I have been super busy this week as I prepare for something big coming up, that I will let you know about in due course. It’s an exciting time nevertheless!
Alongside this I have been very busy with commissions (what do they say about London buses?), recently completing an A2 family portrait drawing (which I gave to the customer today – woop!), and have recently completed this book cover design which I’m happy to share with you.
I was asked by Hampshire based author Piers Husband to create a book cover design and illustration for his self published book, ‘Thus Urizen Spoke: The Coin, The Raven & The Beat Of The Drum’.
It was a very enjoyable project to get my teeth into, and allowed me to illustrate a dark mood that my work doesn’t usually adventure into.
The book tells the story of James and Catherine, who live in a small village of New Cross. This village is not like any other village, where its small church had once been a place where Ancient Roman Gods have congregated. The pair discover that not all is well with the place, and are drawn into an ancient battle and an old entrance, where the story unfolds.
When Piers told me about the plot of the book, I began to think of numerous ideas for the cover. Working in my sketchbook is essential for any new project, as it gets my ideas onto paper. I worked closely with Piers to select the idea that he liked best (which is often a difficult task in itself!).
How This Book Cover Design Developed
We collectively decided to go for the thumbnail sketch that depicts a towering raven over the two small children, giving prospective readers a chilling feel about the book’s content.
I created the artwork with gouache and watercolour, that I scanned to edit digitally (which is one of my most important steps as I remove mistakes and make it look a lot better)! After the illustrations have all been created I added appropriate typography to the cover to tie it altogether.
I’m really happy with how this book cover design turned out, and you can see the entire bok cover design, sketchbook pages and moodboard below. If you want to find out more about my work, do check out my portfolio or hit up my news page!
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