A Kingston student has illustrated the cover of the latest paperback by Booker Prize-winning novelist Sir Salman Rushdie.
Sir Salman and his publishers Random House were so impressed by 22-year-old Ben Tobitt’s work – entered in an animation competition run jointly by the publisher and Kingston University – that they commissioned him to produce the cover for Luka and the Fire of Life.
Ben set out to produce a bright, colourful design that would catch people’s eye.
“I wanted to tap into the Boy’s Own adventure feel of the book. The cover needed to be bold and exciting, promising adventure and magic inside.”
Last October, Random House invited a group of Kingston’s third year Illustration and Animation students to meet Sir Salman and produce a set of short animated films based on one of the chapters in the novel. In December, the students met the writer again and he selected the film he enjoyed most. But before the second meeting, the publisher approached Ben and asked him to design the cover.
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