Last week the awesome writer Laura Hounsom (Stark Holborn) tagged me for the next big thing project so here is my contribution. How it works is: An author/illustrator answers the questions below on his/her blog and then tags up to 5 other writers/illustrators to do the same the following Wednesday.
1. What is the working title of your next book?
Men, Myths and Monsters.
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
I have always been fascinated by stories and tales from the past. I spend hours on Wikipedia or reading through historical books and jotting down notes on characters that I find interesting. I wanted to produce illustrations of all those personalities, so I thought why not produce a book profiling all of their stories through portraits and providing some info about their lives.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
Historical and illustrated book
4. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Illustrated book profiling characters from history reinterpreted in my own style.
5. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
6. How long did it take you to illustrate the first draft?
At this stage I have completed about 4 of the final illustrations, such as Simon Sudberry, but I’m really hoping to get about 20 drawings produced for the final book by early next year and have it available for sale on my on-line shop.
7. Who or what inspired you to illustrate this book?
The books of Arthur Rackham, especially his reinterpretation of fables and myths, hugely inspired me. Also the illustrations in Vania Zouravliov’s Art Book constantly amaze me. I’m greatly influenced by Victorian book etching too and would love it if the final book had that kind of feel about it.
8. What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
I am really hoping to get this book produced as a hard back and would like to make it quite a large volume. To feature in my book I have chosen a diverse range of characters such as; a fallen archbishop, war torn explorer, a love struck writer, and a voodoo queen.
Next weeks nomination is the very talented Jack Teagle.
Jack is a freelance illustrator, painter and comic artist based in the South West of England.
He graduated from the University of Plymouth in 2009 with a degree in Design: Illustration. Since graduating Jack has released his first published comic with Nobrow Press: Jeff Job Hunter and has exhibited his paintings worldwide in group shows as well as solo shows in Porto, Dublin and London.
Also nominated is the multi skilled Benjamin Wright.
His practice revolves around things he enjoys collecting and thinking
about. Overall the media he uses spans from the purely digital, to
observational drawing, and more recently to toy making with materials
such as resins and household fillers.
And the great writer Leah Squires. In the past she has explored poetry and journalism, but she is currently writing her first series of stories in the genre of gothic mystery/romance.