A collection of all four original stories written about Mary Poppins, coming in at 1,024 pages. This gave me a nice, wide spine with which to work so I designed the cover and the spine to have foil-stamped gold filligree. I drew the silhouette of Miss Poppins based on an illustration by Mary Shepard and stared at a few images of the London skyline and drew some rooftops as well. Designing this cover actually began with the type (tweaking a few letterforms by editing the vector outlines and then using the Bézier curves in the filligree I drew) as the title is doing a lot of heavy lifting for the cover and I wanted it to fill the space with pleasant authority.
Based on the true story of a hijacking-- told from the point of view of a fifteen-year old hostage.
Words of wisdom from Curious George! I designed the cover and interior with original H.A. Rey art.
Want to hear a little about the process? Check out the Barnes & Noble blog.
I designed the paperback cover for this 1959 original hardcover from Doubleday.
A reviewer on Goodreads said:
"You know those books that just pop out at you when you see them? The covers that are beautiful, yet you know that by looking at the synopsis, this isn’t going to be one of those flops where the cover is better than anything possible in the book?? Yeah, well, this is one of those instances. This book, despite it’s absolutely fucking gorgeous cover, doesn’t lack in depth."
:) #dang #nicecompliment
I created a photo collage/composite for this dystopian novel.
I designed the paperback cover of Nnedi Okorafor's debut novel-- created the type treatment and photo illustration.
Worked with the super talented Sammy Yuen here- he created the art for the medallions which appear on each of the three covers in the series (The Testing, Independent Study, and Graduation Day). Over the course of this series, he became a dad and still didn't miss a deadline!
Cover art by Neil Swaab.
The author gave a lovely interview about this cover.
Photo shoot by Shane Rebenschied, costume by his wife. It's always a pleasure to work with Shane!
This was the first of 4 books in this series. I commissioned Sammy Yuen to work with me for all 4 covers and carry-through the look and feel. Sammy is a great illustrator to work with and his former experience as a cover designer at Simon and Schuster totally helps with the back-and-forth process and he's wonderfully patient as we get approvals and feedback!
Credits for the cover image deserve a flap of their own! I ordered a custom necklace from Etsy ("Yup, the name is Populazzi"), then my co-worker Patrick Barry and I took photos of hair. I photoshopped it all together and realized short of making the necklace as big as something Flavor Flav would wear, the lettering was illegible. So, I sent the image to Steve Gardner at Pixelworks Studios to make the necklace really pop. Later, I heard marketing wanted this necklace for a giveaway!
Photo illustration by Shane Rebenschied.
Cover photo by Morgan Ommer.
I commissioned the UK studio, ilovedust, to design and illustrate the Ghost Huntress series. The covers are composites of photography (from a cast photo shoot) and illustration (with clues hidden within!).
It was a pleasure to design and art direct this jacket. I commissioned Helen Dardik for the cover illustration.
I commissioned one of my design heroes for this cover, Henry Sene Yee. He doesn't typically do YA covers, but his work translates! Check out the sequel, too!
Photo shoot for this cover by Pixel Works Studio. Steve Gardner sent some great casting shots and sourced this historically accurate gown (per the cover brief! All under budget!)-- all in all, a great shoot and fantastic to art direct.
The Sisters Eight! This wonderful series is illustrated inside and out by the talented Lisa K. Weber. We worked on all eight books together-- we KNOW these sisters well!
Cover art by Lisa. K. Weber.
Cover art by Lisa K. Weber.
Cover illustration by Tuesday Mourning.
Cover art by Sarajo Frieden.
Here is a cover made from a piece of chocolate bought from the candy shop down the street from the office and PhotoShop. [I didn't eat any of it due to my chocolate allergy. I did wipe off the scanner.]