I have been working with a Mexican publishing company for the past few months to illustrate a Spanish translation of the classic American novel, “The Great Gatsby”. This is the cover, and there are 22 interior illustrations which I will post some of soon! I will also be sure to let you know when the book is available for purchase (if you’re interested, but again, it’s in Spanish).
wow I’m in love with the cover
Oooh, I like this cover! The hat covering half of his face is very apt, considering Gatsby’s reputation as a man of mystery who few people actually know much about.
The emphasis on the hat itself is pretty interesting, too, as it recalls the prefacing quote to the novel. In fact, one of the titles Fitzgerald originally considered was Gold-Hatted Gatsby, before his wife Zelda convinced him to go with The Great Gatsby.
Gatsby looks like a serial killer here. I mean, a big part of Gatsby’s character (IMO) is supposed to be that he’s young and stupid and infatuated, and he builds up this whole fantasy around Daisy because he has this huge misconception about what love really is.
And when he’s with Daisy, you should see that, I think. I get that they were going for all of the conflicted emotions in this scene, which is good, but I guess I’m not really seeing the right emotions? I’m not seeing the misguided hope or the adoration. He just sort of looks hurt, or like he wants to stab her. Granted, I spent the majority of The Great Gatsby wanting to stab Daisy, but I’m pretty sure Gatsby isn’t actually supposed to share the sentiment.