Gary Alphonso for Harlequin

Gary Alphonso created a cover for the paperback edition of Hazards of the Game by Norma Tadlock Johnson. The art director wanted a very graphic feel to the cover where type would be a major element.  They decided to place the text within the shape of the sand trap since the story takes place on a golf course.  Another requirement of the illustration was to include some of the clues to the mystery: the pink golf ball, the discarded putter and the Siamese cat. The challenge was to design the illustration with the type from the early rough stages as opposed to creating the illustration and having the designer apply type after the fact. Here are two versions to show the importance of type - an early draft and the tweaked type that became the cover.

Hazards of the Game Art-1st
Hazards of the Game Art-1st
950-Hazards of the Game Final Cover
950-Hazards of the Game Final Cover

Ian Phillips - In Toronto

Ian created these illustrations for an article on the Provincial election in Ontario. These three variations were illustrated before the election occurred and based on concerns that Ian (and many Torontonians) has about the current slash and burn philosophy of the municipal government in Toronto.  The third illustration is the version used for the article, "Déjà Voodoo Economics", in the October issue of In Toronto magazine. To see more of Ian's fabulous maps and lettering, click here.