Illustration for book cover
Illustration for chap book cover - "Cactus" by Stevi-Lee Alver, published 2016.


Oil pastel and mixed media drawing, manipulated in Photoshop.

Explain how and why you created this work. Was it for a specific brief, etc.?

I was asked to create an illustration for the cover of a chap book by a small, independent publisher. Building on the brief, the illustration was inspired by the author's vivid descriptions of Cactus Beach and of the colourful batik fabrics she hung around the caravan.

What were you trying to express?

The book is a long prose work about the author's past experience living on Cactus Beach in South Australia, in a caravan. I hoped to create a mood evocative of the writing, a sense of freedom and of the beach.

Is it 100% your original work?