FROM HEREABOUT HILL
BOOKS BRONZE AWARD
2008 – IMAGES 32
Lucy Davey has been a freelance Illustrator since graduating from UWE in 2005. In that time she has created illustrations and lettering for over ninety book covers, as well as images for advertising, packaging and magazines. She lives in Bristol and is represented by the Artworks illustration agency.
The brief was to base my illustration on the poem. The book takes it's title from a wonderful description of a beautiful May day.
“I was delighted to be asked to create a cover for Michael Morpurgo's collection of short stories From Hereabout Hill. It was a real confidence boost to receive an award for my work at that early stage of my career and be featured in the annual alongside so many great illustrators. And I got to shake the hand of Quentin Blake at the ceremony!”
BRIEF: To create an illustration inspired by the poem From Hereabout Hill, a description of a perfect spring morning.
MATERIALS: Paint, print, drawing and digital.
RESEARCH: Birds and plants, English countryside, old railway posters.
PROCESS: Hand drawn elements scanned into Adobe Photoshop and coloured with scanned textures.
RESISTANCES: None really, my ideal sort of brief!
INSIGHT: I grew up in Devon and love being in nature, that informs my work.
DISTRACTIONS: There were less distractions when I illustrated this cover I think. Now there's Pinterest.
NUMBERS: 'it’s seven by the sun
and the time is the springtime
the first of the month and
the month must be May.'
FINAL THOUGHTS: It's always a bit strange to look back on old work; I would probably do it differently now. But I'm very proud to say I illustrated one of Morpurgo's wonderful books.