The challenge was to take an existing book cover and not only come up with a new concept but to actually make it out of any material. Thrilled by the brief, I immediately knew i wanted to tackle the 13 and half lives of Captain Bluebear, easily one of the most random and wonderful books i have come across.
The book regales 13 (and starts the 14th, hence the half) lives of a most enigmatic bluebear. It is reminiscent of a weathered sailor recounting stories round a fire smoking a pipe and this was my inspiration.
I'd never tried wood carving before, but this seemed the perfect opportunity to give it a try. I whittled 13 and started a 14th, one for each life, and tried to make each as individual as the marvellous stories told.
(Shillington - student brief)