Book Illustration For Budding Illustrators

A recent invitation to show my work to illustration degree students has prompted me to share my past book illustration work, techniques and process here.

Below I have shared the different stages of each artwork for my Angela Carter book illustrations and book jacket work. The work was first developed from characters drawn and textures made in my sketchbooks. Using collage, a light tablet and an inkjet printer, I developed the characters in scenes, layer by layer until I was happy with the finished piece.

I formatted the finished artwork files to the Folio Society competition brief specifications using my scanner and iMac. My scanner is amazing. It has outlasted my iMac and inkjet printer.

Through drawing, collage, frottage and inkjet printing I was able to create handmade layers and play with focus. I would often shift the layer registrations and double up transparent layers to make drawn areas look a bit wrong and out of focus. By building layers of tracing paper, I was able to ‘veil’ areas to push them back. I would whiteout other parts of drawings to pull them forwards. Whitening areas out also created clear areas so that, when all layers were sandwiched together and inkjet printed the coloured inkjet paper showed through from the bottom to the top layer showing areas of bright colour.

Book and book jacket cover illustrations by Nicola Rowsell

The Bloody Chamber & Other Stories by Angela Carter


The Company of Wolves by Angela Carter

Puss in Boots by Angela Carter

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter


The Outsider by Camus – Book Illustration

“..the people gradually disappeared, until the street was deserted again and the first cat walked slowly across it.”

Book Illustration for ‘The Outsider’ by Albert Camus as part of my entry for a February 2011 competition run by The House of Illustration in partnership with The Folio Society.

Pencil and digital colour.

Whats on my Drawing Board? The House of Illustration and The Folio Society..

..have put a call out for entries for illustrators to make some illustrations for one of my most loved books. Yes! I got to this this late so I am working hard and enjoying it. What do i most like to do? Simple things like reading, thinking and drawing so this is the perfect project for me. The Folio Society publish beautiful editions of brilliant books. It also is looking like The House of Illustration is moving towards being a full bodied center for illustration which is exciting..

The book? The Outsider by Albert Camus, wonderful.

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