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