The Art of the Cover

I thoroughly enjoyed the art of the cover workshop with Emily today. This is my favourite way of producing work. We were asked to bring in a variety of materials including ink, paint and different paper types in order to mass produce designs and experiment in creating a cover for our book. We began the workshop with a presentation with Emily about covers and the way designs can use the space on a page. Some of the designs we looked at encouraged me to think about the way I could represent myself as a practitioner but also how I could use the space on the page to create an aesthetically pleasing front cover. The use of shape and colour became really apparent in the examples we saw.

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In creating my own I thought about my way of working and what I enjoy. My chosen methods usually include line drawing, screen-printing, layering and colour. Therefore, I wanted this to be reflected. I enjoy using traditional materials such as paint so began by creating shapes and colour loosely on the page. I experimented with the colours that I use most such as pink, yellow and orange. I wanted my work to reflect my love of all things natural and non-digitalized therefore I was creating fairly natural and organic shapes. I carried this through to some illustrations and produced plant form illustration. I looked through some of my existing work and took some of the paper types and leftover screen prints I had available and began layering these up.

Dialogue: Using mixed media


It was really interesting approaching a variety of different techniques in one day. After the process of collecting images we continued on to look at some practitioners and collage artists to get some inspiration. We looked at the work of

George Douglas,

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George Douglas. Collage and illustration

I particularly took inspiration from his use of ripped paper and confident approach. The us of block color against black and white works beautifully and is incredibly easy on the eye.

We also looked at the work of Hannah Hock:

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Hannah Hock. Collage Portraiture

I have in fact been interested of Hannah Hock’s collage work in the past within other projects as her style automatically appeals to me. The use of surrealism works really well in her pieces.

Ladislav sutnar:

Ladislav’s work is far more minimalist, however this works really well. His use of white space adds so much to the mixed media pieces. This is a new dimension of collage that i had not thought about before.

I did feel motivated and inspired by their techniques, especially from those mentioned above.Their  use of colour and their confident approach towards a page is what captured my attention the most. I took from this that i shouldn’t hesitate and need to change my attitude towards collage and creating large quantities of tests to see what works best.