Sarah Kirk Illustration

Bloody Chamber Illustrations – #1

First drawings and paint sketches for ‘The Bloody Chamber’ illustration competition. Tricky combining the scene, mood and character designs together into one image for each story but so far we have…

The Bloody Chamber (Bluebeard):


The Company of Wolves (Little Red Riding Hood):


One Hundred Years of Solitude #3

Going back to the simple design, I have tried to make these final cover versions very spacious and airy to emphasise the lonely and isolated feel. Nearly finished! Just need a few little tweaks and then one of these will be winging its way to the Penguin design competition submissions folder:

One Hundred Years of Solitude (some boring covers)

So I’ve been trying to play with the idea of a lonely and/or repeating Columbian landscape for my cover, only problem is the lonelier the image is, the more boring it becomes and as I found this book so amazing and rich with themes and ideas, plain isn’t really the feel I want to give the jacket. It’s tricky though and I do like the painting work I’ve done on some of these – maybe I’ll like them a bit better tomorrow. I need a rethink but for now here are some possible developing designs:

Long Time..

Once again it has been a long while since the last post! It doesn’t help that I don’t have the internet at home at the moment, but since I’m in uni all day, every day at the moment, here’s hoping this will be the first blog of many in quick succession.

So currently halfway through designing a new cover jacket for Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’, for this year’s adult Penguin design competition, so here are some paintings showing my ideas development:

The Outsider Project

My other ongoing project at the moment is a competition from the Folio Society to draw some illustrations for this famous book:

I haven’t started anything much yet but having just finished reading it I think it should make for some interesting moody images. I read somewhere that the novel has a strong affiliation with teenage boys carrying it around to look ‘deep’, I like the idea of keeping the battered and ‘dirty old paperback’ kind of look to the illustrations. And there is a well paid commission job to finish the whole book if you win which would be amaaaaaazing!

Shelter Exhibition Launch Party

This is just a few of my favourite exhibits in the exhibition, taken from the posh launch party on Thursday night… including Amelia’s Magazine’s contribution starring Rosalie Hoskins and I!

The link for Amelia’s Magazine’s review of the exhibition:

In the end the quilt sold for £2,200 in the final silent auction! Which is brilliant and it all goes to a good cause..

5 Illustrators for Amelia's Magazine

Alexander McQueen, King of Spades

Jon Burgerman, 9 of Clubs

Rob Ryan, 7 of Hearts

Gerald Scarfe, Jack of Hearts

Nick Park, 6 of Spades

Damien Hurst, Ace of Hearts

Amelia's Magazine, 2 of Hearts

Rosalie and I with the Quilt

Me and the Quilt