Tag: Book Illustration

This Folio Life: Bringing Madame Bovary to life

Posted on 14/07/2020

Folio’s stunning limited edition of Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary features a series of breathtaking oil paintings from French artist Nushka. In this blog, Nushka explains how she used live models i …

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This Folio Life: Recreating one of literature’s most imaginative books

Posted on 04/06/2020

In our latest blog we explore an ancient bookmaking technique that ensured our limited edition The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman was a truly authentic tribute to the original novel. …

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This Folio Life: Larkin about with photography

Posted on 20/05/2020

Our edition of the collected poems of Philip Larkin features a striking geometric binding design from London printmaker Richard Peacock. In this blog, Richard explains how he revisited Larkin’s poetry …

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This Folio Life: Creating The Story of Babar

Posted on 07/04/2020

Every Folio edition goes on a long and fascinating journey before its publication day, but Babar’s travels were particularly adventurous. Our story begins about five years ago in The Morgan Library …

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This Folio Life: Carry On New Orleans

Posted on 19/11/2019

Our edition of John Kennedy Toole’s Pulitzer Prize-winning A Confederacy of Dunces features a dazzling fanfare of illustrations from BAFTA-award-winning animator and illustrator Jonny Hannah. In this …

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This Folio Life: Unmasking the Phantom

Posted on 31/10/2019

Our edition of Gaston Leroux’s gothic horror novel The Phantom of the Opera features arresting full-colour illustrations from artist Taylor Dolan. In this blog, Taylor guides us through her artistic m …

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This Folio Life: Bringing Ubik to life

Posted on 02/10/2019

Our edition of Philip K. Dick’s hallucinogenic Ubik features equally mind-bending design and illustrations. In this blog, art studio La Boca explore their artwork for this edition, from the die-cut sl …

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This Folio Life: The journey behind the artwork of Anansi Boys

Posted on 15/02/2019

Our new edition of Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys is everything I hope for in a Folio edition, and is the result of years of exceptional creative endeavour from everyone involved. From the author to the ed …

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This Folio Life: The challenge of illustrating The Kama Sutra

Posted on 03/07/2018

Back in 2014, when Folio art director Sheri Gee was chairing a panel discussion at the Society of Illustrators in New York, she asked the panellists: ‘If you could illustrate any book, what would it b …

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This Folio Life: A Diary of Engraving Maigret

Posted on 18/05/2018

It can be easy to forget just how much work our illustrators put into our editions. We exclaim over the stunning final results, but the polished artwork hides days, weeks and often months of painstaki …

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This Folio Life: Researching Horatio Hornblower

Posted on 08/05/2018

Joe McLaren, working in consultation with Brian Lavery, former curator of Maritime History at the National Museum, Greenwich, created a series of characterful illustrations that convey the drama and s …

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This Folio Life: Illustrating East of Eden

Posted on 29/11/2017

Sheri Gee, Art Director at The Folio Society, was particularly pleased when East of Eden was announced as the winner of Folio’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Fiction Competition – she has been nudging the edit …

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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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Illusive Treasure | Illustrating Treasure Island

Posted on 22/10/2014

Sterling Hundley, illustrator of The Folio Society’s new edition of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, recounts the perils of creating new artwork for a novel with a rich illustrative history. …

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Illusive Treasure | Illustrating Treasure Island

Posted on 22/10/2014

Sterling Hundley, illustrator of The Folio Society’s new edition of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, recounts the perils of creating new artwork for a novel with a rich illustrative history. …

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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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