The Covers That Never Were…But Should Be!

You may not know it (more likely you already do) but both Claire and I are big art lovers. So we’re doing another book covers post together. But there’s a twist! We’re choosing artists we love who we wish had made covers to some of our favourite books.

Only rule: the artist can’t have already done a version (even a mock/uncommissioned/unpublished version) of the cover we choose.

Nikki’s Artist x Cover Matches:

Patrick LegerRendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke

patricklegerI love Patrick’s work so much and I always love seeing it applied to ‘retro future’ content.

Roxie Vizcarra x Toward Zero (by Agatha Christie)

roxievizcarraRoxie’s work is so full of energy and I feel like it’d be so cool to see her lively illustrations bring to life the unveiling of a psychopath who bashes an old woman’s brains in with sports equipment?…!

Disa Wallander x Can A Robot Be Human? (by Peter Cave)

disawallanderDisa does a lot of existential comics already. Her beautiful (and strange?) work would bring a lot of dark humour to this ‘humorous’ (wannabe) non-fiction philosophy book and make instantly more absorbing. An interesting mix for sure.

Tiffany FordIn The Time Of The Butterflies by Julia Álvarez

tiffanyfordHer colours are amazing. I love the way she thinks. I find Tiffany super funny, but I think she’d handle this sad book beautifully. I’d also love to see her illustrate The Tiny Wife by Andrew Kaufman or Witches Don’t Do Backflips by Debbie Dadey.

Emily CarrollThe Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Louis Robert Stevenson

emilycarrollIf you aren’t yet familiar with Emily Carroll’s brilliant, dark storytelling, make yourself acquainted. Horror/(dark) fairy tale/comic lovers are in for a treat! I think she would really bring the original Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde to terrible life.


Claire’s Artist x Cover Matches:

 Jillian Tamaki x Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

Akata Witch is an example of a cover that Tamaki did. She’s done the embroidery classic book covers, Sleeping Beauty and Jane Eyre, I believe. I think she’s brilliant but I’d love to see her take on Wicked! It has such fantastical elements to it, it suits her style I think.

Briony May Smith x The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

I’ve never seen a fun, flighty illustrated book of The Hobbit. Actually, I’d like to see any sort of children’s style book of The Hobbit.

Anna & Elena Balbusso x Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor

I’ve never been a huge fan of the American covers of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, and the British series is nice as well but what would an illustrated cover look like? Taylor’s work is rich in symbolism and meaning so Anna & Eena Balbusso might suit her work.

Nicole Miles x The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I know Nikki writes for us and this might seem like bias or nepotism but I grew up with her work, I grew up seeing what she came from and where she is now. She’s always been brilliant and I’d love to see her to a take on this Atwood classic *hint hint* *NUDGE NUDGE*.

Madi Hodges x The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

I know that this one is stretching Nikki’s rules (scroll up to the beginning if you forgot them) but this artist never did a mockup of the Harry Potter books, just character drawings. So my thinking is, this is totally within the limits of Nikki’s rule. I really, really, would love to see this artist do something for the Harry Potter books. If she ever did a cover, I’d run to her blog to see it and buy it if it were ever published. Her style is fun and I think it is a good book with the fun and yet serious books in the Harry Potter series.

Nikki edit: Hahah I didn’t expect to see my work in there! I guess I’ll forgive you for bending the rules…!


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2 Responses to The Covers That Never Were…But Should Be!

  1. Tammy says:

    Great post! You both had some really good ideas. I’m a huge fan of Emily Carroll and I’d love to see what she does with someone else’s work.

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