Judging a Book by its Cover – Andrew Davidson – Artist and Illustrator

Andrew Davidson

I have already written about Andrew Davidson in an earlier post. I hope you will take a moment and Click Here to read it. Because I finished another in the Jacqueline Winspear, Maise Dobbs Series,  A Dangerous Place, which is set in Gibraltar with a civil war taking place in Spain, I wanted to mention the series and illustrator, Andrew Davidson once again. The book covers of Andrew Davidson drew me to  Maise Dobbs, an interesting historical mystery series. I highly recommend these novels to you. I prefer to start at the beginning of any series, and in this case, the times, characters and settings change and build upon themselves.

I left a comment on Jacqueline Winspear’s Goodreads author page asking her about Andrew Davidson. This is what she wrote back, which I appreciated. I hope you share my interest in Book Jackets and the artists who introduce us to authors and their stories.

Jacqueline Winspear Thank you for this question – I love Andrew’s work, for he is both an artist and a craftsman. Those covers are actually wood engravings. Andrew was first commissioned by Penguin for the paperback covers of MAISIE DOBBS and BIRDS OF A FEATHER. When I moved publisher, everyone loved the covers so much, his work became a feature of each book. It was fairly early on that I was asked to come up with some image suggestions for one of the books – I think it was PARDONABLE LIES, so Andrew and I emailed back and forth, with me sending photographs etc (he always reads the manuscript too), and since that time he has always managed to depict a cover in almost exactly the way I see it. I am extremely fortunate that my publisher, Harper Collins, encourages this collaboration, as writers often have no say regarding cover art at all. There is another aspect to the work, and that is the huge contribution of the Creative Director, who takes Andrew’s image and then pulls it all together with the colors chosen for title and text, and the layout. Archie Ferguson is the invaluable linchpin – he’s the overall “designer” of the covers. Then they go to various people within the company for comment – but there are very rarely changes.



About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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1 Response to Judging a Book by its Cover – Andrew Davidson – Artist and Illustrator

  1. Interesting info. I never would have guessed the book cover started as a wood engraving.

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