The Merchant of Venice

 

 

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.

Styled after meat cuts charts, this cover illustrates one of Shylock’s possible daydreams about the contract that entitles him to a pound of his nemesis Antonio’s flesh. Each cut (marked by a dotted line) is accompanied by a potential hacking instrument. Full cover coming soon.

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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

 
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