LISA MALTBY
LONDON BASED ILLUSTRATOR & LETTERING ARTIST

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Illustrated book cover commission

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I was commissioned to illustrate a book cover for a book about building community with people from different cultures and backgrounds for a charity called Interserve. This commission needed to reflect ethnic diversity and community and so I was directed to incorporate a dinner table scene with people of all different ethnicities and including various religious buildings in a strip at the top. In some cases I am given the title and content and asked to come up with a concept and in other cases I am heavily art directed so it's interesting to work in both ways and adapt my work to other people's ideas and direction.

 Initial rough. It was decided that the top panel would make the book look too busy and the dog would not be appropriate as some ethnic groups would not have dogs at the dinner table. The designers I worked with gave me the style of typography to work with but this was changed to have a more sophisticated feel.

Initial rough. It was decided that the top panel would make the book look too busy and the dog would not be appropriate as some ethnic groups would not have dogs at the dinner table. The designers I worked with gave me the style of typography to work with but this was changed to have a more sophisticated feel.

 I worked with my Wacom tablet to create the line work digitally before adding the colour.

I worked with my Wacom tablet to create the line work digitally before adding the colour.

 I often work in a mixture of hand drawn and digital but this illustration was created entirely digitally, working over my rough drawing using my Wacom tablet. I did the colour work of the people and table with the background colour on a separate layer in order to make sure the colours were complimentary.

I often work in a mixture of hand drawn and digital but this illustration was created entirely digitally, working over my rough drawing using my Wacom tablet. I did the colour work of the people and table with the background colour on a separate layer in order to make sure the colours were complimentary.

 Final book cover design. We played around with various backgrounds but decided this was the most complimentary and made the typography stand out.

Final book cover design. We played around with various backgrounds but decided this was the most complimentary and made the typography stand out.

 Final book cover.

Final book cover.