Friday, May 6, 2011

New cover for the 'Moby-Dick' art book

The folks at Tin House Books have been playing around with some different cover designs for my book Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page, and they've come up with a new concept that I am extremely fond of...

If you look closely, you can see that the body of the whale on the cover is comprised of elements and textures from several of my illustrations. This is a beautiful way to integrate the sometimes disparate feel of the illustrations into a cohesive and symbolic whole, and in some ways even mirrors the complex structure of the novel itself. I really liked the old cover, but I absolutely love this new one.