Great A’Tuin, the Giant Star turtle from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. I’m sure Great A’Tuin must put on a speedburst every now and then, even if only to break the monotony of travelling peacefully through the cosmos forever. Doubt the Discworld inhabitants would be too happy about it though!
Wow, I go away from WordPress for a week or two and everything’s been moved about. Never mind, achieving my dreams of becoming an actual children’s book illustrator might not be too far away. A few weeks ago I was approached by a small publishing company who’d seen some of my work on Facebook and they’ve asked me to come up with some designs for a book jacket (and maybe some internal illustrations) for a children’s book. So I’ve been sketching ideas out, created a very rough mock up of the jacket, sent it off to them… and they love it! They’re now currently checking the initial design with the author so fingers crossed she’ll love it too and the project will be good to go!
The above illustration is a character sheet for one of the main characters, I don’t want to give too much away at the moment!
My cover design entry for the Folio Society’s Book Illustration competition 2014. The brief was to design a cover and 3 illustrations for Joseph Conrad’s book ‘Heart of Darkness’. The story focuses on a steamboat captain’s physical and psychological journey up the Congo river in search of an elusive ivory trader, revealing the despicable treatment of the native people during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
My book cover is based off a quote from the very beginning of the book:
‘It had become a place of darkness. But there was in it one river especially, a mighty big river, that you could see on the map, resembling an immense snake uncoiled, with its head in the sea, its body at rest curving afar over a vast country, and its tail lost in the depths of the land. And as I looked at the map of it in a shop window, it fascinated me as a snake would a bird…’ – page 10.
The Congo river is never actually mentioned in the book. However, the river in the book is widely presumed to be the Congo as Heart of Darkness was written based on Conrad’s own experience of the monstrosities committed in the Congo Basin. In order to illustrate this uncertainty, I had the snake on the map obscuring the words ‘Congo Free State’ and the map of Africa itself is at a tilted angle.
Unfortunately, the shortlisted entries have been announced and I’m not one of them but I’m hoping my efforts are going to pick me up some good marks at assessment time!