I’ve been working in visual communication for most of my life. Whether as a fine artist, illustrator, art director or graphic designer, I communicate with images. Designing book covers for ChiZine Publications is a chance for me to play, exploring extremely dark themes and imagery that I would otherwise steer away from in my more commercial projects.
Growing up with an author mother and graphic designer father, I was surrounded by books. Not just being physically surrounded by bookshelves but also discussions of each stage of the process. Writing, editing, typography and cover design would often be casual dinner conversation. As a kid, I would pour over design and illustration annuals showcasing the work of award-winning artists. Marshal Arisman was one of my favourites. His images were brutal and full of energy. Later, as a young teenager, I collected comics for the art. I loved Kent Williams’ roughness and exaggeration of the human form and Dave McKean’s combination of surrealism, film noir and mixed media.… Read the rest