Celia Arellano | Murakami Book Covers
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Art, Design, Editorial, Illustration
About This Project

Hand–drawn illustrations and designs for the covers of three novels by Haruki Murakami:  “The Wind-up Bird Chronicle”, “Kafka on the Shore” and “Norwegian Wood”.


I wanted the illustrations to have a detailed, delicate feel. I intended to convey the melancholic, elegant and somewhat surrealistic style of the Japanese author, as well as the highly aesthetic world that he creates in his stories.


The bird and fish illustrations in two of the covers are a direct reference to the author’s use of animals, which seem to be central and strongly symbolic elements of most of his books.