Saturday, May 23, 2015

Roots & Branches Book Cover

I recently had the privilege of designing a book cover with my daughter, Averil Harder. The book, Roots & Branches: The Symbol of the Tree in the Imagination of G.K. Chesterton is written by Deb Elkink.

You can read more about it here on the author's website in her May 22, 2015 entry:

Click here to purchase a copy of Roots & Branches:
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About the drawing itself: The original is ink and watercolour on paper and measures about 12 x 14 inches.

Although I integrated my own style, I tried to remain in keeping with the feel and colours of intaglio prints dating back to the 1800s. This being a commission for a book cover, I made sure there was room at the bottom for the print of the book name. This caused the happy accident of making the tree look grandiose, expressing both a sense of safety and intimacy. To me, the tree itself looks stayed and as if it has been there for over 100 years, confidently overlooking its valley, while the viewer nestles in under the tree.

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