Maya Walker DESIGN book covers Maya Walker DESIGN book covers, 'The Lovely Bones' Maya Walker DESIGN book covers, 'The Lovely Bones' Maya Walker DESIGN book covers, 'Iguana Love' Maya Walker DESIGN book covers, 'The Dark Is Rising'

Book Covers

Redesign of a number of popular novels featuring custom or hand drawn letterforms. Each cover uses typography as the primary storytelling tool.

The Lovely Bones

This cover reflects the title, but also themes in the book; bones are a signifier of death and vulnerability. At a quick glance the title appears to be a standard serif typeface, however closer examination reveals each letter has been constructed from bones. These were all hand drawn using graphite on paper.

Iguana Love

Based on the story of a young Miami nurse who turns to drugs, and relationships with all the wrong people, this novel is true noir fiction. Rather than draw with pencils or create a vector, I drew with light. By using light in conjuction with printed transparencies, I grew shadows and shapes to photograph.

The Dark Is Rising

Where fantasy books are so often over-digitised mass-produced works, I wanted something simple and striking. My initial research included looking at Edgar Allan Poe's work 'The Raven' and the imagery that surrounds the poem. I combined bird forms with a serif typeface to reference old books, and the traditions of early typesetting. This evolved into an anamorphic typography treatment. Using ink on paper, I let it bleed around the letterforms while crows grown from the title.