To celebrate the publication of these stunning new editions of TMI, out in the UK this week, we’ve teamed up with Walker Books for a blog tour to show the amazing artwork created for these covers.
Here’s the piece of art used for City of Bones, and the cover – click on the art to see the intricate detail of it!
The artwork was created by Míla Fürstová, an award-winning internationally exhibited artist, who has shown in 20 solo shows in many countries, including Britain, USA, France and the Czech Republic over the last decade. During this time she has won 14 prestigious awards. Her work has become part of important private and public collections, including that of Queen Elizabeth II and the V&A Museum in London and has featured in numerous publications. She also designed the illustration for the CD cover of Coldplay’s Ghost Stories, a big reason why Walker Books commissioned her for these new covers. You can follow her on Twitter @MilaFurstova
Míla uses a print-making medium from the Middle Ages called etching:
– She uses a metal plate coated with wax
– She draws the illustration with a metal needle, exposing the bare metal
– The plate is then immersed in acid and the acid bites into the metal, where it’s exposed, resulting in lines on the plate
– The plate is inked all over, and the ink goes into the lines
– The plate is put through a high-pressure printing press together with a sheet of paper and the paper picks up the ink from the etched lines, making a print
Using this method, she made an intricate etching for each book, drawing on a metal plate. This was then used to produce the print featured above, which we then digitally coloured to use on the cover.
The choice of illustration for each cover was the result of a conversation between the Walker Books designer, Maria, and Míla. Everything had to be approved at sketch stage, because once the illustration is drawn onto the plate it’s very difficult to modify.
So for each piece of art, Maria sent Míla a full cover briefing of 5/6 pages per book with a synopsis, symbols, objects and extracts from the books with descriptions of characters, scenes and locations.
The briefing also suggested a few ways that Míla could go with the piece for the book.
Below is a snippet of the illustration briefing for City of Bones.
We should have Clary as a central character. She could be fighting the first demon she encounters and holding the mortal cup with one hand. The cup could come out of a tarot card, or there could be some tarot cards around.
Another option would be having Clary in front of the Institute. This first book is about Clary discovering the Shadowhunter world, and there’s a nice scene when she walks around the Institute for the first time.
I would definitely have the cup on the main drawing as well, as it’s a very important symbol in this book.
The Shadowhunter Institute could be used as a background.
Míla first sent in sketches with her initial thoughts.
Then there would be a bit of conversation about the sketch, before she produced the final etching on the metal plate to make the print with. Below is an example that shows the process.
Below is the final etched plate for City of Bones.
Tomorrow, visit Mundie Moms to see the artwork from City of Ashes!
The new editions are available in the UK this week.
Cover Illustration © 2015 Walker Books Ltd.
These are UK English Language editions, but they are going to be available in a number of other territories. If you’re based in any of these, you should be able to ask your bookseller to order them in for you.
Singapore, India, South Africa, Germany, The Netherlands, Greece, United Arab Emirates, Slovakia, Lebanon, Pakistan, Switzerland, Malta, Austria, Spain, Sweden, Jordan, Denmark
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