I was going through the archive earlier, looking for something else entirely, when i came across this and thought it might be of interest.

Since 2011, i’ve been doing lots of covers for Penguin USA and their reprinting of the backlist of John Le Carre (and in the last six months they have been used in the UK too, so you can find them pretty much everywhere).

Whenever I’m working on something like this, the first stage of the project is to read the book, and then submit a bunch of sketches to see which of them stick, and that’s what I’ve got here - pretty much every sketch that got sent off for feedback. Looking back at them, there are definitely sketches I would like to finish off, and I suspect some of them will find use for something else down the line.

No real reason for posting this other than i thought some of you might be interested in the early stages of work like this, and I can’t post anything from my current projects for a little while. Hope you enjoy a peek behind the curtain!

New art coming soon.

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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.

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.

books book cover john le carre Illustration

Yup, it’s another post about those book covers. Sorry. I’ll try and keep it brief.
Don’t get me wrong, I have loved doing them but its been a shame that I have yet to see any of them on the shelves (being of course, American editions, and me all the way over in the UK and not having visited the States for a fair old while). Luckily friends have snapped pictures but it’s not quite the same.
You can probably guess where this is going then - the lovely lovely folks at Penguin UK have decided that they should be used in the UK as well. Which means that sometime this spring (i think April, but don’t quote me on that), I will be able to go into my local Waterstones and see them on the shelves. Which I am over the moon about.
Expect exciteable tweets and tumbls when this happens.

Yup, it’s another post about those book covers. Sorry. I’ll try and keep it brief.

Don’t get me wrong, I have loved doing them but its been a shame that I have yet to see any of them on the shelves (being of course, American editions, and me all the way over in the UK and not having visited the States for a fair old while). Luckily friends have snapped pictures but it’s not quite the same.

You can probably guess where this is going then - the lovely lovely folks at Penguin UK have decided that they should be used in the UK as well. Which means that sometime this spring (i think April, but don’t quote me on that), I will be able to go into my local Waterstones and see them on the shelves. Which I am over the moon about.

Expect exciteable tweets and tumbls when this happens.

books penguin lecarre uk illustration artists on tumblr spy