The Allotment Almanac Book Illustrations

Back in February I was commissioned by Transworld Publishing (a division of the Random House Group) to Illustrate the wrap-around cover and chapter title pages for ‘The Allotment Almanac’, the second book by BBC Radio 2 resident allotment expert, Terry Walton.

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Full Wrap-around Cover Artwork:

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(The empty space is to accommodate the info on the spine and blurb on the back).

Below are a few of the sketches/compositions we explored before settling on the design that became the cover.

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I also created some cut paper typography for the title but it was decided that it was a bit too busy and took the focus away from the other Illustrations (great Art Direction on their part as although it was fun to create, it did look too busy with this collaged type in place).

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Some of the interior spot Illustrations…

 

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So much fun working on this project and it also gave me the chance to create some food related collages – subject matter I’d been thinking for ages would work well in the collage medium.

Special thanks to Tom Poland from Transworld Publishing for the great Art Direction.