This is a book cover I did for John Walters’s book, Sunflower.\n\n\n\nHere’s John’s blurb for the book:\n\n
\n In early 1970 a new era, the Age of Aquarius, is dawning. Penny, who adopted the name of Sunflower on the way to the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival, attends another rock concert touted as Woodstock West, at Altamont Speedway near San Francisco. Seeking to enhance the transcendent experience, she instead comes away covered in the blood of a man brutally stabbed to death in front of the stage.\n \n Has the new youth experience descended from idealism to anarchy? Confused and disillusioned, Sunflower embarks upon an odyssey across an America torn by violent anti-Vietnam War protests, racial tension, and gangs of hard drug dealers. From a search for a shared social experience it becomes a personal quest for fulfillment that leads her on a journey across continents.\n
\n\nI wanted to invoke a 1970 road trip starting in California, the blood the main character (Sunflower) sees, her name in flower form, and the out-of-control way her trip unfolds. I also wanted to invoke a vintage feel and the look, via textures, that the cover was actual paper.\n\nCredits:\n\nVW bus, direct link to image: by Caroline Gutman\n\nSunflower: by Deirdre Saoirse Moen aka me.\n\nAll of the following were purchased through now-expired Design Cuts bundles.\n\nFont: DIY Time Brush and DIY Time Hand from Latino Type.\n\nYellow brush stroke and Spatter brush from Robyn Gough\n\nTextures by 2 Lil Owls: Effervescent 26, Grandeur 10, and Through the Glass 12.