These illustrated book covers are inspired by tales from Angela Carter’s Bloody Chamber anthology. I created the images using collage, ink and gouache. Hand-made paper gives an interesting texture and a neutral, earthy background colour, contrasting nicely with the bright, bold gouache.
Each of these book covers use symbolism to reflect the dark nature of Angela Carter’s book. For example, the illustration to the right depicts lilies, a symbol employed in The Bloody Chamber to signify innocence and death. The inclusion of these flowers hints at the eventual downfall of the lead character, the Marquis.