Mary Cecilia Nolan | Book Cover Series
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Book Cover Series

Great White Whale Book Cover for Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick or, The Whale. Giant Marlin Book Cover Illustration for Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea. Great White Shark Book Cover Illustration for Peter Benchley’s Jaws. Giant Squid Book Cover Illustration for Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

About This Project

Book Cover Series 

Concept: For this project, I had to choose four books that were not in a series, but could be released together because they shared a similar genre, author or theme. I decided on a sea beast theme and opted for four classic titles—Moby-Dick or, The WhaleJaws, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and The Old Man and the Sea.

After trying different approaches (photographic, illustrative and typographic), I felt these titles would be best represented with an illustrative approach. On the right-hand side of each book cover is a tear-off bookmark featuring the weapon used to attack each creature.

I illustrated all of the sea beasts myself. The vector images for the bookmarks are from a vector art website. I selected typefaces I thought would reflect a frightening, yet whimsical side to these sea monsters.

Back Cover Text Selection:
I wanted to keep each sea beast the primary focus of the cover. Since these titles are so well known, I did not feel the need to include an author biography section. I kept the synopsis very short and selected quotes from each book that echo the beast/supernatural element of the work or that speak to what it is like to be at sea.


Art, Book Design, Design, Illustration, Writing