Book cover design | digital graphics, photocollage | 2019
During the design process I worked on several ideas for the cover, which were transforming from the initial ink drawing of the Regency Era ball scene to Jane Austen's silhouette pencil drawing in combination with other elements related to the novel. After that I worked on an illustration of a man exploring a ruined house, this time using a black sauce medium to convey the atmosphere of an abandoned place.
Finally, I came to the idea which I liked the most, because in this design I could combine the feel of elegance and destruction in one image; the ruthlessness of the senseless death of wartime and serenity of life; to show the darkness and desolation and yet the light of revival and those coming through dark times.
For this final design I collected a set of photographs with the required elements, mounted them into a digital collage, and finished the scene in sepia tones to give it the feel of time having passed.
I am very happy that this design resonated with author's vision too and hope the book will also meet its reader’s anticipation with this cover soon.
During all the process it was a big pleasure to communicate with Mr. Jones about any project details. More info about the book can be found using the links below.
Author and historian Richard Jones has dedicated his life to the research of shipwrecks and other historic disasters. Over 20 years of research has resulted in an extensive archive, published books and successful memorial campaigns. Mr Jones gives free talks at libraries and low cost paid talks at societies/clubs. Subjects include local history, heritage open days, history and forgotten disasters. He also has an extensive archive of shipwrecks, that can be applied to for free information (cover cost of photocopy and postage only); ideal for families of those lost at sea researching their family history as well as students conducting research. In 2018 he published his first historical novel and is to release his second, Austen Secret, later in 2019. Mr Jones is also a long serving member of the Royal Navy, completing all of his fundraising and research work around his military and family commitments.