Nathalie Lees
The Testaments


Commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
These were commissioned to accompany an extract of Margaret Atwood's new book The Testaments (sequel to the Handmaids Tale), that was published in The Guardian. I was given free reign to come up with ideas for how to illustrate the extract by art director Chris Clarke. There was not muchmaterial to draw on because we were only given access to the one chapter that was being published.

How was the illustration used:
The illustrations ran alongside the extract in a stand-alone booklet that The Guardian produced. This included the cover of the booklet, and 4 inside illustrations.

How did you make this work:
After reading the extract I sketched out initital rough tumbnail ideas for the art director to look choose from. I then worked the chosen ideas up in illustrator and photoshop.

Commissioner Name :
Chris Clarke
Commissioner Company :
The Guardian

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Nathalie Lees is a London based illustrator. After graduating she became the in-house illustrator at The Times newspaper working accross the majority of their different sections. Since leaving to concentrate on her freelance projects, she has worked for clients that include The Guarian, Harper Collins, The Washington Post, Apple, ShowMedia, Esso and Wallpaper*