IT SEEMS STRANGE to sling my art bag over my shoulder and set out as I’ve been completely out of the habit of doing that recently;  I’ve had to put in about three weeks – weekday and weekend alike – in order to get my latest book off to the printers on time. As it is, I’m setting off to the local bookshop to meet the photographer from the Wakefield Express but, as he’s late, I get a chance to draw Tilly, the resident Welsh border collie at Rickaro’s.

I’ve gone for a really simple cover this time. It’s actually in full colour but I decided to limit the text, illustration and border to just one colour. The background is a piece of scanned textured brown card with the colour balance changed in Photoshop to make it look like parchment.

I think the simple cover works because this is a simple subject (but with a lot of resonance) and I’m happy that it effectively communicates the period that its set in and indicates that the material is treated in a clear but reasonably light-hearted way, rather than being an academic study.

I’m looking forward to starting on the sequel, the working title being, rather unimaginatively, More Wakefield Words. But I’m not going to be caught out by a deadline this time!

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  1. Thank goodness you are back. If there had not been a posting today I was going to write and ask if you were ok? And hooray for being unchained from the desk. Looks like it was worth the work.

    I have been *visiting* in your part of the world via a National Trust guidebook to Nostell Priory that turned up at a library booksale. The cover drew me in, as well as the fifty cent price, and then it turned out to be nearby.

    Just so very glad to have you back on line. Hugs, Rachel

    1. Thanks Rachel, it seems strange to be back in action again after so long at my desk. Barbara and I have been around the country park Nostell Priory a couple of times in recent years but it must be 20 years since we had a look around in side. Must get back there soon. Not sure if they ever recovered the stolen Van Dyke.

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