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DOROTHY SAYERS
Strong Poison
1979

In this cover for Hearst’s Lord Peter Wimsey series of murder mysteries, the murder weapon is in plain sight. I often rented props, such as the silver coffee pot & chafing dish, but many pieces were my own, such as the lace. I often took SX-70 Polaroids of set-ups for reference. Everyday objects and disembodied hands within a close-cropped cinematic frame are meant to create a feeling of menace and mystery.

Watercolor, Prismacolor Colored Pencils on cold-pressed board.

Cover to Strong Poison