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).
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.
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.
Right, this is the last time I go on about the book covers. Honest. But I’ve had a bunch of requests for prints, so it would seem that there is some demand out there to have these illustrations in a nice permanent format to put on your walls.
So for a limited time - for I am fickle - you can get this, the cover illustration to the most recent Penguin edition of Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy by John LeCarre as a lovely signed giclee print. It’s up for sale at shop.matttaylor.co.uk (along with some other things that were there already)
That is all.
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