City with Сhimeras // book cover
City with Chimeras is a novel by Oles' Ilchenko
about famous architect Władysław Horodecki /1863 - 1930/.

The story is set at the beginning of XX century — building of the Costello in Kyiv. We witness Horodeckiy's plans, fears, dreams.

In my vision of the cover, I focused on different worlds described in the novel: Kyiv itself, represented by several famous buildings; a hint of Africa — Horodecki was a great hunter and he dreamed of going on a safari there; and something unspoken — snow leopard as some kind of an unresolved mystery. I wanted to combine all of them in one picture to give a time-warp sensation.


Also, on my first sketches I drew a great snake — one more very important image, — but in conclusion I've decided not to reveal it, and let the readers to figure out it's importance on their own.

Here's my first draft, some color experiments and final version of the printed book.

Enjoy!


City with Сhimeras // book cover
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City with Сhimeras // book cover

Book cover design for a Ukrainian novel "City with Chimeras" by Oles' Ilchenko.
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