Add to Collection


Book cover and end-paper illustrations for horror novel 'The Rats' by author James Herbert.
This brief required me to create contemporary illustrations for a book cover and end papers. My main focus was to create vibrant and eye catching designs that reflect the gritty and often bloody atmosphere of the horror novel. By and large a hands on project, the blood splatters were created by dropping, throwing and flicking a rag soaked in red paint at white paper. A stencil was created for the central illustration, which was then spray painted on to a worn down piece of card. Swarming rats on the end papers were created using simply pen and ink. Each element was then scanned into the computer and brought together using Photoshop to create the final, striking designs.
End paper flat artwork: