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The Windup Girl Covers

November 30, 2011

Here’s my two covers for the Subterranean Press edition of The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi.  The one on the left is for the limited edition and the one on the right the deluxe limited edition.

The author had the idea of making it look like an old beaten travel volume, or a volume of flora and fauna like those from 19th century explorers, but to modernize it somehow so that it would have the look of something that was old but also science fictional, in a similar way to how the story feels both futuristic and historical.

So I applied this concept to the cover design, making them appear like weathered and battered covers to old volumes and added some graphical and diagrammatic elements to give the design a more modern feel.  I also continued this idea throughout the interior illustrations (which I’ll try to post at a later date) so that each one, rather than being a single illustration, looks like a page from a field guide, with illustrations, drawings, ‘photos’ and annotations, etc. to do with various things from the novel.  It was a fun challenge to be able to take this different approach to the overall design of the covers and interiors rather than illustrating the story in a more straightforward manner.



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