Melissa Castrillon

Book Covers

Commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
The brief was given by Scholastic to produce new gift editions for HIS DARK MATERIALS, which was to incorporate foiling for added impact. I decide that the colour palette would have to be limited otherwise the covers would look too busy. It was a dream project and it was important for to keep that sense of nostalgia so i kept the original colours from the first editions, blues, greens & reds.

How was the illustration used:
These are illustrated paper back covers with fold out flaps and they were used as the covers for HIS DARK MATERIALS gift editions to sell from December 2019 All over the UK in conjunction with the new BBC adaptation.

How did you make this work:
Each cover has a limited palette of 3 colours plus 2 foiled layers. Each layer started life as a B&W pencil layer which i hand drew onto paper using a light box. I made the artwork like i would a screen print, except the last colour stage is digitally created on PS from the B&W pencil layers which i then scan, clean up, digitally colour and composite together to make the final image.

Commissioner Name :
Scholastic UK
Commissioner Company :
Scholastic UK

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Currently Based:
I work and live in Cambridge, U.K

Melissa Castrillón is an illustrator with a particular passion for print, pattern and punchy color combos. She attended the Cambridge School of Art and earned a 1st Class BA in illustration in 2009 and a MA in children’s book illustration in 2014. Since 2015 Melissa has illustrated 9 picture books for UK and international publishers, three of which she wrote and illustrated. She also runs an online shop selling limited edition screen prints to keep her love for traditional printing alive.