A Tangled Web is a book by L. M. Montgomery, the author of Anne of Green Gables. Published in 1931, it told the tale of a feud between two families, which was caused by an argument over an inheritance – an antique jug.
The Brief: A Tangled Web
Hesperus Press had reprinted The Blue Castle – also written by L.M. Montgomery. The Blue Castle cover featured an image of a woman in a period dress. The client was keen for the new cover a A Tangled Web to feature something similar – a woman in an appropriate historical setting.
My design: A Tangled Web
As the events of the book took place in the 1920s, I tried to source a suitable image from that era. I discovered that finding an authentic period image, within the client’s budget to be difficult, so I looked for a vintage image instead – something that looked ‘timeless’. Since the plot of the book concerned a family argument, I chose an image that helped to give an impression of that. I thought that the young lady in the image looked like she could be spying on someone from behind the curtains.
I added some extra shading to the left side of the image and chose a classic serif typeface for the title and author name.