LISA MALTBY
LONDON BASED ILLUSTRATOR & LETTERING ARTIST

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The Explorer's Guide to Harewood House

Harewood house illustrated guide

Harewood House sits in the heart of Yorkshire and is one of the Treasure Houses of England. There are exhibitions of contemporary art, an award-winning educational department, a renowned Bird Garden, a Farm Experience and over 100 acres of exquisite gardens for visitors to explore and enjoy.

 Harewood House

Harewood House

Harewood House is passionate about education and offers a wide range of educational activities for schools. It was felt there was a need for a children's guidebook that helped children to engage with the house more effectively and to serve as a fun workbook to fill in, full of interesting facts and stories. I was commissioned to design and illustrate the guidebook, creating illustrations that were appealing to children but still fitted in with the history and tradition of the house. I had the idea of including mice characters throughout the book in period clothes.

 Preliminary sketches and development

Preliminary sketches and development

 A section from the book

A section from the book

 One of the Characters from the book

One of the Characters from the book

We decided on the title 'The Explorer's Guide to Harewood House' to make it more inviting. I felt it would be good to have an explorer character that was hidden throughout the book for the children to find and add another fun element.

mouse hidden illustration

The book is full of fun activities to fill out and a lovely keepsake to refer back to and make learning fun. I created the full layout, incorporating Harewood's corporate fonts but making sure there was a good mix of information and illustrative elements to mix it up and keep it engaging.

Harewood House Spread
Harewood House Spread
 I also made each section colour co-ordinated so that it matched the decoration of each room and also the key.

I also made each section colour co-ordinated so that it matched the decoration of each room and also the key.

 I created colour co-ordinated icons so the children knew where the activities were on each page

I created colour co-ordinated icons so the children knew where the activities were on each page

Harewood House illustrated guide
mouse illustration
harewood house illustrated guide

Harewood House put on many activities for children so make sure you pay them a visit this summer and pick up a guidebook! This summer, Harewood House and grounds will also come to life with fun activities inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic novel, Alice in Wonderland taking place from 29th July – 3rd September so find out more here.

“Lisa was fantastic to work with on our Children’s Guidebook project. Her creativity and beautiful illustrations really brought the stories of Harewood to life, and her professionalism and efficiency meant the project ran incredibly smoothly.”

Zoë Wood, Harewood House Trust

owl illustration

Thanks for checking out my work. You can find more of the work I've done for heritage sites such as Harewood in my portfolio.