Mock up of the final book jacket design.
The cover design went through a few variations before I settled on image tracing the original image into vector art in Adobe Illustrator and finalising the colour of the final image there.
The first illustration entry from Part I of the novella in London and the unnamed first narrator is describing Charles Marlow’s physical appearance.“Marlow sat cross-legged right aft, leaning against the mizzen-mast. He had sunken cheeks, a yellow complexion, a straight back, an ascetic aspect, and, with his arms dropped, the palms of hands outwards, resembled an idol. “
The second illustration entry is also from Part I of the novella, when Marlow arrives in the Central Station and is told that the steamer under his charge had been sunk two days before his arrival.“The steamer was sunk. They had started two days before in a sudden hurry up the river with the manager on board, in charge of some volunteer skipper, and before they had been out three hours they tore the bottom out of her on stones, and she sank near the south bank.”
Third illustration entry from Part III of the novella, when Marlow arrives at the Inner Station and realises that the posts of the fence are topped with decapitated and grotesque heads.“They would have been even more impressive, those heads on the stakes, if their faces had not been turned to the house. Only one, the first I had made out, was facing my way. “
Various sketches exploring different scenes from the novella. I had tried to illustrate the scene where Marlow encounters the chain of prisoners carrying baskets of dirt on their heads, the attack of the steamboat by the native tribe as well the first appearance of Kutz African mistress; “the wild and gorgeous apparition of a woman.“
After settling on which sketches to use I edited the colour and composition of it in Photoshop first before importing it into Illustrator where I image traced the image into vector art. I deliberately kept the illustrations unrefined as I wanted to maintain the watercolor appearance of the original sketch.