Emily Carroll is a Canadian artist, she drew her first web comic in May
2010. Then a year later, she won the Joe Shuster Award for
Outstanding Web Comics Creator.
She has been featured on The Comics
Reporter, Robot 6, Scott McCloud’s Blog, Comics Alliance, and others.
She has a collection of short stories book coming out next July; THROUGH THE WOODS, being published by Margaret K. McElderry books.
She says on her website that she experiments with
different mark making through ink spills and paper treatments etc then
scans them in to overlay her digital work to give it a more "organic"
Emily's story-telling through her web comics are
and thought-provoking and her artwork has a fairy tale charm about them
despite the unsettling content - I could easily spend hours going
through her work (in fact I did.) The hand drawn type really works well
with her illustrations - there's a balance like they belong together
(this is something I want to achieve in my own work.) I also love the
fact that she utilizes the internet as a medium in
part of her comics.
casualoptimist.com's "50 Covers of 2013" reinforces my conclusion that typography is the driving force of book cover illustration at the moment. The covers are either entirely typographical or the main focus of the illustration. I feel like my "Skin" cover is on track with contemporary illustration but needs more work.
practising digital line work with my new wacom tablet... I'm getting
there slowly - this is the first finished thing that I'm kinda happy
with... If anyone has any ideas for colours or what to do next with her
I'd much appreciate any input :)
I had a paint page scrap (where there was too much paint so I squished two pages together to make an abstract paint thing?) that just so happened to make skin-like tones - perfect to go with the cut out text I was playing about with.
Here's the scan:
I like how minimal it is and think it would stand out well on a book shelf. It's very different to what I usually do but for the first time in a while I enjoyed what I was doing and just went with it.
'A celebration of the very best in independent publishing, this event
will include speakers, panel discussions, workshops and a fair. Volume
is being produced in collaboration with a number of Birmingham arts
organisations, showcasing the wealth and breadth of publishing expertise
in the region. Each organisation will produce a panel, contributing to
some of the debates currently critical in the fields of publishing,
bookmaking and writing.' - Volume Fair - libraryofbirmingham.com
Some peeps that interested me the most and I did not buy a load of stuff from...
I had so much fun and got so inspired to create more. It's a shame the 'make it then tell everybody' panel was on the Saturday and not the Friday we were there. It was great to see what contemporary illustrators were doing and how zines worked for them as a promotional/creative vehicle for their distribution. I'm definitely going to create lots of quality work in the hope of having a stall with some friends at a future event. :)
Parot, winner of “The Book Challenge”, episode three of the Season 1 “Work of a Art: The Next Great Artist” had his illustration put into publication as part of the Penguin Books 75th Anniversary Celebration...
Anyway, for some reason it came across my mind and I looked it up and realised how I could go about the sea in my illustration...
Yesterday, practising Illustrator and ex HCA student Jessica Johnson gave a talk on her work and career since leaving Kingston University then spent the day with our group. Her work was adorable and I had some good advice about the the book cover work. She pointed out the thumbnail sketch I did of the boat that had a lot of space around it and said that it would work nicely for a cover - so I'm taking her advice and going with that idea.
must produce a front cover image for each of the TWO
books from which the stories have been taken.
cover should include the authors name and the title of the story
including the spine where the text is of course repeated. You must
your new In-Design skills to mock up the page with text and image in
Remember your job is to set the scene, create intrigue,
and give a taste of the text, but never to give too much away.
According to The Fundamentals of Illustration (Lawrence Zeegen/Crush), 'some of the best work created combines techniques that encompass simple bold drawing and a system reduction - ensuring that simplicity communicates the narrative.' How relevant is the saying; 'don't judge a book by it's cover'? There has to be a balance between the overall appeal of the design in relation to it's target audience and the visual communication of the text that doesn't give too much away. That's what makes someone pick up a book instead of another. Successful book covers are simply a vital marketing tool.
Having looked through the AOI artist portfolios under 'book publishing', I have concluded that successful contemporary book illustration consists mainly of shapes and form and little use on line work. Illustrators that I feel stood out the most were Nick Morely, Darren hopes and Laura Barrett.
HELLO! My name’s Rhi and I’m currently a month into the second year of studying
Illustration at degree level and this is my blog that’s dedicated to my
course work. I’m aiming to keep it updated weekly and include research,
written summaries, progress work, and finished pieces on current project
'Rhitown' is inspired by Emi Lenox's 'Emitown: A Sketch Diary' (which I
recommend you look up RIGHT NOW… in another tab of course) so throughout
the course I'll be putting up some character doodles/short comics on
life's little goings ons to lighten up the seriousness of coursework.
Hope you enjoy my ramblings and progress throughout the course :)