Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favourite (and formative) authors, and it was such a delight to be able to do this cover for her novel The Power of Three, for Utz Books.
Here are some of the preliminary sketches: reading the book again (a lovely twisty, funny, mystical plot, with that sliding-through of perspectives DWJ does so well), getting details right, working out how I wanted to draw aspects.
Then narrowing down the cover treatment — the format had to match other cover designs, which is both a challenging and liberating consideration.
Finally, developing and refining this cover and a treatment and style that would fit the other covers (similar textures, etc).
In which it takes cutting out a surprising number of chains of paper-dolls to get just the right look.
A deceptively simple piece of a art for a very exciting new project from Serial Box!
And here are just a few of the progress stages!
I’m very excited to reveal these two covers from Corella Press for their first two editions of 19th century Australian crime and mystery.
The original designs (covers and logo) were, of course, cut-paper silhouettes, and very fiddly and gratifying they were!
These two will be launched at Avid Reader in Brisbane on 30 August 2019. The launch is free, and if you’d like to come, you can register here: https://avidreader.com.au/events/corella-press-historical-australian-crime-and-mystery
Over on Bookish.com, there is a reveal for my cover art for Kerstin Hall’s upcoming novella The Border Keeper, to be published by Tor.com. It includes a video of the art process (if you glimpse a bandage, it was from a julienne-ing incident, not the craft knife).
My latest book cover for Utz Books’s editions of Frances Hardinge’s novels (previously: The Lie Tree). This is for Cuckoo Song, a strange, wild, kind 1920s tale of fey creatures, family, and urban planning. It is available for pre-order from Utz Books here (I understand). But if that is not your language, I recommend tracking this book down in one you can read. It’s a delight.
The process, from thumbnail sketches to detailed pencils to cut paper silhouette, is shown below. The details on the original are very small — the whole piece was cut from a sheet of A3 paper, but a lot of room was taken up by vines at the bottom/top.
Do you like crime? mystery? forgotten books of the 19th century?
I’m very delighted to be involved with the cover designs for the first books of this new teaching press at UQ: Corella Press.
Corella Press is a not-for-profit small press committed to making beautiful, collectable editions of recovered Australian nineteenth-century crime and mystery stories.
Corella Press launches with Bridget’s Locket and Other Mysteries by ‘Waif Wander’ (Mary Helena Fortune). This triptych of works by a premier Australian crime writer of the nineteenth century includes Dora Carleton: A Tale of Australia, a novella published for the first time since 1866.
I will reveal more as I can. In the meantime, here is a teaser:
Tansy Rayner Roberts’s Creature Court covers have been revealed!
These city silhouettes were so much fun (and detail), and the silhouette of Aufleur, for Book 1, is at the World Fantasy art show in Baltimore right now.
If you’re at World Fantasy, the art show this year is FABULOUS. And I’ve brought a lot of original art including this one.