Custom illustration & cover design for Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein.

Genre: Classic fiction, science fiction, historical, horror, gothic.
Audience: General, students

This book design of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is an artistic and sophisticated representation of the Creature’s rebirth.

Inspired by vintage anatomical drawings, I illustrated Frankenstein’s Creature in a medieval etching style to symbolise the novel’s time period of 18th century Europe. The front cover’s focal point was the depiction of the Creature in a lonely, painful pose to illustrate both it’s agonising rebirth and imply it’s tormented existence thereafter. The colour scheme is contemporary, high contrast from the textured black background that blankets the book jacket in a clean, sophisticated aesthetic.

The Creature’s line art is the colour of a yellow ‘clay’, a homage to the Prometheus subtitle of Shelley’s original editions. A bright orange is used for the stitching and body reconstruction which harmonises with the Penguin Publishing’s branding. Finally, a mute blue is subtly drawn to symbolise electricity and the theory of galvanism which Frankenstein practiced to reanimate his creature.

This project is a creative concept to illustrate my creative skills.


“I was thrilled with Alanna’s work. She made the process so easy for me, as someone who’s never done this before! She was professional, courteous and included me in every step making sure I was happy with what she was doing. I’d recommend her, she is incredibly talented and wonderful to work with!” – Larissa Gray.