King Lear


King Lear



Repackaging for the Pelican Shakespeare series, the authoritative resource since 1956, coinciding with the Bard’s 400th death anniversary this year. A total of 40 books, the series is ongoing and art directed by Paul Buckley. We used a modern linear and geometric style to approach these classics in a contemporary manner, categorized as Tragedies (black,) Comedies (light blue) and Histories (maroon.) The series won a Gold Medal at the SOI Annual Exhibition (Book category.)  Thanks to Paul Buckley and Elda Rotor for taking a chance on me.

King Lear’s beard is a maze, as he is caught up in his own head while on his ascend to insanity. The three gems in his crown represents his three daughters— reds are the evil ones, white is for the loyal Cordelia. Back cover shows King Lear’s companion, The Fool who accompanies him through rain and storm.  

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Client: Penguin Random House

Art Direction: Paul Buckley

Publisher: Elda Rotor

Thanks: Jay Luu, Brianna S Harden, Emma Mohney, and Judy Ng

Special thanks: Jessica Hische