Tag: Book Illustration

Illustrating Folly

Posted on 26/11/2014

Artist Matthew Richardson on how he created a visual rhetoric to match Erasmus’s In Praise of Folly. Folly of Clergy The most striking feature of Eramus’ writing is his use of rhetoric in recasting an …

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Artist Bill Bragg on illustrating Trollope

Posted on 11/11/2014

Bill Bragg, illustrator of the Folio Society’s new editions of The Warden and Barchester Towers, talks about depicting Trollope’s ingenious characterisations. One of Braggs’s illustrations in The Foli …

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Ewan Clayton on illustrating In Parenthesis

Posted on 06/10/2014

Ewan Clayton. (© Geoffrey Morgan, with permission of the David Jones Estate) When I began to work on my illustrations for David Jones’s In Parenthesis I was acutely aware that I was treading on hallow …

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The human side of Nineteen Eighty-Four

Posted on 03/09/2014

I first read George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four in my early twenties. I was struck by its powerful ideas and have found them impossible to shake off. The book creates a brutal world in which an oppr …

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Jonathan Burton on Illustrating Fiction

Posted on 15/05/2014

When interpreting a book, an illustrator has to balance his own imagination with the responsibility he has to the story and the reader. In my own work, to avoid being over-imposing, I allow certain ch …

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Illustrating Life, the Universe and Everything

Posted on 24/03/2014

Jonathan Burton, the illustrator of Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe and the (just published) Life, the Universe and Everything, walks us …

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Illustrating Fear and Trembling

Posted on 14/02/2014

Paul Scheruebel’s illustrations for our edition of Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling are some of the most unconventional and arresting in our latest selection of books. Scheruebel has taken the central …

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Illustrating Finnegans Wake

Posted on 24/01/2014

The Folio Society’s edition of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake has just been published – discover John Vernon Lord’s exceptional illustrations and look inside his fascinating notebooks. ‘I have put the l …

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Sara Ogilvie and John Lawrence in conversation

Posted on 06/03/2013

For the new issue of FOLIO magazine our art director, Sheri Gee, asked two of our favourite artists to discuss their approach to book illustration. John Lawrence and Sara Ogilvie held the following em …

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Making the Shortlist

Posted on 05/10/2012

Fantastic news for us this autumn is that three Folio Society editions of The Handmaid’s Tale, Fahrenheit 451 and The Bhagavad Gita have been shortlisted in the Literature category of the British Book …

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Folio artist wins at V&A Illustration Awards

Posted on 18/06/2012

The other night I was at the V&A Illustration Awards because Matthew Richardson had been nominated for the Best Illustrated Book Cover Award for his work on our edition of The Outsider. Actually – …

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Folio artist wins at V&A Illustration Awards

Posted on 18/06/2012

The other night I was at the V&A Illustration Awards because Matthew Richardson had been nominated for the Best Illustrated Book Cover Award for his work on our edition of The Outsider. Actually – …

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Getting it right – Accuracy in Illustration

Posted on 18/01/2012

  Illustration by Ben Cain, from The War of the End of the World When an illustrator interprets a text it is assumed that the end result should match the author’s description. So if the text says …

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