Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Book Covers 2011/2012

This is the beginning of a new project For Swansea Metropolitan University, a collection of book covers.

Marianne Faithfill and David Dalton's co-authored autobiography faithfull

This book is a classic. It entails all the highs and lows of Marianne's chaotic ride through the psychedelic life of the "Swinging Sixties". Her friendships with multiple celebrities of that era The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd. Then onto the dark years of the seventies to her triumph with "Broken English" in the eighties. Unlike a lot of rock stars who apollogise for their flaws Marianne shrugs and says "Well you know me Darling, I'm very selfish, I did it regardless". I have never read a book that felt so much like having a delicious gossip with a very close friend, absolute genius as of course is Marianne.

The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley

Details the life and times of pscychedelic explorer and his experiments with halucinogenics, mushrooms, LSD and Mescaline. A real boundary breaking book, the Doors took their name from this book, what better recommendation. 

Abarat, Absolute Midnight by Clive Barker

A world where time zones really take on a new meaning, an archipelago of islands that are always the same time of day. From Midnight where all dark associated beings are happiest to Noon where all the great summer things rule and back. Join Candy Quackenbush and her chums on a fun, often creepy jaunt through the Abarat.

Mater Motley, original sketch

Anyone who knows me will know that I love Clive Barker's work, his books, films and artwork all give the same feeling of luxury discomfort and tension. Am I a sick puppy? You bet! This image is my imagining of Mater Mottley, Christopher Carion's souless, evil grandmother. She takes centre stage in Absolute Midnight and she is fabulously evil. This is only my initial sketch (Above), I would like to stay true to the original colours of the Clive Barker illustration for the final piece, below...

Final Image for Abarat Book Four: Absolute Midnight

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Gone Hollywood

Gone Hollywood

Bette Davis as Baby Jane Hudson, enraptured by the doll of herself as a child

Marilyn Monroe

Lillian Gish  

Claudette Colbert

Louise Brookes

Mae West

Bette Davis

Bette Davis as Jane Hudson in
"Whatever Happened To Baby Jane ?"
Above is the initial sketch in a of designs for stamps

This is the same image cleaned up in adobe CS5. The eyes have been made smaller
and Jane now has that trapped in the headlights look that I wanted.

Joan Crawford

This is my untouched sketch of Joan Crawford as Blanche Hudson in "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane". In this scene Jane Hudson (Bette Davis) has just served Blanche her pet budgie on a bed of salad. I can only think it was the wrong dressing.

The same sketch cleaned up, once more the spotlight adds a feeling of Joan's helplessness and horror at being left in the care of her dangerous and mad sister Jane.


These sketches finally began to really work when I added them together. This is not a sceneFrom "Baby Jane", In the film Jane serves up the bird to her crippled sister and goes out of the door. She closes the door and leans against it, listening with a mischievous look on her face. Then Blanche lifts the lid of her tray and as she screams in horror we go back to Jane who rubs her hands together and gives a demented laugh as she stomps happily into her own bedroom.

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton

Initial sketch

Edited in CS5, at the moment I like the initial sketch better

Merle Oberon and Lawrence Olivier

Merle Oberon as the tragic Cathy and Lawrence Olivier as the brooding, vengeful Heathcliffe. This film although almost corny now remains an all time favourite of mine.

Kathryn Hepburn and Spencer Tracey

Nevermind what film these two stars are paired in their chemistry is always stella.

Lauren Baccall and Dick Bogart

Bogie and Baccall

What a combination. I love Lauren Baccall, in film in interviews, she is always interesting always in control, but most importantly honest and charming.
I Hope That I have caught their chemistry here.

Farrah Fawcett and Lee Majors

This is a lovely publicity shot of Farrah and Lee. They look so happy, but only months later they began divorce proceedings. Who says the camera never lies?

Scarlett O'Hara and Rhet Butler

Clarke Gable and Viviene Leigh in Gone With The Wind