Bruno Valasse
Shine - a hand screenprinted concertina book

Un-commissioned | New Talent

Why did you make this work:
I created Shine as my final project for the Children's Books Illustration MA at ARU. I wanted develop my storytelling in a way that would feel close to my personal experiences, so I based it on a childhood memory about the attraction I felt towards stars in rare –and sometimes scary– clear nights in Mexico City. It is a story about empathy, community and overcoming one self's fears.

How was the illustration used:
Shine is one of my final Children's Books Illustration MA projects

How did you make this work:
Shine is a three-colour, hand-screenprinted concertina-book. I drew all three layers and loose elements on drafting paper, which I then scanned along with ink-roller textures, to be assembled digitally. To produce the screenprints, I re-printed the images with a halftone so I could translate the tonal values and marks on the screen and keep them as close as possible to the original drawings.

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Anglia Ruskin University / Cambridge School of Arts
Children's Books Illustration MA
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Currently Based:
Cambridge, UK

Bruno Valasse born in Mexico City, where he studied a BA in Graphic Design, paving the way for 8 years of making posters, illustrations and book covers for publishers such as Penguin Random House MX, Harper Collins, Macmillan Castillo and Planeta, as well as museums and cultural institutions. He recently graduated from the Children's Book Illustration MA at the Cambridge School of Arts.