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I have designed and draw the covers for all five of Gregory Maguire’s best-selling novels, beginning with Wicked. In this third novel, Lost, Maguire adapts Dickens’ ‘Scrooge’ story in the service of unsettling tale of tormented spirits and loss. I had free reign to respond visually to the author’s writing, but as always with his books, I had to design for the ‘keyhole’ jacket format. This is very challenging, as I have to choose a central element that will be showcased within the "keyhole" it has to be above the middle line, and portray something important to the story, without revealing too much. For a ‘surprise’ effect open the jacket and uncover the whole image. The larger, more important storytelling image thus has to be composed with the ‘keyhole’ element always in the same place. You’ll see in all the panel roughs here that the head of the main figure is always in the same centered spot. And the scene revealed is different from anything one could have expected from the jacket art, which is a variation on the Dickens scene in which Scrooge sees a ghostly head over his doorknocker.
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My working process for most assignments is first to read and respond to the supplied story, article, or job brief with small pencil roughs- somet Read More
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