Design Like A Thief! (for the new @GlynDewis book)

25 Apr
25th April 2016

I’ve been a very lucky boy the past few years, more-so the past couple when it comes to design work and raising my profile and portfolio of work (which I really must get around to publishing online!)

Following on the back of a busy month of writing articles and co-writing the feature article with Glyn Dewis for the April & May/June editions of Photoshop User magazine, I am so happy to have been working on this particular project.

The Photoshop Workbook: Professional Retouching and Compositing Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

The Photoshop Workbook: Professional Retouching and Compositing Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

To explain where it started, in 2014 I was commissioned to design the first book cover for my brother from another mother, Glyn Dewis’ excellent publication, The Photoshop Workbook. Glyn was signed up by Peachpit and I asked if I could have a go at designing my first book cover. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do so I was pleased when one of my designs was accepted and signed off. It was very exciting to receive the actual book when released in January 2015 in the UK. It even went to #1 on Amazon above Scott Kelby’s most recent title!

Fast forward to 2016 and Glyn had another book he wanted to produce so he ended up talking to Scott Cowlin and Ted Waitt, both now at Rocky Nook (and both formerly at Peachpit and had signed Glyn up for the last book). A title was created,  Photograph Like A Thief (more about that here on Glyn’s blog) and I really wanted to design his second book cover!

We had both worked on the UP image (a collaboration between myself, Glyn and our other brother, ex-Disney animator of over 20 years, Aaron Blaise) and at first we thought it would make a great cover but after speaking to Scott at Rocky Nook we decided against it.  The book needed its own identity so we had a rethink. Scott was over in the UK a couple of weeks ago and we met up for dinner in Oxford and chatted about the book. Interestingly we all pretty much came up with a similar theme, a 1950’s Saul Bass kind of image.

So, I looked at some of Saul’s work from his book I had in my design library and set about sketching it up and setting it out in Illustrator.

Saul Bass poster inspiration

Saul Bass poster inspiration

Glyn’s new book is about taking inspiration from other artists and finding/creating your own style. So as not to have any issues with font licensing, I set about drawing a Bass type font from scratch in Illustrator and then drew all the elements for the idea Glyn and I had discussed over the phone after the meeting.

I was really pleased with the initial concept, so much so that I stuck with it, finessed a little and send a copy to Glyn. He absolutely loved it, we tinkered a tiny bit more and decided that it was what we wanted to put forward to Rocky Nook.

Much to my delight, they loved it too and after one change in background colour and adding the Rocky Nook logo we were done and dusted! I am so excited to have worked on this, I cannot wait to see the book in my hands and it’s opened up my enthusiasm to improve on my Illustrator skills to look at attempting more cover work in the future.

So, with great pleasure I give you the new cover of ‘Photograph Like A Thief‘. If you don’t like it, that’s fine by me, art is subjective after all 🙂

Photograph Like A Thief by Glyn Dewis | Rocky Nook | Designed by Dave Clayton

Photograph Like A Thief by Glyn Dewis | Rocky Nook | Designed by Dave Clayton

 

Photograph Like A Thief by Glyn Dewis | Rocky Nook | Designed by Dave Clayton

Photograph Like A Thief by Glyn Dewis | Rocky Nook | Designed by Dave Clayton

 

Photograph Like A Thief by Glyn Dewis | Rocky Nook | Designed by Dave Clayton

Photograph Like A Thief by Glyn Dewis | Rocky Nook | Designed by Dave Clayton

5 replies
  1. Nikki says:

    That’s very cool and exciting to get to do two book covers, Dave! (I’m a book-aholic so am always looking at covers as that determines if I’ll pick it up to read or not). I really liked the first one you did for Glyn. This one definitely has a different ‘feel’ to it and doing your own take on the font as well. Nicely done!

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    • daveclayton says:

      Thanks Nikki – I always get a kick seeing anything I create in print. I’m lucky I have such good friends, good contacts and a little bit of ability for them to have confidence in me 🙂

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  2. Anthony Crothers says:

    Hey Dave, great job on Glyn’s new book cover, love it.
    My initial thought was that it may have been influenced by the credits from the film “Catch me if you can” starring Leonardo De-Caprio. Any connection there with Saul Bass?
    Keep up the good work mate,
    Anthony

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    • daveclayton says:

      Hey Anthony, I had to go and check that and I can see why you’d say that. Saul Bass has influenced so much, I love the various versions of CMIYC posters in the Bass style on Google images now you’ve mentioned that!

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  3. Glyn Dewis (@GlynDewis) says:

    Brilliant mate, simply Brilliant!
    Couldn’t be happier that a) you have created such a perfect cover and b) that ‘you’ have done the cover! 🙂

    Reply

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