Jonny Duddle: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Bloomsbury have revealed the cover illustration by Jonny Duddle for the second book the famous Harry Potter series by J K Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The cover shows the dramatic scene in the chamber itself with Harry facing the basilisk and Ginny Weasley lying on the floor beyond.

 Jonny describes his process in his Q&A from Bloomsbury:

How do you as an artist approach such a large job? Where do you begin with such a wide range of possibilities?

“I’m taking one book at a time. I read the cover brief, and then I read the story, making notes and occasional sketches. I collect references, from my library of non-fiction books, search online and take my own photographs. I’ve recruited my neighbours’ son, who is suitably Potter-esque, although he annoyingly had his slightly wild hair cut for the new school term. I make numerous sketches of the main elements of the cover and then cobble them all together digitally, until I have a cover rough I feel happy to send to Bloomsbury and J.K. Rowling. I hear back very quickly with comments on my rough, which I then tweak or redraw until everyone’s happy for me to progress. Then I ‘paint’ each cover digitally.”

Jonny Duddle is represented by Arena

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Robyn Neild

Robyn Neild was delighted to be asked to illustrate the cover of the paperback edition of 'The Holiday Home' by Fern Britton. Having already created the cover art for the hardback edition, Robyn's whimsical illustration style perfectly reflects the warm and humorous tone of Fern's writing.

Robyn Neild is represented by New Division

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Alejandro Colucci: Nathan Hawke’s Gallow Cover Illustrations

Alejandro Colucci's powerful illustrations take centre stage on the covers of Nathan Hawke's Gallow series. Gollancz have made the bold move to publish the covers without a title or author's name, concentrating on the hero of the story in action. The Crimson Shield is Nathan’s debut book and the first of three fast-paced historical fantasies.

Alejandro Colucci is represented by Arena

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Christopher Gibbs: How To Train Your Dragon: Cover Designs

Christopher Gibbs is the cover illustrator behind the popular How To Train Your Dragon Series, written by Cressida Cowell. Commissioned by Hodder Children's Books, he was given the technical challenge to take the author's own sketches and interpret them into his own by using traditional painting methods and then adding textures digitally.  How To Betray a Dragon's Hero, was published recently and is the ninth book in the series, illustrated by Chris.

Christopher Gibbs is represented by Arena

 

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