The latest project I worked on for Advanced Illustration was a book cover illustration and other little icons for the classic Jane Austen novel Sense & Sensibility. If you know me, you know how big a fan of Miss Austen I am. I haven't read all of her books yet, but I'm working on it. I have seen many of the BBC/film adaptations, though. Most of which I truly enjoy. I may be 23, but in my opinion, there is nothing like staying in on a Friday night with a cup of tea and Jane Austen film...especially if the week hasn't been all that great. But I'm getting off track here.
So I did these editorial illustrations and during the process, I realized that Sense & Sensibility, which was the first book Jane Austen published was published in 1811--200 years ago, this year! So I thought to myself, I could make this like a special edition 200th anniversary edition! Well, that's just what I did.
Inside Title Page:
Again, I used that same hand-written font here, but since this would be on the inside of the book, I kept the colors minimal. Since it would be a special edition book, I thought I should at least do something a little, well, special to it. So I designed the splashy silhouette icons of the two sisters. I tried to make them reflect each of their personalities. Elinor (blue) is more grounded and sensible, while Marianne (magenta) thinks with her heart and is a hopeless romantic.
I used the silhouettes here too, but I have to agree with what the class said during the critique. They said that the silhouettes would look better if they had been ghosted behind the text. Looking back, I should have done that. But I like all the other parts. Yes the "S" is the hand-written font...and no that is not the actual ISBN for this book.
And the chapter headers meant for specific chapters:
Anyway, let me know what you guys think! I need feedback, or I won't flourish.