Gorey is typically described as an illustrator. His books may be found in the humor and cartoon sections of major bookstores, but books such as The Object Lesson have earned serious critical respect as works of surrealist art. His experimentation—creating books that were wordless, books that were literally matchbox-sized, pop-up books, books entirely populated by inanimate objects
His seem to border on the macabre.
ANALYSING PAST DESIGNS FOR ‘TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
LUIS. E. QUEVEDO
Luis’ approach to the book cover design is one I appreciate a lot as it is obvious he tried to abstract from the regular idea of using the mocking bird. Rather, he draws inspiration from the hole in the tree, whilst making the hole in the shape of the the mockingbird.
The hole is significant because it is the connecting point between Boo radley and the children (Jem and Scout). He then went the extra mile to utilise clay to create the textured surface of the tree, photographing to create the design. Embossing the bird to actually create texture was an ingenious approach.
A minimalist color scheme of black and white was chosen to highlight this classic novel. In view of the fact that there is an emphasis in To Kill a Mockingbird on the power of the words we speak, a typographic illustration style was chosen as the best solution for illustrating the meaningful themes of the story. A sleeve was created to not only protect the pristine white cover, but also to provide distinction for this enduring story after many decades of its release, emphasising the staying power the book has had on many.
In addition to the above, the attached links are more examples of unique interpretations of the book by illustrators;
Sebastian Andreas https://www.behance.net/gallery/12352681/To-Kill-a-Mockingbird