I got bored of the dissertation this afternoon so went outside for a quick sketching break to catch the last of the (very late) daffodils. It cheered me up, so here it is in the hope it'll brighten up one or two evenings in the digital sphere.
Finished a new book cover today! This is for 'The Swordsman of Calais' trilogy which focuses on the life and love of Anne Boleyn from the perspective of Jean Rombaud, her executioner. Part history part fiction, it'll be ideal for fans of the Tudor period or a fresh take on one of the most illustrious Queens in history.
Because there are so many books about Anne Boleyn, both fictional and historical, I wanted to stay away from the stereotyped covers of her portrait, her 'B' necklace or photographs of women in period costume. Instead, the allusions to the Tudor period are subtly portrayed in the lace pattern circling Rombaud, with the flames implying passion, chaos and destruction.
I'll keep you updated about its imminent Amazon release, and will be publicising a new piece for Marketing Chap ready for next week. After that I'm afraid things are slowing down as deadlines start to squeeze along with the urgent necessity to revise.
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I wasn't planning to do a blog post on today's bit of work as it was only supposed to be a bit on the side, but I loved the way it turned out, so felt its glowing goodness had to be shared.
'Game of Colleges' started as a joke on the popular 'Overheard in Cambridge' Facebook group, and is slowly becoming a reality thanks to James Baillie and his team putting their degrees on hold to create a Game of Thrones themed game in the style of Rome: Total War. Inspiring many different imaginative scenarios on the Overheard thread, it isn't hard to visualise this becoming very popular among the Cambridge students and their fierce allegiances to their respective colleges.
The banner above was created for the Facebook group along with a profile picture, and is (obviously!) inspired by the Game of Thrones logo. It has a number of different layers to create the deep metallic textures of the bands, and includes crossovers in the style of the sun in the opening credits of the series. The glowing text is a proud point, as are the bands of crests.
Nerd moment over! Enjoy perusing the Facebook Group, whether a loyal Cantab, or more of a Game of Thrones man.
Here's another poster that will soon be gracing the railings of Cambridge. Le Pauvre Matelot is a chamber opera set in 1920's France which tells the story of a barmaid awaiting her husband's return from travels at sea. Amidst the madness of eternal anticipation, the family business is about to fold and she's struggling to make ends meet...but unbeknown to her, the sailor has already returned to the village, his weathered face almost unrecognisable. If you want to know what happens next, you'll have to buy a ticket! And don't worry, the libretto's sung in English and is apparently based on true news events at the time.
The creation of the poster is another story entirely. With no dominant tragic or comic theme and with a production team wanting to keep the plot twists under wraps, finding a tone for the poster was difficult. I started out down a block colour line, going with understated graphics and a minimalistic feel, but realised early on that it was too clean and modern for both the setting and tone of the opera. After a good scratch of the thinking cap and a morning spent playing around with different ideas, I hit on the idea of using planks in the style of a pub/bar sign, which would also tie in to the ships and sailing theme. Then it was just a matter of experimenting with textures to get a rough, 20's seaport atmosphere which can almost make you smell the sea salt on the crusty French flag. The font, for any of you nerds out there, is similar to the one used on the Talisman game cards which I fell in love with the instant I saw it and have been waiting for an opportunity to use ever since!
If you're in Cambridge and fancy seeing this, the details are on the Facebook event here.