Very much a work in progress, I’ve been having a bit of fun with The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde thinking about the mirror (a major symbol in the novel) and the layers that conceal and reveal what was always in fact there:☞ Read More
One of the projects I’ve been enjoying working on lately is this cover for ‘On The Road’. I wanted to stay away from the computer for this one and after a bit of research (Pinterest ‘On The Road’ board) I realised I didn’t want to include any literal or obvious references to a road or a car and decided to focus on the idea of the journey instead. I imagine the perfect road trip can only possibly start by dropping pins on an old map and tracing the route with bright red thread so I did exactly that with type:
Final design mock-up with the ‘O’ subtly referencing a wheel and the second ‘O’ and ‘D’ road painted lines:☞ Read More
Another month, another book for The Book Cover Club.
We chose The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald and I will admit it’s been quite the challenge.
The story is so rich with symbols and double entendres that I felt I had to incorporate them in the design. I looked at Man Ray’s many surrealist experiments with photography from around the same time Fitzgerald was writing the novel and played around with my design for a couple of weeks, adding layers as I went along.
This is my first effort:
I was happy with it but at that point I was too obsessed with the book to let go. I wanted to try another approach with the all-seeing eye using Fitzgerald’s style and the over use of subordinating and complex sentences in his writing applied to the visuals. Not sure I’m making much sense here but I wanted all the elements to relate to each other combining and elongating the composition in the way words would in a long sentence.
Way out of my comfort zone but I really enjoyed working on this!☞ Read More