Monday, 18 April 2011

More Bible Story Illustrations - Jonah

Jonah Sinking Image

When illustrating the Bible for children, special attention must be paid to details. So often in the past artists have trusted their predecessors’ work. Research is needed. First, it helps to read the Bible. Not just the story that is being illustrated, but also the background to that story. For example, a long time ago Richard was asked to draw the Ark of the Covenant being carried. What does it look like? There’s a great description of it in the Bible, but what he failed to notice was that no one, on pain of certain instant death, could look at it. Therefore it was covered with a heavy cloth. Even the publisher got really excited at the accurate and magnificent depiction of the ark that Richard illustrated for them to their detailed brief, and it was their US partner who pointed out this error. Whoops!!

The most important thing is that the stories are presented in a fun, contemporary style.

Friday, 15 April 2011

Design and illustration for the self publishing author

National Lifeboat Aerial illustrationNational Lifeboat Aerial illustration

Richard Deverell is the ideal choice of illustrator for a self publishing author. The client wanted to produce a few printed and bound copies of a beautifully written and highly amusing early years autobiography of her late father on the occasion of her wedding. These were to be presented as special gifts for her mother and other relatives.

Richard passed the management of this project to his design department. The book was designed, a brief prepared, and Richard produced pictures loosely in the style of Ernest Sheppard’s early illustrations for the stories of Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh, books that our client’s father had read to her as a child.

The budget allowed for a colour cover and six line illustrations within the text, and the client and her family were delighted with the result.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

TEFL illustrations for hispanic adult English students

Town IllustrationSupermarket Illustration

Books and courses to help people all over the world to learn English will always need many clear, detailed illustrations no matter how old or young the students might be. Freelance illustrator Richard Deverell has completed many TEFL illustration commissions for publishers in this field, including Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Letts.

Various types of illustration are required for TEFL publications. Richard’s style and strengths as an illustrator make him the ideal publisher’s choice:

Strong figure drawing, all ethnic groups : Clear, clean line work : Colour, black line, and line with tone : Specialising in detailed, busy pictures : Picture sequences – graphic novel : Specialising in aerial perspective : Can adapt style for any age group

These artworks were commissioned by Oxford University Press in the USA. The language course was for teens and adults (mainly Hispanics) living in the United States to help them to learn English. The briefs for each picture or group of illustrations were very specific. All language teaching materials feature many such sequences and small illustrations.

The town illustration had to include each of the buildings and features depicted, with no possibility for misinterpreting any one of them. The supermarket scene had to show all these food items so the students could clearly identify each one.

Illustrations in the best selling Childrens Bible

Bible Cover Image

The freelance illustrator Richard Deverell is probably best known for his illustrations of stories from the Bible. He is the artist for the best selling English language Childrens Bible first published by Word, now known as Authentic Publishing. This is a translation FOR children – “The Bible that children can read and understand” and not a paraphrase or an existing “adult” translation with a special cover and plates for the younger generation. This Bible contains 32 pages of colour plates in traditional watercolours, all of them by childrens illustrator Richard Deverell.

Hand lettering for business stationery and websites

Christian Trust Logo Blues impressions Band logo

When a company, band or charitable organisation wants a logo for stationery and a website to look a bit more exclusive the ideal solution is to employ a freelance illustrator with a background in and passion for graphic design and typography. Richard Deverell can provide a complete service for a corporate identity package – logos, business stationery, websites, brochures and flyers, all at competitive prices.

Monday, 11 April 2011

Illustrated map of the world

This illustrated globe with icons and hand lettered logo was commissioned by a client in Bahrain.

Richard Deverell's detailed illustration style is highly suited to these maps for education purposes, editorial, marketing and advertising.

His background in Graphic Design gives Richard the edge when it comes to incorporating his illustrations into a logo, especially when hand drawn lettering is required.

Friday, 8 April 2011

Cartoon for a party invite

Angie contacted me because she had seen my custom cartoons on my website. She and her partner, Ben, were leaving Hong Kong and throwing a party to say goodbye to their friends.

Angie confessed to being a bit OTT when it comes to parties. They wanted a picture that would go on an invite, a huge canvas block print, and on the top of a cake!!

A super photo was emailed across to me with details of how they wanted to be dressed. A Hong Kong skyline and boat were in the brief.

The couple were delighted with the result, completed within a week of our first contact. The cake has all been devoured, but Angie and Ben have a lasting memento of their life in Hong Kong.

Get in touch with me if you would like a custom cartoon for your special event or a unique gift.