An imagined book cover I created for the unfinished The Silmarillin by Tolkien.
The commission was for inclusion in the title The Greatest Books You’ll Never Read by Bernard Richards.
The watercolour painting is my own creation and great to be able to use it for this cover, I felt it was a perfect fit, I just had to find a way to add the necessary text and combine the two in an appropriate and interesting way.
The book is out now in the UK and US, and actually contains a total of 7 book cover designs by me! You can see them all here.
It was harder than I imagined it would be, to find the right image. You don’t want to glorify war and you also don’t want to hide from the reality that it entails. It needs to be powerful and impactful but not too morbid and brutal on the senses and put people off. It has to capture the mood and spirit of war, all wars if possible, past and present. How do you capture the feeling of war in one encompassing image that doesn’t focus particularly on one war?? Do we feature a more relevant modern day image or an historical and nostalgic viewpoint of the topic. Should it have been something human and approachable to really draw us in and play on our emotions or something neutral and symbolic and all encompassing… it’s tricky!
Which of these one do you like, prefer most, or think works the best and why?
I’d be curious to know your thoughts!
An illustration (1 of 4) I was commissioned to create for La Montana, a range of luxury scented candles inspired by the wonderful sights and scents of Spain.
This one was called Alfredo’s Cafe – the scent is an unusual, rich, comforting blend of coffee, brandy, black tobacco, leather and incense.
See the other illustrations I created here
I was happy with how this turned out, I think it might be my favourite of them all. It’s simple but powerful and striking (even if I disapprove of smoking!), with strong bold shapes and muted but intense colours. It feels sturdy and substantial. Plus I’d certainly be interested to find out what it smells like.
Advance hand–bound copies of Evolution The Whole Story arrived in the Quintessence office and I think it looks fabulous! Do you like the cover?? The male chimpanzee photo on the front is by Brad Wilson – check out the rest of his work here, his photographs are absolutely magnificent.
It is such a momentous part of the book design process, just as exciting as it was with my first ever title. When you hold the complete book in your hand and all it’s parts come together to work in harmony, well that is the idea anyway! It’s always lovely to see soooo many months of work in the flesh finally, as long as you don’t look at it too closely and spot any mistakes…of which there are none in here, of course!
It will be published by Thames & Hudson in the UK, and is out in Sept 2015. You can pre-order your copy here now!
I’ll share with you some sample spreads shortly, to give you sneak peak at the inside!
Jacket design for the title The Perfect Library: World Culture in 123 Books, a new idea presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair back in 2012.
See the spreads I designed for this proposed title here.
Here is a menu that I designed for a wonderful wedding that took place last year which I was honoured to be a part of, in quite a big way… and that is because the client was my sister, Marian Needam, née Eeles, aka the fabulous DIY queen Knicker Elastic Fantastic!
It was a full comprehensive list of all the food and drinks provided during the day’s festivities. The main meal on the front, wine list on the back along with the late night feast of local made bread and cheese, and best of all – pavlova turned eton mess – which I can vouch for and was delicious! Marian gave me all the text and I had to make sense of it in a way that would be easy to read and understand while being visually appealing. The menu was printed back to back on lovely thick slightly textured paper and placed on the dining table in front of each guest, prior to their arrival, tucked neatly into the coral coloured napkins ready for them to peruse. Here it is in situ: Photo by Anushe Low. See more of the wonderful wedding pictures taken here, here and here. The scrumptious food was provided by Home Gurr’own
You can read more about the wedding logo which we featured on the front of the menu here.