I have expressed my ideas on the dust jacket theme of ‘Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass’ in a previous blog, sharing my thoughts.  None of these ideas were necessarily set in stone, so using my earlier blog as reference, I am going to pick out the parts I definately want to use in addition with any other relevant information.

The overall theme with the cover of my take on the book will have a dark, shocking and somewhat seedy impact to the viewer.  The character of ‘Alice’ will be my model (Becky; colleague), dressed in torn clothes (obtained from charity shops and fancy dress shops) but still in the style of the original ‘Alice’ attire (see Fig 1), staring out of a broken mirror.  The photo will only include ‘Alice’s’ reflection within the mirror, herself looking into the glass will not be visible, giving the impression she is trapped.  ‘Alice’s’ model will have lots of makeup on (of which I will purchase from appropriate retailers), all of it smudged and running down her face, generally looking very distressed.

Other characters will be included on the cover, including the ‘Rabbit’, that leads ‘Alice’ down the hole (also on the front cover, along with ‘Alice’) and the ‘Mad Hatter’, who will be on the back cover, peering through a window from the outside, giving the impression of a voyeuristic, perverse nature, to fit in with the rest of the cover.  The ‘Rabbit’ will be the model Alex Taylor (colleague), who will be dressed in the suit provided (to be purchased on ebay).  He will be wearing a t-shirt reading ‘Eat Me’ (made by myself) and smoking a cigerette laying on the bed with a piece of, supposedly, ‘Alice’s’ underwear in his hand.

The look of the room, spread across the entire book cover (although the characters will be shot independently from each other and the room, then edited together in photoshop) will entail a mess of alcohol bottles and pill tubs, giving the feel of a drug den and therefore adding to the concept of debortury.  These items should be easy to obtain both from shops and empty bottles from home.

Every photo will be shot in the studio seperately.  The main issue will be shooting the ‘Rabbit’ as I want him to be smaller than the other characters, however the model is actually taller than the other models.  To overcome this, I will shoot him at a distance with high resolution so that I will be able to resize him if necessary in Photoshop.

The colours will be rather contrasting so that ‘Alice’ will stand out as the main subject as there is a lot of things to distract the viewer from what is initially intended.  Therefore lighting will also be a major factor in differentiating foreground subjects from background, as will composition.

Then there is the spine of the cover.  I intend for this to be simply the word, “Alice” but written in broken glass, as though it is from the missing pieces of the mirror ‘Alice’ appears to be trapped in, similar to Fig 2 but hopefully more shattered.  If this effect does not work how I expect it to, then It shall just be in a jagged edged glass effect, but not shattered.

The fold-over sleeves will be plain gray with text about the book and a translucent smiling Cheshire Cat image on one side and the Queen of Spades card on the other.  Both these images will be drawn as artist interpretation (therefore the pictures will not be taken from a website/book etc) and then scanned into the computer for editing.

Any edits, discrepencies and obstacles I find along the way (of which I’m sure there will be a significant few) will be documented and reviewed in my future blogs and evaluation, though I am going to attempt to stick to this statement as closely as possible.

Fig 1:

Alice, from Alice in Wonderland, written

by Lewis Carroll, 1865, illustration by

Walt Disney, 1951














Fig 2:

The Phantom of the Opera: Gaston Leroux, 1909 (Reprinted cover since)