For the final instalment of my illustrated versions of the Bailey prize book covers comes my very favourite illustrations in the series The Dark Circle is written by Linda Grant, it proves to be a gripping read set in 1949 after the war and people are getting back to normality, the book starts in the East End of London following Twins, both poorly end up in a sanitarium in Kent, hence the favourite part of the illustration a big giant poster.
I wanted to give the illustration a slight vintage feel and the chairs I illustrated in this image are based around a set my Grandma had in her front room, When ever I think of the 1940’s I think of my Grandma so that was really helpful as a reference to colours that felt like I could include in this piece.
Now the power proved to be a really dynamic illustration and I love the giant lighting bolt lamp, The Power written by Namoi Alderman, I am in fact half way through this wonderful book, women in this novel have the power, they are capable of inflicting such strenght through their fingers tips that it really makes you look at the world differently. The front cover of the book is actually pretty striking and I wanted to get the contrast in colours and the deep meaning behind the book in this one simple illustration.
So you can see part one of my illustrated series with the Baileys Prize on there here blog series one features stay with me and do not say we have nothing and the second installemnt features The Sport of Kings and First Love
I wanted to take the time to wish all the female writer that have been shortlisted the best of luck, its been a wonderful challenge creating these pieces.
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*Illustration and post have been sponsored but all illustrations and words are my own