We’re starting this year off right with our recent book, Directory of Illustration 33, out now!
Owen elaborates on how he approached the cover and inner spreads:
“I was given this year’s DOI theme which was ‘Make Them Look’ and decided to explore this idea as much as I could to try and find a narrative I could explore over the several pages I had to illustrate. I focused on the ‘look’ element quite early on and had a vague recollection of a mythical creature with lots of eyes; something that would both be weird and cool to see (make people look) and also have lots of angles to ‘look’ from. When I found the Ancient Greek story of Argus who had one hundred eyes and his task to look after lo, his secret lover, I thought it was an awesome tale and something I could really play around with. I took inspiration from the approach of ancient Greek artwork on pottery for the endpapers, using only a combination of an off-black, an orange, and an off-white.”
Read more about his strategy on the Folio blog.
Owen works in a mixture of traditional and digital media. His fantastic use of color, texture and pattern help create fun and entertaining images that are perfect for engaging with audiences in a friendly and informative manner. His illustrations are used by advertising, editorial, and publishing clients across the board and are always a popular choice for children’s books and projects.
The printed Directory of Illustration serves as a welcome change for art directors that spend the majority of their workday staring at a computer screen. The book provides a clear idea of how an artist’s work translates in print.
The book is available to select creatives. Find out if you qualify for a complimentary copy.
Check out sample pages from this year’s edition: