Monday, March 14, 2011

Mary GrandPre

This is the first cover illustration for the Harry Potter series which was done by Mary GrandPre. She has done not just all the Harry Potter covers and chapter illustrations, but other children picture books such as Chin Yu Min and The Ginger Cat, Pockets and several others. I felt that this piece was successful because when trying to grab a younger audience bright colors are very helpful. Also when Mary made this cover (and all of the other Harry Potter covers) she selected images that were used in the book to help show in one collaged image what the story would be about. What I found interesting about this was that every image she chose did not do anything to reveal any secrets about the story. So giving nothing away Mary was able to communicate what Harry Potter was about in an interesting and eye catching way for not only children but even adults.

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