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Bookshop in May 2017

I went books shopping and spotted in the Foyle’s window display These Dividing Walls hardback I designed.

It was also a part of the new titles special promotion display inside the store.

Harmless Like You paperback makes an appearance.

The hardback is also a part of the front of store display.

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Lucy Daniels and a Trio of Hope Meadows Novels

These three Hope Meadows books are based on the globally bestselling Lucy Daniels Animal Ark series. It is set in the Yorkshire countryside and makes a perfect escapism read.

I’m excited to finally share all three book cover designs which I art directed for: Summer at Hope Meadows, Christmas at Mistletoe Cottage and Springtime at Wildacre. All credit for the gorgeous illustrations and title hand lettering goes to the super talented Sara Mulvanny. I loved seeing all the extra little animals that Sara has created for each one which then continues across to the back covers. It has also been my mission to get rabbits on one of my book covers, so I am glad that the Springtime cover has three!!!

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Bookshop in February 2017

At Stanfords bookshop, we are globe trotting my book cover designs.

In Iceland, there are copies of Moonstone by Sjón. This is illustrated by the wonderfully talented Owen Gent.

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Moonstone is also proudly part of The Best of European Literature display.

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In Switzerland, there are multiple copies of The Gilded Chalet by Padraig Rooney displayed facing out in all its glory. The portraits of Byron, Mary Shelley and James Joyce are illustrated by the speedy and super talented Alan Vest. Alan also illustrates author portraits regularly for The Guardian, so it was great to have him on board with this project.

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In Russia, two of the Irina Ratushinskaya fiction collection is spotted: Grey is the Colour of Hope and In the Beginning.

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And among the Middle East and Central Asia section, The Lovers by Rod Nordland paperback edition sits beautifully.

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Bookshop in December 2016

Some more of my book cover designs spotted in various bookshops this December 2016:

The Double Life of Mistress Kit Kavanagh PB, Marina Fiorato.

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Battlefield of the Mind PB reissue, Joyce Meyer.

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Moonstone HB, Sjón, could have been the perfect Christmas present.

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The Lovers HB, Rod Nordland, in the Biography section.

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Anatomical Portrait Drawing

This week, I attended the Anatomical Portrait Drawing course at Central Saint Martins. Here are my photos documenting how the days went by. (Illustrations are tutor demonstrations, overall student works and hand outs.)

Day 1 

• Drawing the overall portrait figure.

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Day 2

• Drawing the overall portrait figure with a consideration of the anatomical structure (bones, muscles, joints).

• Drawing the the anatomy of the hands, arms and shoulders.

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Day 3

• Drawing with more freedom.

• Drawing the anatomy of the feet, legs and hips with an introduction on how to create form.

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Day 4

• Drawing the anatomy of the head, neck and spine.

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Day 5

• Drawing portraits with influences from historical paintings. Examples such as Hans Holbein and Frank Aucherbach.

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Harmless Like You – A List in Picture and Words

I was sent an email with a link to this lovely image below by illustrator Lizzy Stewart. Her interpretation of my Harmless Like You HB cover design is on the top row.

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The High Places in Print

The High Places HB is printed on uncoated stock with a subtle spot uv finish on the title, author name, shoutline and author photo.

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I chose a bold orange wibalin to tie in with the landscape but contrast lighter sky on the actual jacket.

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