Thursday, 22 April 2010

Beowulf!

It's Here!



I've just received my copies of Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney, which I illustrated for The Folio Society. It's a beautiful book; quarter bound in leather, with a canvas cover blocked in gold with my Anglo Saxon-style knotwork design, gilded on the top page edge and presented in a gold-coloured slipcase that's also printed with my design (that one was a lovely surprise!).

Here are some sneak-peeks inside:




In the spirit of ancient manuscripts like The Lindisfarne Gospels, every page of the book is illustrated with either decorative borders or larger illustrations like the one above.


And as an added bonus I designed the logo too. You would not believe how excited I am about this book!

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

For The Love of An Orchard

I just received my copy of a book I worked on last year, it's called For The Love of An Orchard, and is littered with my illustrations all the way through (and if I do say so myself it looks ruddy marvelous!).



I see Bill Bryson's read it. You can't really tell on these photos, but those vertical green strips down the edge of the covers are silver embossed canvas. Nice. Here are a few little nuggets from inside as well:

Lovely end papers...






It's a nice sturdy hardback with good, thick pages, and as well as being a beautiful book, it's also incredibly informative, containing the history of different orchard fruits and their appearance in art and literature down the ages, growing and maintaining the trees, and recipes for each fruit (including some quince-based Tudor aphrodisiacs!).
It's out now, check it out on amazon.