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Clara Bow as You’ve Never Seen Her or Hollywood Gets a Makeover | First Night Design


Clara Bow would have been 115 today, hence the reblog. Keep safe. This modern treatment of a Clara Bow photograph was inspired, like The Gloria Swanson Tattoo and The Louise Brooks Tattoo, by Edward Steichen‘s headshot of the Hollywood actress Gloria Swanson covered in lace and held by the Museum of Modern Art. The Clara […]

First Night Design | #CoverMakeOver Week 9 — American Beauty


Now what on earth was I going to do for American Beauty for Week 8 of Julie Powell‘s makeover challenge. There have been several different covers for the film which is directed by Sam Mendes and stars Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening and Thora Birch, in which a ‘sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated […]

First Night Design | #CoverMakeOver Week 7 — This Desert Life


When Julie Powell gave us the challenge of re-imagining the cover for Counting Crows’ album, This Desert Life, I didn’t know what I was going to do. I adore the original by Dave McKean but didn’t want to repeat any aspect of it. Well, I have — as you can see, there’s a fish! I’ve used my surreal Beating the Blues […]

First Night Design | #CoverMakeOver Week 7 — What Dreams May Come


‘Chris Neilson dies to find himself in a heaven more amazing than he could have ever dreamed of. There is one thing missing: his wife. After he dies, his wife, Annie killed herself and went to hell. Chris decides to risk eternity in hades for the small chance that he will be able to bring […]

First Night Design | #CoverMakeOver Week 5 — The Story of Alice by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst


Julie Powell has chosen a fascinating book for Week 5 of the Cover Makeover Challenge — The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and The Secret History of Wonderland by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst. This is the original cover which I like enormously. The reviews below are taken from Amazon. “It is the ultimate book about Alice – comprehensive and scholarly, but […]

First Night Design | #CoverMakeOver Week 4 — Believe #Cher


Week 4 and Julie Powell has given us an album cover to work our magic on. As she says, the original cover does not have a great deal to recommend it. ‘[Cher] reached a new commercial peak in 1998 with the album Believe, whose title track became the biggest-selling single of all time by a female artist in the UK; […]

First Night Design | #CoverMakeOver Week 3 — Moon


Week 3 and it’s a space movie for the Cover Makeover Challenge now administered by Julie Powell, photographer and graphic artist. Whether by coincidence or conscious choice, Julie has decided on a film directed by a man many of us will have thought about recently because of losing his father — Duncan Jones, son of the inimitable David Bowie. The […]

First Night Design | #CoverMakeOver Week 2 — The Money Pit


Already it’s Week 2 for the revamped Cover Makeover Challenge now administered by Julie Powell, Photographer & Graphic Artist. The challenge this week was to do a cover for The Money Pit, a 1986 film starring Tom Hanks and Shelley Long. Frankly, the original poster is very dated, very ’70s in style. You may well think the same. Storyline: Walter […]

First Night Design | #CoverMakeOver Week 1 — Storm Boy by Colin Thiele


A New Year and an old challenge resurfaces under new management! Julie Powell, Photographer & Graphic Artist, has taken over from Desley Jane of Musings of a Frequent Flying Scientist and Lucile of Lucile de Goday to administer the weekly Cover Makeover Challenge and I couldn’t be more delighted. I created this cover using Searching the Sands as my background before […]

First Night Design | #PhotoRehabCoverMakeover #21 The Conjuring


Week 21? Who’d ‘ave thunk.  I didn’t have a chance to take part in The Photo Rehab Cover Makeover last week. Run by Desley Jane of Musings of a Frequent Flying Scientist and Lucile of Lucile de Goday, the challenge this time is to re-imagine a cover for the horror film, The Conjuring. No, I’ve never heard […]