Usually in blog posts I blather on about this and that but sometimes images are worth a thousand words. In Judit Ferencz’s case, images are worth a million words so I’m going to keep this post short so you can gorge on her incredible artwork. Judit is the artist for our Alma Reville chapter and you can listen to her discuss her collaboration with Nicola Monaghan in the video above, which was created by local filmmaker Will Price.
I wanted Judit as an artist for Dawn of the Unread primarily because she has illustrated for LeftLion for free in the past and this is my way of literally paying her back. For those who don’t know, LeftLion is a bi/monthly (monthly as of October) arts and culture magazine in Nottingham that would not be possible without the free labour of local artists and writers. I’ve done ten years already. Yes, I know. You get less for murder…
Another reason for including Judit is because she has done various illustrations for publishers and magazines and so was perfect for our book-loving project. In addition to illustrating for the Economist she has created bookcovers for Laughable Loves by Milan Kundera (see above) and Gun by Mark Haddon for Granta Britain.
My personal favourite are these bookcovers for James Joyce where her minimalist style is perfect for creating storyboards that offer an implied narrative without giving it all away. Judit is a master of stories within a story and this is most evident in the film reels for our Alma Reville chapter where Kerrie-Ann Hill, the feisty protagonist of Nicola Monaghan’s The Killing Jar, meets Mrs Hitchcock in a disused library now functioning as an illegal rave. What I love about these drawings is people who have read Nicola’s debut novel will know they refer to key scenes in the book. But if you haven’t read it, there’s enough detail there for you to imagine her life.
Judit has also created her own graphic novel The Scientist (see top of the blog), which won a silver medal at the 3×3 illustration proshow, and expanded into shop window fronts, such as Ridley Café and the Invisible Line Gallery. If those drawings don’t lure you in I don’t know what will. Dawn of the Unread will be visiting this shop very soon and will report back.
A good book always leaves a little to the imagination so that the reader has some investment in the story. Judit’s beautiful line-cut drawing style strikes that balance perfectly. The picture below of Kerrie-Ann Hill dancing with her partner is my favourite in our current chapter. I love the grin and the elbows and the simplicity of bodily movement. In the case of this very talented artist, less is definitely more.
Psychos by Nicola Monaghan and Judit Ferencz was published on 8 August 2014. You can read it here
- The Book Cover Archive (bookcoverarchive.com)
- Essential Penguins Return (causticcovercritic.blogspot.com)
- Peacocks (americanbookcovers.blogspot.com)
- 10 Tips For A Professional Book Layout (cathistevenson.com)
- Where To Find Cover Artists (blog.karenwoodward.org)
- Bone Clocking (jacketmechanical.blogspot.com)
- Zine Machine (jameskwalker.co.uk)
- Judit Ferencz’s website (juditferencz.co.uk)