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Santa Barbara, Ca

I'm a full-time rambler and contract designer with as many skill sets in my quiver as there are plane tickets in my passbook. I've worked in ornamental iron, jigsaw puzzle design, bookmaking, glass engraving, and a variety of other mediums. I'm currently living out of a backpack as I trek my way around the world.


The Senescent Philosopher Speaks

Zak Erving

The Senescent Philosopher Speaks, November 2012 (Book can be purchased at Amazon)

Location: Santa Barbara, California

One of my first book covers for Amazon/Createspace was also an incredibly fun one. The client asked for Jacques-Louis Davíd's The Death of Socrates  to be present on the cover, which is a pretty common subject for books on philosophical musings (it's either that, or Raphael's School of Athens , which is doubly prevalent).

Still, I wanted to re-imagine the artwork/type, and after reading a hilarious portion of the book, I decided Socrates should get the superhero treatment. On the cover, the elements of his forced suicide are removed (the hemlock cocktail is conveniently isolated on the spine), and Socrates, surrounded by "action type," appears to be in the midst of a thundering speech, not uttering his final words ("Crito, we owe a cock to Asclepius.").  On the back, a despondent student holds his head in his hands, a sort of nod to the "not this story again" posture of bored youths hearing the same story from an elder.

Fun, no? 

You can pick up the book here, if you feel so inclined.