Élmer Mendoza is a Mexican author famous for telling the complicated story of the Mexican drug Cartels. In his trilogy of books, he explores drug violence in Mexico City through the eyes of a down and out detective, Lefty Mendieta.
I had the honor of designing the covers for these books. I worked closely with publisher Quercus Books to create Dia de Los Muertos themed covers. Bringing in imagery from the books and exploring Mexican culture I created a series of imagery that evokes the macabre and sets the tone for the ultra-violent novels.
I really enjoyed to process that went into these covers, I like exploring the culture, reading the books for insights, and learning the ropes of the publishing industry.