'Stories For Book Lovers' picture book. Publisher: Alma
I was commissioned to illustrate a book of selected stories by renowed authors such as Fitzgerald or Chéjov. The common thread of the stories is the literary world in its broader sense. I made 16 illustrations (7 double and 9 single pages), cover, endpapers and some spot illustrations
The publisher wanted a cover with 'books and a blanket, something cosy and classical, a reading corner'. I chose an early century typography for the title. The form of the character, the cat and the blanket could remind us of a classical dressed woman. To increase this mood, I drawed a bookcase as a decorative geometrical element covering the front and the back; its contour was printed in gold.
As the publisher wanted a colorful cover I chose the same yellow I used on the inside illustrations and some more colours with the same colour range.
Here are some inside illustrations. I chose not to use grayscale to achieve stronger images, using the yellow colour in a symbolic/poetic way.