Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Book illustration for Summersdale Publishing

This is an image from a series I am working on for Summersdale Publishing, for a book entitled "Was Beethoven a Birdwatcher?", written by David Turner. I have been commissioned to create a series of black-and-white bird illustrations for this book due out in spring 2011. This is a South American bird called a Hoatzin.


  1. well I just love him! In fact I'm smitten ;)

    Do they allow you to show illustrations of books not out yet? Publishers here get freaky about it. (Not that I've had a gig lately, sigh.)

  2. Joe, this is just lovely. It sounds like a delightful book.

  3. Hi Laurel and Susan, thank you as ever for your comments and your support!

    Laurel, as far as I understand it, I can show the ones I've done already because they have been in the publisher's catalogue and so are already in the public domain. I just have to credit the book and the publishers.

    It's my first book commission so I'm happy because I'd love to do book illustration on a regular basis but I hope there will be many more to follow...

    Susan, I will let you know when it's out (I think in May), the author sounds like an interesting chap and I'm sure it'll be worth a read.

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  5. Hey Joe,
    Congratulations on the book commission!
    This bird illustration is really beautiful and I also love the owl drawings you have created in your last post.
    I just had a thought, that you could approach the National Trust shops with your owl mugs and cards. I think they would sell well! :-)
    Is your new publisher good?
    I was just wondering whether to approach them for commissions too... I would appreciate any advice you could give me!
    Many thanks for your kind comments on my Luna post. It is always good to catch up with you!
    All the best,

  6. Thanks Jo, that's a good idea, but I'm still working on actual designs, these are just ideas really. In the New Year I'd like to approach such organisations... Thanks for your comments and I'll send you an email to discuss the commissions idea :-)