Category Archives: Illustration

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night Featured in Spine Magazine

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night gets more book design/illustration love as it is featured in this week’s Spine Magazine (3rd November 2017). See the article here:

Art direction by me. Illustration and lettering by the talented Aitch.


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Christmas Books 2017

Usually, I wait until a month before Christmas to do a post on something festive related that I have worked on. But as I’ve designed a trio of books this year, I want to shamelessly share it earlier. I art directed two beautiful and glittery titles perfect for snuggling into a cosy sofa on a wintry cold day:

Christmas at Mistletoe Cottage by Lucy Daniels. Illustrated by the lovely Sara Mulvanny. This is the second book in the Hope Meadows series that follows on from Summer at Hope Meadows.

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa De La Cruz. Gorgeous illustration by Robyn Neild. This is a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with the main characters genders swapped over.

On the contrary, if you’d rather read something hauntingly spooky…I have art directed the cover for Ghosts of the Christmas Past. Illustrated by the brilliant Darren Hopes. This is a collection of chilling short stories from authors such as Neil Gaiman.

…And there is only 52 days left to Christmas!


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The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night Featured in The Bookseller

The Bookseller has highlighted The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night as part of their Cover design round-up: November 2017. The book cover was illustrated and complete with hand lettering by the very talented Aitch. Art direction by me.

Link to the article here:

The finished book is lovely – printed directly onto the fine linen, clear foil and individual short story headers also beautifully drawn by Aitch.

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Bookshop in August 2017

A bit late but here is the update of my cover designs from bookshop browsing in August. First up is Summer at Hope Meadows paperback, the final cover is complete with red foil, spot UV and emboss.

The Waking Land hardback is part of the Science Fiction & Fantasy category. Special finishes include an intricate blind spot UV of magical plants growing.


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Giant and Baby Bibles

Wowwww, my Bible cover design has been made into a giant size version too!! Looks great with so much attention to detail such as the elastic and page lines marked on the sides too.

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The Last of Summer Reading

Make the most of the last moments of summer sunshine and best accompanied with a reading of a Summer at Hope Meadows.


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Hardback to Paperback Cover Designs

Thought I would do a post on the cover design differences from hardback to paperback editions. Both the hardbacks and paperbacks displayed here, I feel that I am happy with the design outcomes whatever the changes in cover direction maybe.

Sometimes the paperback is simply a straight forward adapt of the original hardback edition. The Wild Air only has a difference in the quote used.

Other times the paperback is more or less the same design as the original edition but with a few amends. Happiness is a State of Mind paperback has been changed with the overall colours brightened, a coloured background added in and the composition has been centralised.

Similarly, When the Floods Came paperback is an amended design. It has a gradual change from dark blue to a brighter blue background colour and with the additional three quotes means also a change in composition.

In other cases the design of the paperback is completely new and fresh. The Harmless Like You paperback has a photographic and more commercial appeal compared with the delicately illustrated hardback approach.

Another example of this is the Beyond Happiness paperback, again with a photographic and more mass market appeal.

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