Mary Shelley, Book Cover
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.
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.