Children of Dr. Moreau book cover illustration
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My most recent book cover illustration is for a Biopunk Science-Fiction titled “Children of Dr. Moreau” by Jared Battaglia. Described by the author as “on the mature side of Young Adult fiction with a PG-13 feel… [Children of Dr. Moreau is] a gritty and grounded reimagining of the HG Wells classic where this time the young human-animal hybrids take center stage.”

I had a fantastic time illustrating this cover for Jared, who was a wonderful client to work with. The goal was to feature two of the main characters: Cleo and her rival, Leopold, and to depict both the urban-city setting of Seattle as well as the lush, natural setting of the San Juan Islands, without giving too much away about the hybrids. It was a lot of fun to work on and I particularly enjoyed painting their striking hybrid eyes, working with this blue-green color palette, and the juxtaposition of the urban vs lush, natural settings. I also had the pleasure of designing the title typography for the book.

Jared Battaglia had these kind words to say about his experience working with me:

“Rachel Perciphone is an incredibly talented illustrator who masterfully brought my characters to life for the Children of Dr. Moreau book cover. Her impressive creations and quality of work exceeded my expectations. There’s a timeless quality to the magnetic book cover she created that reminded me of wandering the library as a young reader and being inspired to open the pages of a book by the captivating cover art I saw.

Whether potential readers are strolling the aisles of a local bookseller or scrolling websites, today’s authors require eye-catching high impact book covers to stand out. Rachel delivered exactly what I needed, and she was a pleasure to work with!”

Rachel Perciphone
Haddonfield, USA

Fantasy Artist & Book Cover Illustrator. I create empowering fantasy art that encourages the viewer to confidently explore their own stories for book covers and anywhere magica… Show more.

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Member since 29th May, 2019
Inclusion in Infected By Art Vol. 6 & Vol. 8, Honorary Mention at Phillustration Show (2017)
David Pepose, G. A. Finocchiaro, Red Stylo Media, A Sound Of Thunder, Jeff Battaglia
When I first discovered Rachel's work on Twitter, I was blown away, and immediately contacted her for illustrated portraits for my fantasy series The O.Z. To say Rachel lived up to her reputation is an understatement — she is a true unicorn, able to deliver high-quality work under a tight timetable, all while incorporating any edits with a wonderfully collaborative and professional attitude. As someone constantly seeking out fresh artistic talent, I am already looking forward to working with Rachel again, and I would enthusiastically recommend her for any illustrated project.
— David Pepose, Ringo Award-Winning Writer of Spencer & Locke, The O.Z., Scout's Honor