Friday, November 25, 2016

Cat's Cradle, Part 3: Cover Art

Cat's Cradle is the first of several books to resurrect the Shadow Women. Already the subjects of several zines, they appeared most notably in the vertical concertina books, Tall Tales (2013).

The new series will employ a more conventional landscape format, and unlike the previous books, which were cloth-bound, their front and back covers will be hand-painted and lettered. 

The photographs below show the cover art in progress. The covers are constructed from MDF, to which several coats of gesso were applied. Each layer was sanded with fine sandpaper to ensure a smooth surface. I've used acrylic paints for the image and text. (Click on individual images for a clearer view).

Front and back cover. Each panel measures 16.5 x 15.5 cm

Front cover (progress view) 

Back cover (progress view)

Front and back covers nearing completion