Mak­ing the cover

Computer Arts - - Cover Artist -

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.

PHO­TO­GRAPH: Jenny Lewis

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…

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