Saturday, 16 April 2016

Tender Morsels (book cover), oil on paper, 2008

A book cover for the novel Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan, which takes some inspiration from the Grimm fairy tale Snow White and Rose Red. I borrowed a little of the style of Arthur Rackham's classic Grimm illustrations - particularly his way of painting coral-like foliage. This is the last book cover assignment I completed, mainly as a fan of Margo's work given that I signed off from cover work a long time ago. This painting is available as a limited edition print through Books Illustrated, by request (as it is not listed online), and The Illustrationcupboard in London.

5 comments:

  1. This is one that I like very much.

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  2. One of the book cover jobs where the publisher just said 'do what you like' (it's the same editor that worked on Tales from Outer Suburbia, so we know each other well.)

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  3. cool.the girl is in a safe place... ew

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  4. Hey Shaun, just found you by chance. Great stuff - I love Rackham and two Swedish artists that did similar things: Gustaf Tenggren and John Bauer. Bauer died too young, unfortunately, but he is fantastic. Would be very interesting to see your version of some Bauer trolls :)

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