This cover involved many, many pencil and ink roughs, ideas and sketches - it’s a tricky story set in 60s LA against a backdrop of the Watts race riots and the changing landscape of a teenager. But the final art for this cover has the honour of being my first created entirely on iPad Pro + Pencil.
For Houghton Miflin Harcourt/Clarion Books, NYC via @bareps

My day started with the very sad news that my longest-standing client passed away at the weekend.

I’ve been working with Hannah for ten years - since 2005 - and today was the first time I’ve received an email about a client’s death. You don’t expect it - I thought the email was announcing that she’d finally come back to work after being off for a while - and it came as a shock. To be quite honest, I’ve struggled to pull myself together all day.

The last thing I said to her was that I had lost count of how many covers I’d done for the company, and said I really must gather them up and make a poster. I said too that since she always had to chase me when I was busy, I sometimes didn’t know why she came back to me so often! She said something very kind in return, and went off on her maternity leave. 

So this afternoon despite having a zillion things to do, I put together that big poster of all those covers, and I’m only sorry I didn’t get round to it while Hannah was here, to share how many deadlines I almost didn’t make (and sometimes didn’t!) and all the lovely, varied covers I did with Hannah and her team over the years.

Thank you Hannah.

This beautiful book by Louise Hawes came out on October 15th with my illustration over a glittering night sky. Published by Simon & Schuster.

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