Friday Night Flicks: Laura Bifano

This week’s featured illustrator is Vancouver-based Laura Bifano. As well as showcasing her work, the video contains useful tips if you are planning to live the freelance life.

 

 

It would be well worth spending a few minutes of your weekend checking out her website.

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… and on, and on, and …

I really did think I would have finished Nurture, not Nature this week, but I have not. I am, however, getting really close. This is what I left on my bench yesterday afternoon when it got too dark to continue working.

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Friday Night Flicks: Shelley Davies

Tonight’s flick features another illustrator, Canadian collage artist Shelley Davies. Her style is completely different from Yuko Shimizu (featured last week), though many of her design considerations in creating a piece are the same.

 

 

You might spend a few minutes this weekend looking through Shelley Davies’ website, or order one of her 1000 piece puzzles from Cobble Hill and spend several hours amusing yourself some time in the future.

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Finally, some finished things …

I actually finished some things this week.

My entry for the #areyoubookenough_mountain challenge —Volcano— was completed a day late on September 1, but it was completed.

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Friday Night Flicks: Portrait of Yuko Shimizu, Illustrator

The last two Friday Night Flicks have been about book cover design. Tonight’s video features illustrator Yuko Shimizu. She has designed book covers, but her design briefs extend beyond that field.

 

 

This weekend you might keep an eye open for the work of illustrators in the publications you encounter. You could also try your hand at illustrating a favourite story.

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More Slow Progress

The weather cooled off, but I didn’t speed up. I have started playing with the final layout for Nurture, not Nature though.

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Friday Night Flicks: Art Director Donna Payne on getting started with book cover illustration

In 2011 The Guardian and publishers Faber held a competition for 13 – 16 year old students to design a cover for the school edition of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. Payne’s talk about getting started in book cover design was made for this event. It features past covers of various editions of Lord of the Flies released by Faber over the years.

 

 

The Guardian published images of the twenty short-listed entries in February of 2012. You might spend a few minutes this weekend looking at them. You can decide if the judges picked the best entry. (The winner was the third image in the article.)

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We’re having a heat wave

and a drought. While the latter is bad for the garden, the former seems to be bad for my brain, so it was another slow week. I did get work done on …and still counting

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Friday Night Flicks: Coralie Bickford-Smith

I have posted a video from Gestalten previously. That one was about illustrator and map-maker Lucy Engelman. Tonight’s flick features Coralie Bickford-Smith. She is an in-house designer for Penguin Books and specializes in designing covers for series.

 

 

You might want to check your book collection this weekend to see if you have any of Bickford-Smith’s work on your shelves.

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Working at one quarter speed …

It has been a slow-ish week again, so the panels and strips for Nurture, not Nature have not been printed yet. I did fold a test strip to finalize the size of the nine square panels so all the layouts have been completed and are ready to go. Here’s the design for the central panel, composed of four rust prints.

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