Deluxe Drawing

Since turning 60 last year, Penguin has been knocking out special editions of its back catalogue thick and fast, so you could be forgiven if you’ve gotten a little confused by them of late. However, as long as they continue to produce covers as beautiful as these, it seems churlish to complain

This new selection, part of the Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition series, sees some of the most interesting contemporary illustrators around, including Tomer Hanuka, Yoshihiro Tatsumi and Charles Burns, create new covers for works from an eclectic range of authors, including Jack Kerouac, Hans Christian Andersen and Voltaire.

Highlights include Chester Brown’s jacket for DH Lawrence’s controversial classic Lady Chatterley’s Lover, where a simple comic storyboard shows the lovers in bed, with Oliver Mellors gloomily musing on men’s position in the world. On the back cover, things are considerably more cheery, as Brown creates a quick pictorial romp through Lawrence’s own history, sending up the author’s preoccupation with sex.

Similarly, Chris Ware gently satirises Voltaire’s Candide in his trademark style (even including a quote from the author on the back, saying, “They must have lost their minds if they think I wrote this trash”), while Jason turns Kerouac’s Dharma Bums drifters into Nirvana-seeking dogs.

More info on the Deluxe Editions can be found at www.penguin.co.uk .

 

More from CR

I Designed the Big Yellow Wave

Olly Williams talks to Gavin Lucas about his role as art director of the new Wave commercial for Big Yellow Storage written by CHI and directed by Dougal Wilson

A Man Apart

By rediscovering his native visual culture, Iranian graphic designer Reza Abedini has produced work that goes beyond Western limitations. Rick Poynor meets him

Apple Wins Design Award, But Where’s The Product?

Apple wins design award – not exactly shocking news these days. But how about this: Apple has won Creative Review’s first Design Studio of the Year award, but NOT for its products.
This award is for its graphics and packaging.

Out Of Darkness, Light

Cover of Darkness, by Magnus Voll Mathiassen, Grandpeople
Distributing ‘zines used to be a dirty, tiring and distinctly unglamorous business. The only way to get your precious products seen was to trudge around town with a big, heavy bundle of them begging shop owners to take a few on sale or return. That and the dizzying technological heights of the stamped, addressed envelope.
But in one gratifying example of the new media actually offering its older brother a helping hand (as opposed to kicking it in the groin and running away laughing) the internet has changed all that. By way of illustrating our somewhat obvious point, we give you Soyfriends, the Oslo-based purveyor of little printed rays of sunshine.

IIASA_115x115

Graphic Designer

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Centaur_115x115

Integrated Designer

Centaur Media