Cover with preliminary sketch below.

Couldn’t resist. Spring catalogue on bottom and the fall one on top.

Final with preliminary sketches below.

This is the final cover on this one. Without going into too much detail, suffice it to say that reptile skin figures in the plot. I wanted to find a way  of showing that without resorting to photography. My initial idea was to cut out a scale pattern to form the letters. Perhaps it was the bright primary colours but it had a “lego” quality at thumbnail size that was sending the wrong message. I opted for a graphic pattern for the full cover with the type superimposed.

56 Signal poetry covers and counting. Edited by the incomparable Carmine Starnino and published  by Véhicule Press. Here they are in order.

Final cover with preliminary sketch below. Conscious of the fact that there are so many covers featuring birds, including more than a few of mine, I wanted to find a way of showing it without showing it.

Final cover for this novel with preliminary sketches below. Sigismund Skrik is a hairdresser on a clipper ship sailing between Hamburg and New York.

Posters for “La Tempête” in downtown Montréal.

In most of my briefs for University Press covers, available reference material is included – usually in the form of illustrations from the manuscript. They are almost always in black and white. The challenge is always to find an interesting way of incorporating them, using layout and colour. For this cover the illustration below was supplied as possible cover material.

Three covers got into AAUP (American Association of University Presses) Book and Jacket show 2015

Paperback and cloth edition below.