Now that it’s been officially revealed, I’m thrilled to post the cover to The Young World by Chris Weitz, a book I art directed and designed for Little, Brown. The art was impeccably done by Steve Stone and my brother Adam Swaab lent his digital ninja skills to making the type look all 3D’ed and battle-worn. The Young World comes out July 2014!
One of the books I art directed and designed recently during the 3 months I filled in at Little, Brown is Secrets and Lies. Looking at the first book in the series, Truth or Dare, I loved how the art director emphasized focus on the finger and mouth. Since this was going to be a trilogy, I immediately thought about See No Evil, Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil. The titles of the books synched perfectly with the concept so everyone jumped on board when I presented it. This cover is, obviously, Hear No Evil. After some photo research and a bit of digital manipulation, the above cover is what we settled on. Secrets and Lies come out May 2014.
Here’s a new Y.A. book cover I had the pleasure of illustrating and doing the typography for, called The Watcher in the Shadows, published by the fine folk at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. It’s a cool novel that’s a mix of Yiddish Policeman’s Union, Goodfellas, and Harry Potter! Check it out!
Q:Whoaaa, your cover art pieces are amazing! Do you mostly work freelance?
Thanks! Yes, I’m a full time freelance designer/illustrator, although, on occasion, I will work for extended periods of time at publishers’ offices.