’Wide Sargasso Sea’ by Jean Rhys is one of my favourite novels, but all the book jackets I have seen, I don’t think do the book any justice. It’s full of beautiful imagery and a really powerful story based around the mad wife of Mr Rochester in ’Jane Eyre’. My cover, has the concept of the beauty and fragile mental state of the main female protagonist which could be broken at any moment. Many of the themes that run through the book are centred around mental health, fragility, beauty and fire. Don’t take my word for it, pick up a copy and read it for yourself, I promise you won’t be able to put it down!
So much fun painting space, however trying to get all the colours into an illustration that is in space without making it look messy was tricky…whether I have succeeded I am not sure, but I really enjoyed the process. You’ll see why I painted it…
Something I have been working on, but as of yet I can’t reveal my final solution, but here is a sneaky preview. A two layer acetate stencil to create static raindrops. A nightmare to cut out, but really fun to print.
Cold Mountain: Charles Frazier, Chapter Illustrations.
I chose a limited selection of three chapters within Cold Mountain, to illustrate as examples. In brief, my concept includes the constant referral to the crow throughout the book by both protagonists, Ada and Inman. The crow is referred to positively and negatively by both characters (hence the lower semi-circle with a distressed crow and the higher semi-circle of free flying crows to connote the positive/negative opinion) revealing the climax of the book when both characters appear together and happy-therefore a complete circle with two crows flying together.