On the rare occasions that I have any free time I like to give myself a little challenge or two my resigning alternative covers for some of my favourite novels. It gives me the opportunity to work out some ideas that often end up being used elsewhere. It also lets me give my typographic abilities a work out which does not happen too often when doing pure illustration or photography commissions or stock imagery. Hope you enjoy them and perhaps I will add a few more in the coming months.
2001 A Space Odyssey by Arthur C.Clarke.
I wanted to show what I consider the most iconic image of the movie, The Monolith in a suitably ethereal setting with clean typography too finish it off.
Crash by J.G.Ballard
One of the finest British writers we ever had and a sad loss to the world of publishing. One of these rare authors who inspired me in both my photography as well as my art over many, many years and still dose to this very day. Unfortunately many of his novels are about themes that many publishing houses have found difficult to display on the cover in a commercial sense so to readers like myself remain rather tame.
Not under any such pressure I tried to distill the themes of the book in my own fashion although I doubt it would find its way onto any book public book stores shelf anytime soon.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming
I suppose this will be better know to everyone from the great film. What always comes as a surprise to many is that is was penned by Ian Fleming , better know for all his James Bond novels.
I wanted a very fresh clean and simple approach with bright colours and fun typography. I choose to show just a wing and a cloud as the flying car is so symbolic of the complete book and film.
The Shining by Stephen King
There is so much strong imagery in the book and the movie adaptations that it was hard to pin point in what direction to go. Once more I went for a more graphic approach, clean lines and typography, with just a splash (no pun intended) of blood red to set thing off.