Custom illustration & cover design of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.
Genre: Coming of age, classic fiction and crime.
Audience: Young adult – adult.
While reflecting from the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement, I wanted to personalise my cover design and refrain from the typical depiction of birds. Much like how the murder of George Floyd became the catalyst, sadly even the face for the movement, I wanted my cover design to be personal and evolve around the plight of Tom Robinson. So his expresses is seen as pensive, perhaps subtly pleading, along with the accompanying deceased bird to allude to the story’s heavy themes and plot.
As the story is told through 6yo Scout’s POV, I aligned it with a juvenile handwritten title font and contrasted it with a legible, clean san serif.
Further more as a bold statement, swishing brush strokes implying the movement of a flag is illustrated in the background to symbolise the racial issues of Maycomb that Scout recounts in To Kill A Mockingbird.
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.