• Blacklands Cover
  • Blacklands Type Dirt
  • Blacklands Type Dirt Detail


I loved this novel. The main character is 12 year-old boy in Exmoor, England who spends his free time digging, trying to find the remains of his murdered uncle. He expects that by solving his uncle’s disappearance, he will bring his emotionally distraught family back together. At first, I used brush lettering for the type on the shovel. The editor liked the idea but wondered how it would look if the type was made of dirt. The first attempt in Photoshop ended up looking like dung. Using real dirt and my own photos, everyone was happy with the results.

Client: Simon and Schuster, Art Director: Jackie Seow