and I think that the brown textured paper in the background brings the image together and hopefully gives a feeling of domesticity as well as something which is worn and slightly distressed. It’s been tricky sorting out the back and the spine (how do you design these?! I always find them so awkward to get right) but this is a little better for now, when I’m back at uni I’ll have to fine tune all my 3 covers so they are super polished (I wish!)
Filed under: SKETCHES & DEVELOPMENT | Tags: A Thousand Splendid Suns, Afghanistan, Art, Book Covers, Desert, Drawing, Fiction, Illustration, Khaled Hosseini, Literature, Mountains, Novels, Painting
Aaand finally, on to the last novel that I’m book cover-ing. Again, sticking with the ‘isolated landscape’ concept, but as this book is very much about a touching relationship between two women in Afghanistan, I thought there should be a bit more relationship in this one. My main idea is to have the 2 main characters Mariam and Laila integrated within the dry mountainous landscape, showing how they are negatively trapped in their culture, but also how they are positively intrinsically bonded to each other. I wanted the text to be a bit bold and imposing as a contrast but I’m not sure about it. Also not sure about the plain white background:
Filed under: SKETCHES & DEVELOPMENT | Tags: Art, Book Covers, Book Jackets, Countryside, Daphne Du Maurier, Design, Drawing, Flowers, Gothic Literature, Illustration, Ink, Literature, Manderley, Nature, Novels, Pencil, Rebecca, Woods
Started on book number 2, the classic Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. For this one, I would like to keep the same sort of feeling of loneliness and isolation, using traditional English countryside imagery but using a modern style. These covers below are a bit of a failed attempt at conveying what I want to do as they look a bit twee, but they are ok in terms of composition and imagery. The black ink and white paint image at the bottom has the kind of look I would like to use for the covers.