Thursday, 6 August 2015

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

Latest project for the Folio Society an illustrated version of Ken Kesey's novel One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. I was very fortunate, no damn lucky to land this assignment and I expect that there are many others who will find fault with my interpretation. I imagine there will be a good few, in fact, hundreds of illustrators out there who would have given their right arm and leg to tackle the Cuckoo. I was the lucky one. Now on seeing the beautifully produced book I feel that I may have done it some justice but not completely. There is so much material, so much that I could've developed, to narrow it down to 12 illustrations or thereabouts was a difficult shout. Anyway here is one of the more sensitive pieces, not that I don't treat every piece with honesty and hopefully sensitivity. Chief Bromden speaks. The edition comes in a very elegant golden yellow slipcase/coffin. Commissioned by Sheri Gee.