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:


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

  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.

  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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