Neil Packer
The Divine Comedy

Commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
I have had a long relationship with The Folio Society, however this was the first opportunity to illustrate one of their 'limited editions’. Dante’s The Divine Comedy examines in forensic detail all of the human condition; it is exquisitely written, both shocking and transcendently beautiful. It is a visual treat for any artist and offers opportunities to stretch your imagination.

How was the illustration used:
Book publishing

How did you make this work:
The illustrations were worked up in line by hand in reverse and then scanned into Photoshop, flipped and augmented with ink textures to give them the feel of a woodcut. I have any colour schemes worked out before I go to Photoshop and a strict dogma about minimal changes once digitised thus preserving all the glitches and inaccuracies that give a work a level of authenticity.

Commissioner Name :
Raquel Leis Allion
Commissioner Company :
The Folio Society
Commissioned for:
The Folio Society

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Currently Based:
United Kingdom

Neil Packer was born in Birmingham in 1961. He trained at the Colchester School of Art before becoming a full-time illustrator in 1984 with the publication of his first children’s book. He has had a long career working in design, publishing and advertising, mostly in the United States. He has illustrated a number of titles for The Folio Society. Packer’s work has been exhibited across the world.