LISA MALTBY
LONDON BASED ILLUSTRATOR & LETTERING ARTIST

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Chatsworth House Grand Tour Passport Design

 Chatsworth House Grand Tour Passport

Chatsworth House Grand Tour Passport

I was commissioned by Chatsworth House Trust to design and illustrate a twelve page booklet for The Chatsworth House Grand Tour. The booklet is aimed primarly to facilitate children on the Tour to help them learn all about continental travel, as seen through the eyes and collection of the Devonshire family. The brief was to design the booklet in a 'passport' format to reflect the theme of travel. Throughout the Tour there is also opportunity to collect stamps at various stations in order to uncover clues which I also needed to design.

I planned out the illustrated pages based on the text I was given and made sure there was enough space for all the elements and the copy. I wanted the passport to look busy and inviting but also have a vintage feel. I drew out all the individual elements separately and then placed them in In-Design to arrange the composition.

 Initial rough of the first spread

Initial rough of the first spread

Once all the roughs for each page had been approved I started on the final layouts. I worked over each individual illustration in pen to create strong black line work. The illustrations needed to remain on individual layers so that they could be moved around if necessary. I scanned in each drawing to my computer and then worked on the colour and textures in Photoshop. I then created the final layout in In-Design according to print specifications.

The process behind creating the illustrations

And here are the final page designs...

Page one of the passport
Chatsworth House Illustration
Chatsworth passport illustrations

I then needed to create stamp designs for the embosser machine in order for the children to place them on the spaces provided within the passport. Each stamp needed to represent a different item on the Tour. For this I needed to create the stamps in vector and in black and I did so in Adobe Illustrator.

 Embosser stamp designs

Embosser stamp designs

Chatsworth House illustrated passport

You can see The Grand Tour at Chatsworth House until October 2016 so why not make a visit? You can find out more about the Tour on the Chatsworth House website: http://www.chatsworth.org/attractions-and-events/events/grand-tour