Above you can find a set of book cover portfolio pieces I designed recently, specifically for children’s illustration. Originally I gathered inspiration from classic children’s literature. However, as I worked on these I found myself thinking about the books I enjoyed when I was younger, and ideas for illustrating more recent novels popped into my head.
After initially choosing Alice in Wonderland and Just So Stories as inspiration, I decided I wanted to create a book cover based on Holes by Louis Sachar. I loved this book when I was younger and it was great to bring my personal idea of the imagery to life. It was a big change for me to use such bright colours as usually I work with much more neutral tones, but I can’t picture Holes without bright yellow sand and big blue skies! You can find some more black and white illustrations for the inside of the book over on my Bright Artist page if you’re interested. There are also plenty of other scenes from the book I’d love to illustrate – the journey up the mountain and the warden’s scary nails being just two of them.
This was a great exercise as so much of my work focuses on characters and scenes, it was a lot of fun to try my hand at something a bit more design based for a change! I want to get more confident with this sort of composition and typography in particular.
I’m going to keep working on designs for book covers as inspiration strikes me – I love fiction and already have a list of books I’d really enjoy showing my interpretation of!