Making the cover
We’ve been desperate to get a Hattie Stewart original on our cover for ages, and when the stars finally aligned for us – a character design feature by CA favourite Lisa Hassell and a window in Hattie’s mega-busy schedule – we celebrated by inviting the undisputed Queen of doodlebombs to craft us a very special wraparound cover.
“The Character theme of the issue was perfect for me (obviously) so I wanted to bring all of my characters together on the cover for one big happy party,” Hattie explained to us, “as well as to showcase one of the sections of my new interactive illustration I Don’t Have Time for This”.
This just happens to be the title of Hattie’s solo exhibition currently showing at the NOW Gallery in London (which we’ll be talking about next month). Needless to say, with preparations for this show plus innumerable other projects, it was something of a miracle that Hattie found time for us.
“It’s a rare opportunity to be given free reign on such a brilliant canvas, so I’m super grateful to Computer Arts for this opportunity and for their continued support of me and my work.”
We’re absolutely over the moon with Hattie’s cover, and delighted to say that we have now been well and truly doodlebombed.
Top: Early mood designs by Hattie perfectly addressed our thorough brief (“Just do whatever you want please, Hattie”).
Left: The artist and illustrator at her London studio, surrounded by just a small sampling of her vast output.
Below: Our finished wraparound cover image. “The characters and motifs were all hand-drawn and then scanned, edited and composited in Photoshop, all pretty straightforward!” If you say so, Hattie…