Its been a looong 6 weeks since ive posted up on here! Ive been beavering away in my studio on a Book Jacket for the American publisher, Simon & Schuster. Its been such a joyous project! and i’d love to share with all you guys what ive been up to… The following posts are a series of sketchbook developments of the project, starting with the initial design idea and its development into the final shabang!
I was so thrilled not only for the opportunity but also by the book. Written by british author Katherine Rundell (who was raised in Africa) The story tells of a spirited young, girl who grows up in Zimbabwe and after experiencing some major hardships has to move to London, where the world that she once knew collides with this new, and unfamiliar one in England.
The energy and imagery and emotion to this book is what got me excited and i’ve had an amazing 6 weeks developing this cover to (hopefully) best represent this beautiful book. The image above show the first idea i had and from which my final cover developed from.
I knew that i wanted a strong idea and design for the cover and liked the idea of playing with the duality within the story, London/Africa, Rural/urban, Hot/cold, Happy/sad etc…
The initial idea was to split the page up with her face and hair intertwined with the plants and natural setting of Africa at the top and her solumnity and clouds and rain of London. I knew this was the direction i wanted to go but the layout was just not right, it didnt work being all on one page. So i quickely sketched out an alternative which you can see above on the right, where i split the scenes up, africa on the front and london on the back and i knew that that was sooo much better and gave me alot more room to elaborate on the design….