The Furies of the Tango

This is derived from an Art Nouveau book illustration by George Barbier for a book entitled La Guirlande des Mois (published 1917). The original drawing was in pen and watercolour and has been reproduced in a variety of tonal variations. I have kept relatively true to the colour of the original, but redrawn it soContinue reading “The Furies of the Tango”

A Good Book – is a friend for life

This poster is derived from an Art Nouveau advertising poster which I have always admired. The original was by Koloman Moser and produced around 1900. The printing process for the original poster would have limited the design to relatively simple blocks of only seven colour and was used in advertising for an illustrated book. IContinue reading “A Good Book – is a friend for life”

How to do Sex Properly

It seems like a lifetime ago that I was involved in this book (sometime in the early 1980s). I worked freelance for a book packager at the time. They would put a concept together and see if if they could get a publisher interested. The book concept would be sold before it had been fullyContinue reading “How to do Sex Properly”

Will and Ned’s Adventure in Space

A few years ago I wrote and illustrated a picture book purely for my grandchildren. Picking it up again in an idle moment I realised that it could be re-written and re-illustrated for a wider audience. So I did that, packaged up the new version and sent it to a couple agents. The response wasContinue reading “Will and Ned’s Adventure in Space”

Book design in Word

This is a long post, but it covers everything you need to change your original manuscript into a professional file for self-publication. All the stages are done as step-by-step guides. Follow the guides and it should all work out fine. A FEW BASIC TERMS The most important task in preparing your book is to makeContinue reading “Book design in Word”