Friday, December 17, 2010

On my doorstep this morning...






I just received my complimentary copy of Great Expectations from the nice folks at Penguin Books. I did the art for the front, back, spine and cover flaps. The title lettering that looks black in the photo of the front cover is actually a shiny metallic scarlet that almost looks carved into the cover -- very striking. Thanks to Paul Buckley the designer for that touch. It's really cool.

You can go here (Paul's Flickr page) to see the art laid out flat:

6 comments:

  1. This is WONDERFUL! Great book, great artist! I'll order mine today. "Ever the best of friends, ol' Pip!"

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  2. Awesome! Did the publishers come up with the scenes for the cover, or did you pick them yourself? They're really perfect for making you want to read the story.

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  3. Thanks, everyone. Andy, I was lucky enough to be able to do the cover almost exactly as I wanted. I had read the book when I was in high school & it really made a big impression on me. It was the first time I realized that "classic literature" could actually be entertaining. (Well, to me, anyway). So I always had fond memories of the book because of that. When I got the assignment, I was happy to have a chance to read it again and I picked out all the lines from the text I wanted to illustrate.

    My first sketch had the Miss Havisham scene on the front and the graveyard scene on the back, but I was told that one of the editors preferred it the other way around. Paul Buckley, the art director, had given me complete freedom to do what I wanted (very rare indeed!) so he was apologetic about the cover switch. But it was okay with me, actually. I had just been concerned that it was more dialogue-heavy. But it's a really iconic scene, so I can see why that decision was made. Most depictions of that scene that I found just show Pip cowering in fear, so I was glad I could include his reply to Magwich, which I thought was really clever.

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