Hullo guys, let me introduce you to "Spell & Spindle", a middle grade novel written by Michelle Schusterman and published by Penguin Random House. I was blessed enough to be commissioned to d0 the cover & spot illustrations throughout the book. Set in the 1952, "Spell & Spindle" is a story about a child-size marionette from The Museum of Peculiar Arts called Penny, and a boy name Chance. In some magical way, things changed and they swapped souls. I love the story when I first read it, moreover because most of the scenes were set in this peculiar museum with all its oddities. It also allowed me to explore a lot of strange, yet whimsical objects & characters that I've never done before.
Here are some cover sketches for the first round submission. When I read the script, I really want to make it in black & white with only a pop of colour. I think the duo-tone-look really suits the mood of the story. When I think of that, this particular green colour become really prominent in my head. I feel that this green gives a right amount of peculiarity & weirdness to the overall look. Since it has this 50s mood in the story, I explored some options playing around with old book formats & layouts.
Here is the final cover that got chosen. In the end, we decided to have it fully coloured. Colourful, but still keep it muted enough somehow to keep the right mood of the story.
Here are the spot illustrations which you can find throughout the book. The spot illustrations will appeared on the beginning of each chapter and it represents most of the interesting oddities that you can find in The Museum of Peculiar Arts in the story...