I had many different ideas for 'Cuckoo's Nest' but eventually decided to go with the idea of a tangled head image (representing the chaos of the mind) with a bird (a recurring symbol in the book) escaping on the back cover. My original idea was to have the tangles as wires coming from a machine... but that eventually disappeared as the idea developed. I decided to create the image using lino block print.
Both prints were then scanned in and tweaked on Photoshop and the text added.
This was my first attempt at book covers and the Penguin Design competition and it was something I really enjoyed doing.