Yesterday, I heard on the news that reading a bedtime story is on the decline with a study suggesting that bedtime reading has dropped by almost a third in a generation. Although, I have to admit that I cannot remember what bedtime stories were read to me...(too long ago now!) I cannot imagine a life without books...
Enid Blyton was always one of my favourite authors when I was old enough to be able to choose my own books, with visits to the book shop or local library a delight...Still is today. But, as a designer it got me thinking in this visual and technological era, it seems more important than ever that the book cover illustration / photograph grabs and holds the attention of the reader, encouraging them to pick up the book in the first place; helping children and adults alike to enjoy the delights of a world of words brought to life by our own imaginations...and the voices of the characters.
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In this space which has no ceilings, walls or doors... I would like to invite you in, and share with you some of the simple things in life which help to inspire my illustration work, from music to the places and spaces we call home...