Always judge a book by its cover: Judit Ferencz

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…

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The Scientist by Judit Ferencz

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 book covers for Laughable Loves by Milan Kundera and Gun by Mark Haddon for Granta Britain and James Joyce reprints for Vintage.

Judit is great at conveying 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.

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Photograph by Judit Ferencz

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. I love her drawing of Kerrie-Ann Hill dancing with her partner at an illegal rave. I love the grin and the jutting elbows and the simplicity of bodily movement. Go check it out for yourself.

‘Psychos’ by Nicola Monaghan and Judit Ferencz was published on 8 August 2014. You can read it here

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