Cover Art

 It's been a while since one of my more decidedly book-related posts, but whenI discovered the amazing art of Philip Smith via a post by Elle Magazine on exceptional design of all kinds (worth checking out, by the way), I knew I had to share it. As soon as I saw the beautiful book cover they showcased, I had to learn more and immediately sought out his website, where I eagerly flipped through the images of his amazing creations.
Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm

I really can't get over the amazing detail - every inch has something special and interesting to look at, be it a texture, colour, or picture within a picture. Each cover is such an interesting (not to mention beautiful) representation of the story found within its pages.

Finnigan's Wake

At the library I work at, we actually have our own bindery where a number of the volumes that are included in our collection are made by hand. When I started here, I took a tour of the bindery where our bookbinders showed us and told us about their process - from the unique papers and leathers that make up the binding to the gold leaf letters hand-pressed onto the spine of each volume. Needless to say, I was pretty impressed. After that experience, I can only imagine the expert hand and time it must have taken to bring each of these beautiful bindings to life.

The Four Gospels

These four covers were a few of my favourites, but if you are interested in seeing more, take a look at this gallery of book covers by Philip Smith here.



Jo - Lost in the Haze said...

Wow wow wow! <3 These are truly amazing, thank you for sharing! I love the immense detail that goes into his work!

Lost in the Haze

Justyna said...

wowzers yowzers, pretty!

Leah said...

These are insane! Creativity at a whole new level (that I didn't know existed).

xo L.

Kitt said...

These books are amazing. So stunning.

I got a tour of the NSCAD library a few weeks ago and we got to see some of the pop-up books their students make. I was blown away by how creative and intricate these books can be.

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