Here's another book cover illustration I've been working on in my series of re-imagined novel covers, The Confectioners Tale by Laura Madeleine.
I really liked the idea I had when I saw this book, it was a chance to create some really beautiful food imagery – I think this was probably partly influenced by BBC's Bake Off Creme de la Creme!
I thought about how to create a really fresh and tantalising cover that would really bring out the sweet tooth in everyone who saw it. It had to reflect the quality and craftsmanship that the artisan patisserie in the book would have created, but also nod to the story – there are a few clues on there.
Set in Paris across two time periods – the early and late 1900's, it is a tale of forbidden love and the betrayal. A mysterious clue draws Petra to uncover the secrets of her Grandfather's forbidden love, with a thrilling story divided between two very different decades.
I illustrated the title typography to fit the cover as I feel this so important. As well as doing a lot of research, mainly eating cakes and watching a lot of baking, cookery, and general foodie shows on The Food Network! This did allow me to work out how each patisserie was constructed and how the finish should look. The colour scheme, is as fresh and enticing as possible - pistachio, lime, apple, vanilla, raspberry, chocolate, cherry, rose and of course lilac macarons.
Apple Dômes, vanilla slices, rose macarons, pistachio gateau, lime tart, lilac macarons, all this talk of cake is making me hungry so I'm going to have to leave it at that!
I came back from holiday to find this, what a great birthday present! I'm on page 59 of Lürzer's Archive's 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide 14/15. I'm not usually one to blow my own trumpet, but it's nice to think that from some 5,100 submissions my piece Yakuza Games was selected by the jury to be included.
For those of you who don't know about Lürzer's Archive publishes jury selected collections of the best work in illustration, advertising, photography and specials editions for categories like packaging design and automotive ads, and have been doing so since the 80's. I was really happy to be approached to submit for the 14/15 edition of the 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide, and even happier a few months later to hear that one of my pieces had been selected.
What started as a bit of fun for an image of paper scissors stone, has become my new favourite illustration! I knew the game had come from China but never realised how popular it is in Japan, which gave me a whole new tangent of ideas to bring into the piece. Sansukumi-ken (three-way deadlock), Yakuza gambling and yubitsume – the possibilities were endless …ish! It also gave me a chance to play with my love of Japanese textile print and tattoos too – a bit of contemporary illustration in a Japanese style. Jankenpon!
I am so happy to have this piece selected by Lürzer's Archive, and be in such good company amongst the 200 best illustrators worldwide today. There are some great artists up there so have a look on their website to see the whole list.
Here are some close ups:
The Plush Initiative, school for the gifted. A place where children's creativity is nurtured and allowed to blossom – aka grafitti school
James bond-inspired, bingo-themed illustration – legs eleven!
Hundreds of jelly babies and of course the big jellyfish momma drifting through the deep dark blue sea.