New year, new art!
Actually, it’s not that new seeing as I drew it in the summer, but I completely forgot to post it, and I was reminded when I saw it on a book cover the week before Christmas, so there you go.
This is for the UK edition of John le Carré’s The Night Manager, and my first original cover for the UK - all the previous covers were for Penguin USA, even though some of them have been used all over (fun fact - some will soon be seen in Korea).

New year, new art!

Actually, it’s not that new seeing as I drew it in the summer, but I completely forgot to post it, and I was reminded when I saw it on a book cover the week before Christmas, so there you go.

This is for the UK edition of John le Carré’s The Night Manager, and my first original cover for the UK - all the previous covers were for Penguin USA, even though some of them have been used all over (fun fact - some will soon be seen in Korea).

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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.

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