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!
On Monday it's Silver Surfers Day, no not the intergalactic comic book superhero. Apparently it's to celebrate the elder and more venerable generation's fast-growing uptake of web services. I don't know who made it up or if it's even real, but Plusnet and LBi asked me to design and illustrate their infographic-come-paper-doll to celebrate it.
Originally he was going to come with a range of different stylish moustaches, clothing and accessories, but they decided to concentrate on the specific items for the copy, but you never know, I may upload an updated version here with everything on it ... if I get some spare time.
Some more work I did a while back for Dark Star labelled special edition bottled ales.
We wanted to highlight the playful nature of the company along side their artisan brewing. Big hops providing a textural backdrop for some fun lettering.
This was some work I did a while back for Dark Star, They wanted some Dark Star special edition bottle labels for a new release.
We wanted to highlight the playful nature of the company along side their artisan brewing. This one was concentrating the handmade aspect of the ale of course not forgetting the hops!
Back before christmas Dark Star Brewing Co asked me to help them with their 2012 tasting notes. The brief was slim, but they didn't want to influence it too much, other than a suggestion of 70s prog rock album art.
After a lot of research and concept sketching, I came up with a heavily stylised illustrated front cover with hops of course being the over riding theme, and then went all 'alternative reality' on the inside with floating hop islands, a la Avatar, rivers of beer and a tear in the fabric of time/space.
Glad to see the finished product looks great and has been finished really nicely. Check them out in a good pub near you or at the Dark Star Brewery shop. Also keep your eyes peeled for a limited edition print run in the future, I'll obviously let you know about it here first.