The Big Sleep – Penguin Book Cover Competition Entry 2013


As part of a Penguin Book Cover Competition we were given the task of designing a contemporary book cover for The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler.

The book is a story of blackmail where the author leads you through a tail of entangled lies with guns, booze and murder, with the detective Philip Marlowe in his powder blue suit set the task of unravelling everything. I built my concept around this, with the use of bright contrasting colours in a photographed piece to connect to a contemporary audience. Photography gives a field of depth and shadow which helps capture the depth of lies and deceit in the novel.