WIA2021: Professional Book Covers Category Longlist Highlights

Discover some fantastic Professional highlights on the WIA2021 Book Covers longlist in this curated list. Featuring illustration for book covers in a range of genres, there is bold and striking imagery designed to entice readers in an exciting range of styles..

The World Illustration Awards 2021 Longlist features 500 projects by New Talent and Professional illustrators from all over the world across ten categories. This year, the awards celebrate great illustration! Read on to see our Professional Book Covers Category Longlist Highlights – and if you’d like to learn more, click through to see the full project and contact information!

This book cover is a homage to Stephen King as part of a personal project illustrating some of the artist’s favourite books by the author. It is created using layered paper cuts, with bright colours contrasting with the dark themes of the book.

Meg Wileman studied Illustration at The University of the West of England and is now a freelance illustrator.

This book cover gives a sense of the wrongness of the world that the characters find themselves in. The ‘7’ constructed from an overgrown cityscape shows the enormity of the characters’ situation.

David Curtis is an Illustrator and Designer living in Brooklyn, New York , where he is Design Manager at HarperCollins, as well as a freelance illustrator.

Mari was commissioned by Komora Publishing to create a cover for the Ukrainian edition of Finnish novel “Dog Park”, written by Sofi Oksanen. The artwork was created using ink and gouache, with digital details.

Mari Kinovych is a Ukraine-based artist, working and living in Kyiv.

The Way Under Our Feet Full Book Cover Artwork

This cover was made in response to a brief set by designer Dan Simpkins, to illustrate parts of the journey described in the book The Way Under Our Feet. The artwork was created using the scratchboard or scraperboard technique

Joe is a freelance illustrator, living and working in Rochester. His recent clients include Penguin, Faber, Random House, Orion, Folio, Portobello, Whites Books, John Murray, Oxford, Vintage, The Times, The Guardian and The Financial Times.

This wraparound book cover for a children’s novel responded to a brief by publisher Bloomsbury for an image of three children in the Welsh valleys during WW2, conveying a sense of mystery and adventure.

David lives in the north of England and has been working as an illustrator, primarily in children’s publishing and has illustrated covers for nearly 140 books.

Sam was commissioned by Serpent’s Tail to illustrate the cover of Kaouther Adimi’s latest novel, which is a moving celebration of books, bookshops and of those who dare to dream.

Sam Kalda is an illustrator and artist based in The USA. His clients include The New York Times, The New Yorker, Facebook, Penguin Random House, and The Guardian, among others.

This self-initiated illustration for Orwell’s classic novel 1984 takes the idea of a hive-mind symbolising the collective acceptance of misinformation.

Bryan Kosciolek is based in the USA. In 2018, he graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD) with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art (illustration).


This book cover was created for graphic novel Summer Spirit published by Nobrow. It’s a young adults comic with supernatural events. The illustration was created with pencil and China ink, finished in photoshop.

Elizabeth Holleville is a comic book artist based in Strasbourg, France.

If you enjoyed reading this curated list, why not explore the full WIA2021 Longlist for more inspiration!


16th July 2021
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