Excited to start the new year off with a fun new project to share! I designed & illustrated the paperback cover of This Journal Belongs To Ratchet for Sourcebooks. A middle-grade novel from award-winning author Nancy Cavanaugh, it’s the empowering story of a girl trying to find her own definition of “normal”, as told through her journal of home-school assignments.
The story and format immediately inspired me, and I thought it would be a perfect design project to bring my illustration style & hand-lettering to.
The team at Sourcebooks is always really fantastic and open to my ideas, so I jumped into comps exploring a few illustrated directions. In the book, Ratchet is home-schooled by her mechanic father, whom she is embarrassed by at the start of the book but learns to appreciate & embrace. So the tools seemed like a great element to incorporate—both symbolic & representational, while lending to alot of fun graphic solutions.
They were well-received overall, but ultimately we went with the bottom left direction. A few color tweaks made it a bit more appealing to the girl audience, and I had a ball illustrating each letterform in the title. Here’s the final cover, officially on sale May 1, 2014 but available for preorder on Amazon now.
I’m thrilled to share a recent book cover series I art directed at Simon and Schuster. It’s always really fun to get to re-imagine a classic and give it a fresh new face—and this one was extra special to me because the Anne of Green Gables series is a personal childhood favorite, as my Grandmother always loved these books.
There’s always countless editions of classics like these, but the Anne books all looked so similar to me—traditional images of Anne with her long red braids. So I knew I wanted to do something very different. I adore the work of Coralie Bickford-Smith (who doesn’t!) and felt super inspired by her fresh designs for the Penguin classics (maybe it’s the Penguin-alum in me!) So, I got to thinking how I could approach this series with something more graphic, but still classic. Then I found the gorgeous work of Julene Harrison , who creates beautiful and detailed papercut illustrations—and I knew this was the solution! I was thrilled that my team at Aladdin books was whole-heartedly behind my pitch for this direction, and I really had a wonderful experience working with Julene on these. Each book in the series will feature specific elements from each story, following Anne’s adventures through the years.
These editions will print both as paperbacks and jacketed hard covers, on uncoated stock with spot UV. These new designs will roll out beginning in early 2014.