Tag: 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: 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: Restoring The Velveteen Rabbit

Posted on 13/09/2019

Folio had been keen to create a Folio Society Velveteen Rabbit for a while – but how best to shape a stand-out edition of this childhood favourite? The answer lay with inspiration from the very first …

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This Folio Life: How we crafted Utamaro’s blind blocking

Posted on 04/07/2019

One of the many challenges the Production team faced when undertaking to reproduce Kitagawa Utamaro’s Studies from Nature was how to recreate in our facsimile the texture of the relief printing, which …

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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: Recreating Cinderella and The Sleeping Beauty

Posted on 19/10/2018

Arthur Rackham is renowned throughout the world for his beautiful illustrations to some of the most famous fairy tales; images that enchant the reader. But it was on a recent research trip to New York …

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This Folio Life: A tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin

Posted on 05/09/2018

When Ursula K. Le Guin passed away in January of this year, the world lost one of the most original and sophisticated authors of the twentieth century. I had the pleasure of working with Ursula previo …

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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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This Folio Life: Celebrating The Little Prince

Posted on 03/10/2017

I had been hoping to publish a Folio edition of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince for years. The question was how to make it the definitive edition of this much-loved fable?  The answer to …

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The Weight of War and Peace

Posted on 23/02/2016

For readers, War and Peace is a considerable undertaking – over 1,500 pages and 500 characters to follow, and a sprawling narrative spanning multiple families and political regimes. For illustrators, …

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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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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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