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).
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.
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.