Category Archives: Illustration

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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Let Me Tell You A Story Illustrations

Beautiful works in progress illustrations by Kuo Kang Chen – definitely worth commissioning! These will be featured on both the cover design and internal chapter headers for Let Me Tell You a Story by Rob Parsons.

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Gilded Chalet

The Gilded Chalet PB is designed by me and the portraits are drawn by the wonderful illustrator Alan Vest. Learn more about the literary greats such as Byron, Mary Shelley and James Joyce in this book.

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The Mysterious World of Cats

This CATS book is out at the end of August. The beautiful, mysterious and wise cat is illustrated by the amazing and lovely Sandra Dieckmann. I love the final product with shimmering gold foil speckled throughout the background as well as the title.

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