Our covers are very important to us. We like to use original art by artists and designers whose work we admire. Find out more about the people who provide the art for our covers on this page. See some of the covers in full, including the back, which is usually just as special, here
Karen Keogh, Cover Artist, London Lies and Foraging
Gail Brodholt, Cover Artist, Stations
Annie Rickard Straus, Cover Artist, Lovers’ Lies
My name is Annie I like to draw,
Birds and rhinos and hats and more,
and sometimes even in my sleep,
I pretend to draw with my feet.
Melina Traub, Cover Artist, Mosaic of Air
Born in New Zealand and growing up in the melting pot of Los Angeles (father a German architect, mother a New Zealand scientist), exposure to other cultures, particularly in art, has distilled a disposition for the eclectic.
My artistic career started in the early 1980’s creating relief paintings and wooden sculpture, holding exhibitions in Los Angeles and in London.
Later, with a studio in Covent Garden amidst a buzz of the emerging London fashion scene, I began experimenting with different forms of plastic. This led onto creating jewellery and for a number of years I worked in accessory design producing one-off pieces and limited ranges in collaboration with clothing designers and shops such as Paul Smith, and Liberty’s.
More recently my work has been guided by the emergence of the digital realm, with drawing, painting and collage still forming the basis of my creative process.
I endeavour to produce works that have a strong graphic appeal, and are alluring, beautiful, and sometimes surreal.
Zoë Ann Lee is a London-based Illustrator. She graduated from the University of the West of England in July 2014 with a First Class (Honours) Degree in Illustration. She uses a combination of paper-cut techniques, photography, drawing and computer design to create her imagery.
Lucy Reynolds (background) / Cherry Potts (Foreground)
Kam Rehal is Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design at the University of Greenwich, London. Passionate about all things concerning design, visual communication and storytelling, Kam has two flash pieces in Story Cities and designed the cover and internal layout. Kam is also one of the three editors of Story Cities.
Gordy Wright, Cover Artist, YA series: The Naming of Brook Storyteller and A Gift of Rivers is an illustrator/printmaker based in Hamilton House in Bristol. He graduated from the University of the West of England with a First Class (Honours) Degree and has since become an illustration tutor at the Bristol Folk House. His work is created through a wide variety of traditional mark making techniques which are then digitally composed together to create the final outcome.
Cherry Potts is an occasional photographer and designer, when the mood takes her. She designs most of Arachne Press’ publicity materials and website and logos, and dabbles in book covers when the need arises.
Cherry Potts/Emma Lee
Kevin Threlfall is a professional designer and illustrator who somehow also finds time to run an independent art gallery in his beautiful home town of Marsden, West Yorkshire. Kevin regularly exhibits and has been Artist In Residence at Lawrence Batley Theatre, where he explored the connections between music, performance and the visual arts.
The original for With Paper For Feet is an oil painting called The Pennine Way, done primarily with a pallet knife, based on the Yorkshire landscape where Kevin lives (this can be viewed on his website www.threlfall.co.uk ). We tweaked the colours a bit for the cover design.
I draw or paint things I really want to see myself, and my work can be seen as an expression of my compulsion to create. Nothing excites and scares me more than a pencil and a blank page. Motivation comes from exploring the possibilities of enhancing everyday life by making magic from the mundane. Materials, styles and techniques are constantly changing and evolving, but my artwork always contains a dreamlike quality at its heart.