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

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