Monday, October 22, 2012

Bleak Expectations

Constable & Robinson recently contacted me to design the upcoming hardcover adaptation of Mark Evans' Bleak Expectations – a Radio 4 comedy series which parodies the work of Charles Dickens. The story pokes fun at all the familiar stereotypes: asylum-ridden mothers, pitiful orphans, cruel headmasters, and so on.

Anyway, the book has plenty of material to work with, and the art director Sarah Castleton was very encouraging about making the cover both beautiful and funny. I did a few sketches utilizing classic motifs of victorian design, with a comedic twist and plenty of little details to look for:

The dark blue sketch was approved, with the decision to quiet down the gold decorations a bit.

And there you have it.


  1. Hey, keep this blog!
    I really enjoy all your process and results!

    Congratulations for all beautiful works!

  2. I think it's awesome exactly how it is! Thanks for sharing.