Category Archives: Book covers
Middlessex by Jeffrey Eugenides is another of my absolute favourite books. A man looks back on his childhood as a girl in suburban Detroit and on his Greek family’s history that led to his genetic quirk. I’ve been wanting to do a book cover for it for literally years but whenever I’ve sat down with my sketchbook I’ve found it inexplicably difficult to settle on the right theme or symbol. In the end though, I think it’s finally worked after I returned to the picture that kept coming back to me – one of the protagonist’s grandmother’s silkworms in its cocoon.
Again I must point out that Bloomsbury Paperbacks have not commissioned me; I did this FOR SELF-PROMOTION (and fun) ONLY.
No, I haven’t become the new favourite illustrator at Faber & Faber (yet . . .) I read ‘Housekeeping’ by Marilynne Robinson a couple of months ago and immediately decided, not only that it’s probably the most beautiful and perfect book I’ve ever read, but that I had to do some drawings for it. I’ve done a cover in the end, because I needed some practise and because I wanted to see if I could sum it all up (for myself anyway) in just one image.
I’ve kept all the blurb and publisher’s details from the copy I read for a little authenticity and so I’m hoping that if I make it very clear that THESE IMAGES ARE FOR SELF-PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY they won’t get cross and make me give them lots of monies I don’t have.