A nice little project from Penguin Books in the UK, I was asked to illustrate the cover for an upcoming novel by David Bezmozgis.
I’ve included some of the sketches that didn’t make it to final - we went down a few different routes before settling on the final.
Type design and art direction by Richard Bravery
Hey! Remember those book covers that I am frequently going on about? Well if you’re in the UK and you’re so inclined then you are now able to go into shops (or Amazon if you wish) and get them.
Thanks to Penguin UK for licensing these so I can at last see them on the shelves.
Over the last (almost) two years, one of the highlights of my working life has been my ongoing collaboration with Penguin USA on the novels by John Le Carre. I have blogged a fair bit about it - have a look in the archive if you want to see some more.
This time around it’s something special (at least for me), insofar as it’s a new novel (not one from the extensive backlist I have been working through).
I can’t say a huge amount as the story itself is wrapped in secrecy, except that yes, that is the rock of Gibraltar. And that’s your lot. I’m fairly confident that much at least is in the press release, and if you want to know why it’s on the cover of the book then you’ll have to pick it up when it comes out in May (up for pre-order on amazon now). Expect at least one more blog about this when it comes out.
I’ve also posted a few sketches for directions that didn’t work out - and the rough sketch that lead to the final piece.
Two posts in one day? What witchcraft is this?
Well it’s the kind of thing that I hope I’ll be able to do a bit more from now on - but before you delete me from your dash, it wont be happening every day and in fact the only reason it’s happening today is because I got home from work to find a package from the good folk at W.W.Norton with a book inside that I illustrated the cover to about this time last year.
As you’ll be able to see from the photos it is one of the series of PG Wodehouse novels currently being reissued by Norton, each one covered by a different illustrator (some of my favorites including the masterful Tomer Hanuka and Matthew Woodson). You can find it on US shelves or Amazon now and as someone who had never read a Wodehouse until this one I can say it was a pleasant surprise and a very enjoyable read.
More book cover blogging tomorrow (and back to an old faithful…)
Sick of hearing me bang on about book covers? Then you should probably not read this post.
Once again, the good folk at Penguin (specifically Mr Paul Buckley and Gregg Kulick who art direct me and design magnificent type to sit over my drawings) have asked me to illustrate the covers in what is becoming a substantial backlist reissue of the books of John le Carre. You remember? I’ve made a few posts about them. These two (which have appeared on the coming soon section of the Penguin website, hence the blog post) will be numbers nine and ten, and there’s another couple to come as well.
Also: process sketches! Because that’s what blogs are good for. There’s some early ideas and my finished pencils for A Murder Of Quality (actually, ‘pencils’ is a misnomer, because i do everything digitally these days. But if i had been drawing by hand, this would have been the pencilled stage before i launched into colors and inks). I hope that someone finds these interesting enough to justify posting them.
These will be on sale in the summer - expect to be beaten into submission with more blogs about them (and the other two covers from this batch) when the time comes.
Earlier in the year, I was lucky enough to work with the mighty Penguin Books on a series of covers for reissues from John LeCarre’s backlist (you may have read one of my many, many blogs about them).
Well they asked me to do another an I duly obliged. Here it is. As is customary it has become my favorite (because the last thing I did is usually my favorite), but I felt like I had hit my stride when I did this one and it turned out nice.
The last in a series of seven book covers that I have done for Penguin US for their new editions of classic John Le Carre (as well as the newest novel Our Kind Of Traitor in paperback).
It’s been an awesome job to do - and this might be my favorite of the lot of them.
Here’s a little something in my ongoing (but almost finished now) work for Penguin, covering seven titles by John Le Carre. I was lucky enough to have the George Smiley vs Karla novels as part of the package that I’m illustrating and this is for the second book in the series The Honourable Schoolboy
More to come over the next few weeks…
Art Direction by Paul Buckley
Type Design by Paul Buckley and Gregg Kulick
As you might have gathered from assorted tweets and whatnot, I’m in the midst of illustrating the covers for a series of seven books from the backlist of John LeCarre, as well as his newest paperback Our Kind Of Traitor, and these are some of the sketches to show the progress of the cover.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting more of the process work as well as the final covers - enjoy!