Earlier this year Fox, Finch & Tepper commissioned me to illustrate the cover for their republished copy of ‘The Shiralee’ by D’Arcy Niland. I’m pleased to announce that the book has just been released! ‘The Shiralee’ follows itinerant worker Macauley and his daughter Buster as they travel across the Australian bush. Though Macauley initially takes Buster from her neglectful mother as an act of spite, their journey builds a trust between both characters through a series of tense, emotional and funny events.
With this cover I was tasked to produce an illustration that shows the range of rural Australia in the mid twentieth century along with the tension between the two main characters. I wanted to create an image that had a sense of intrigue and a journey that extends into the unknown.
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