Hi, I'm Jane!
Jane Mount is an illustrator/designer/writer/thingmaker, and particularly makes things for people who love books. She is the founder of Ideal Bookshelf, and the author and illustrator of Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany (Chronicle Books, 2018), and the illustrator and co-author (with Jamise Harper) of Bibliophile: Diverse Spines (Chronicle Books, 2021) and My Ideal Bookshelf (Little, Brown, 2012). She lives in a log cabin on Maui with her husband, three weird cats, and a speckled dog.
Other Illustration Work
I draw a lot of stuff besides books, often for clients, sometimes for myself, and you can see a bunch here. Is my work a fit for your next project? Let me know!
Recent Book Recs
I try to read a lot, and listen to audiobooks even more, and would love to tell you about some of the ones I've really loved over the past few years.
See the Magic Happening
I painted the cover of The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (a truly excellent book BTW, read it!), to feature it in my new book with Jamise Harper, Bibliophile: Diverse Spines. Here's a very sped-up (I wish I could paint this fast!) time-lapse video of the process. I try to paint without any pencil sketch (except for the outline of the book shape) underneath when I can; it adds to the challenge and I learn more that way.
Want a drawing of a book you wrote? Your favorite book? Your client's book for pub day?
The very best thing about living in Hawai'i is that I see rainbows VERY OFTEN. I've made a little collection of rainbowed items you can buy. I donate some proceeds (the amount varies by item) from each sale to the Maui Humane Society.
I make small ceramic animals that you can put on your desk or keep in your pocket for confidence or luck or love or all the good things.