Cécile Simonis
The Return

Commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
I made this book during a residency at Inspace, University of Edinburgh. I created a story and poster that gave an insight into the work of scientists who use satellite data to measure forest biomass and monitor changes in forests. I wanted to create a story around the practical aspects of fieldwork, the emotions and thoughts of a scientist and their connection to the land.

How was the illustration used:
This is a self published graphic short story, sold online, in a local bookshop and at book fairs.

How did you make this work:
The comic is risograph printed in 3 colours (black, green and orange). It is 16 pages long. The illustrations were originally drawn with fine liners and grey markers, and the colour layers were created digitally. The book was printed in successive layers.

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The University of Edinburgh

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Cécile Simonis is a Belgian-British illustrator who studied illustration in Belgium and trained in printmaking in Scotland. Cécile's work is inspired by science, the natural world and music, and often contains playful and surreal elements. Cécile writes and illustrates stories and graphic novels for all ages, using a hand-drawn aesthetic mixed with riso and printmaking.