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):

Puss-In-Boots:

The Company of Wolves (Little Red Riding Hood):

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Three Finished Book Covers

So finally all finished for assessment! Here are my finished covers, pretty pleased with them overall:



A Thousand Splendid Suns #2

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!)



A Thousand Splendid Suns #1

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:

And below is my more simple idea about a deserted desert town, I’m quite pleased with the look of the drawing but I don’t think it encapsulates my idea so well:



Rebecca #1

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.



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 #2

So I really really need to crack these book jackets now the BBC and the Self Promo projects are both out of the way, so here is my progress on it all so far…

This work stems from a previous design, I wanted to jazz it up basically and make the cover look busier and more rich with themes and imagery. I think it is a bit too much, but here it is nonetheless: