ILLUSTRATIONS MADE FOR PUBLISHERS
I do a lot of editorial illustrations for book covers, thumbnails and pictograms from the inside of the book to the illustration of its cover. I always find this time exciting. It is often a real collaboration between the illustrator, the publisher and even the author.
The cover illustration is very important for the success of the project. It distils subtle information in the form of images or texts that will help future readers to get an idea of the book they have before their eyes in bookstores or on the internet. Whether it’s a novel, a youth book, a cookbook or any other publishing project, the cover will either motivate them – or not! – to delve into their reading or to offer the book to a loved one.
FASHION BOOKS OR COOKBOOKS
I have also illustrated several covers for cookbooks and gastronomy books (for example “coup de food” by Farida), covers for books that talk about beauty tips and fashion (“Be stylish” by the Indian stylist Pernia Qureshi released from India Book House) as well as books dealing with wellness and health (“C’est top pour ma ligne” (It’s great for my waist) by Editions Marie-France), and ecology (“Le guide la nana Bio” (The guide of the organic woman) by Editions Eyrolles ) …
YOUTH BOOKS AND OBJECTS
I also draw covers for children’s books. I have done illustrations for the Editions Plon, Pocket, and also for Hachette Editions, especially for Meg Cabot novels such as “The Diary of a Princess,” “Anna and her ghost ” by Franck Krebs…
I also make illustrations for A range of objects or products. I created pictures for board games, accessories (customization of Delsey luggage at Galeries Lafayettes for example) and collections of clothes. I also do more personal things in self-publishing and in limited series: cushions, boxes, aprons! I make very small series (20 or 50 at a time) just for the pleasure of making the objects and therefore they are generally sold before being they’re even produced … I also do illustrations printed on to canvas, numbered and signed, or on paper like those exhibited at the Lafayette Galleries or at the Best Fashion Illustrative Fashion Show. Contact me if these creations interest you, I could tell you what I have or if new series are in anticipation!
IllUSTRATIONS FOR EDITING, PUBLISHING HOUSES :
Simon & Schuster (USA), Dominique et Compagnie (Canada), India Book House (India), Plon, Pocket, Hachette Editions, Marie-France (France), First Editions (France).
Illustrator Blog Book Cover / edition / Lucy Edge / 08/28/2015
I really enjoyed illustrating the book cover illustration for Lucy Edge, an English novelist who got in contact with me last spring.
Here is what she wrote me : “‘It’s the way you combine character, style and humour that really appeals to me. I would love to know all of your girls – and that’s a great quality in a book cover! Please can we talk? I would love to work with you.
A feminine, bold and fashion woman for the book cover illustration
Her book tells the story of a young dynamic woman named Meg who enjoys doing yoga. I really liked the blend between the yoga atmosphere and the energy of the books heroin. She’s very feminine, bold and has got good fashion sense. She goes on a trip from London to Los Angeles, falls in love…
Energy, style, atmosphere
illustration de couverture pour Down Dog Millionaire
Lucy knew what she wanted : energy, the art to styling outfits, hair styles, accessories, architecture of cities… She was very precise which enabled me to quickly do a sketch which she approved of, and then make the book cover illustration.
To symbolize the energy of our heroin I drew her walking all over her birth city of London on the left hand side of the cover and on the right, her taking on Los Angeles.
Yes it’s true that her legs are a little misshaped !
After trying numerous background colours for this book cover illustration : White, Yellow, Blue, we finally chose a light faded Blue which would start of cloudy in London and starry in Los Angeles where our heroin ends up !
Here is the author’s post about the making off the cover book : she talks about the making of the illustration, but also about the graphic design.
A comment from the author :
“I found Solene by searching Google. I was looking for someone who could create a loveable heroine with lots of energy and a sense of fun. I also wanted lots of glamour and a sense of spanning two cities – London and LA. Solene did not disappoint. From the first Skype call to final delivery she was a joy to work with. She really listened and understood what I was trying to communicate; watching my heroine come to life on the page was so exciting and I couldnt be more thrilled with the result”. Lucy Edge