Mary Shelley, Book Cover
The Cover, aimed at a teen audience, was to be gothic looking, as well as “moody and romantic and maybe a little creepy”.
To mark 200 years since of Frankenstein's publication, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt have published a biography of its author, Mary Shelley. Aimed at a teen audience, Catherine Reef's riveting biography reads like a dark gothic novel, filled with scandal, death, drama, and chronicles one of the strangest love stories in literary history. 
Sketches exploring layout options of the lettering, heart and compositional elements
The brief originally suggested including a portrait of Mary Shelley as the main image but I hit on the idea of a human heart, or “organ of the monster” to represent several symbolic connections to Mary Shelly’s story:

• The organ of the monster (with obvious stitch marks)
• Percy Shelly's heart which was taken from his funeral pyre and buried with Mary Shelley
• Love and romance themes in the story
•  Atheism surrounding the story (A corrupt version of the Christian Sacred Heart icon)

The Refined sketch and stylised, black and white heart sketch with stitches.
The final cover with extra colours applied.
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