y first assignment of this year was a book by Arathi Menon. I just got to see it fresh from the press! Written with good humour and insight, this book speaks about a woman’s journey through the end of a marriage and her route to getting back to being the person she was. I had a good time creating this with constructive feedback from the author and the Pan Macmillan team. Below is a quick look-through of the cover design’s process.
No time. Not an hour a day to think. Not two. But sometimes an extensive dip into the soul is required. Life’s waters mostly take you along. Sometimes one has to steer, shift slight directions, or gather spirit and scream down waterfalls. All quite exciting really. Here’s some sketching from some time spent lately.
At first I thought I’d do freelance work on and off to work on things which I do not get to do. But a similar conversation always follows: “Hey, I like your work. Can you do something like this for me?” “That much?” “Ok, we don’t want it to look that good. Just do anything. But can you do it fast? Really fast. We need it tomorrow. Also we can not give more than this. Out budget is only this much.” So as a solution I sometimes do work thats close to something i’ve been wanting to do as a hobby lets say. And I do it at my own pace ie reasonably fast but without any hindrance. These things are fun sometimes. I was asked if I wanted to do the illustration and then they said the masthead also could be changed! Here’s a cover that might be out soon. Which one then?Here’s what i thought absolutely failed in terms of legibility and chaos, but its got some votes?!