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Bill Sanderson’s Skybound Cover

Phosphor Art's Bill Sanderson recently worked on a lovely book cover for Picador/Pan Macmillan. Skybound by Rebecca Loncraine focusing on subjects of gliders and learning to fly, but is also about a woman trying to reacquaint herself with her body and the world after the terrible trauma of breast cancer treatment. It's a deeply personal narrative that follows Rebecca as her new passion for gliding takes her from her home in Wales all the way to New Zealand and the Nepalese Himalayas. Sadly in 2015, as she was finishing the book, Rebecca became ill again and died at home in Wales in September 2016.

Of course this cover needed to capture the beauty of the skies and capture Rebecca's experiences of soaring with the birds. The publishers wanted it to be a beautiful object that you'd want to pick up and briefed Bill to create a cloudscape with beams of light, birds, a landscape below and of course a glider at centre stage. Bill's scraperboard illustrations were supplied in black and then edited to match the beautiful blue of the sky.

See more of Bill Sanderson's work in his portfolio

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