Illustration & Design


Heidi Book Cover

2016. Drawn with pencil and digitally colored in Photoshop.

A project that was part of the Recovering the Classics exhibit in St. Louis's own 50x50 campaign, which involved a community of local artists rebranding classic novels with modern cover designs. More information on the project itself can be found at

I was excited to be a part of this project, and I chose the novel Heidi by Johanna Spyri, as it was influential to my childhood. 

I decided to portray an image of Heidi more true to the book's descriptions than the blonde-haired, blue-eyed depictions often featured on covers and in movies. Heidi is a bright-eyed, dark-haired sprite full of curiosity and spunk, and when I was younger I imagined her looking much like myself, tanned and tough as she was from all her time outdoors. I wanted the cover to represent how Heidi felt she belonged in nature, amongst the flowers and grass and trees, as the book is shaped around this love and how it affects her life. I created this vision of the character and a composition that I felt could convey her precocious humor and fun. I wanted to create a simple but youthful and colorful interpretation of the book that could capture the attention of young and older readers alike. 

The book covers were printed and showcased as 24x36 inch posters in the John M. Olin Library on the Washington University in St. Louis school campus. Selected designs, including my own, were printed and distributed as postcards. The original poster is currently featured in the Law Library on campus.

Myself with the final poster, with notable glee.

A gif displaying stages of the editing process upon revisiting the project several months later. 

The newly revised version of the poster.