In Places Between 2018 Book Cover

For the third year in a row I’ve been invited to create artwork for the Imaginative Fiction Writer’s Association’s annual anthology book, In Places Between: The Very Best Short Fiction of When Words Collide. This year I created the front cover illustration and the back cover graphics. I absolute love these projects and from what I heard, my illustration was very well received!
 
My concept for this year’s cover was to create an old, well lived in space that had elements of the fantastical. At the centre of this warm space is a young woman engrossed reading her book. I’m also infatuated with art nouveau, so included that type of stained glass in the background. I used a mixed media of Copic markers, polychromous pencil crayons, and gouache paint on warm press water colour paper. Some edits in Photoshop were added as well.
 
in places between book cover illustration by matt stewart
Scan of the original illustration

Back cover design for In Places Between 2018 that includes a picture frame and wallpaper.
Back cover design for In Places Between 2018
Final book cover for In Places Between 2018 book, with digital edits and artwork by matt stewart
Final book cover for In Places Between 2018 book, with digital edits and artwork by matt stewart
Check out the IFWA website to find out more about this fantastic local writer’s group!

In Places Between Book Artwork

In 2016 and now again in 2017, I have been gratefully asked to contribute artwork to a local writer’s group annual anthology. This book, called In Places Between, is produced by the Imaginative Fiction Writers Association (IFWA) and is a fantastic group of local published and aspiring authors. In 2016, I was invited to create a single illustration for the book, which was used as a chapter illustration for one of the book’s short stories, The Pill. The next year I was invited back to do a considerable amount more with collaborating with fellow artist Tara Handelman. Tara created a beautiful blue painting that we used as the design’s background. I created an inked drawing of a man climbing a bone-like ladder and created the graphics, including the lettering. Additional to the cover, I also created five different traditional black and white illustrations. Each illustration represented a different story from the book and like the previous year’s, was used as an illustration to separate each new chapter.

In Places Between 2017 Book Cover
In Places Between 2017 Book Cover
Interior illustrations for In Places Between 2017 by matt stewart
Interior illustrations for In Places Between 2017 by matt stewart
The Pill Illustration
The Pill Illustration, interior illustration for In Places Between, 2016

 

The above information and imagery has also been added to my Traditional Illustrations page. This is one of the aspects that I love about building my own website. Not only have I been able to create a unique style and custom functions to my website, but I can also add new content to it. Next to add to my website’s portfolio will be some new commissions and a print I did for a pretty cool company that has a mystery subscription service.

If you are interested in commissioning me to design or illustrate your book cover or interior imagery, please drop me a message!