Just in time for this heated summer, the book I illustrated for Barnes and Nobles leatherbound series, "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is finally out. I worked with the fabulous and lovely Jo Obarowski for the second time, having illustrated Dante's Divine Comedy a few years back. Marc Burkhardt, fellow Drawger has done several of these books as well-they are beautiful. Jo again gave me a great deal of freedom to interpret the book and I offered to wrap it around to the backside. I could not see it ending at the spine. I had read this book years ago and cannot say that is was that easy to follow, but remembered how complex, intertwined and chaotic the characters were in the story. Definitely, one enters a sort of abyss once trapped in the layers of the novel.
Here are a few sketches for the project and a few finished details of the book. I especially was happy with the back cover (why is that always how I feel?) and the interior artwork.
This series has done fabulously well over the past five years, especially in London. A nice counter offer to an E book. The covers in this series have a way of seducing, especially the younger reader into classic literature. Their affordability is commendable when considering how effective they are at drawing young readers in.