Sherlock Holmes book illustration for the House of Illustration and Folio Society Competition

Every year House of Illustration in the U.K. and The Folio Society arrange an illustration competition to illustrate a book cover and three interior illustrations.

This year I was delighted to hear that the book to illustrate was a new edition of three selected works by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – Sherlock Holmes.

Today 24 entries were selected to the longlist and although my illustrations were not selected I really enjoyed reading Sir illustrative texts, interpret them and translating the words into illustrations. You can see the longlisted entries here: 

Here is one of my illustrations and the text I had to work with was: ” Upper Swandam Lane is a vile alley lurking behind the high wharves which line the north side of the river to the east of London Bridge.”

Sherlock Holmes House of illustration competition Linda Fahrlin
“Upper Swandam Lane is a vile alley lurking behind the high wharves which line the north side of the river to the east of London Bridge.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Biennale of Illustration, Bratislava Migrations Exhibition

This little bird has just flown off from my drawing room towards the Biennale of Illustration, Bratislava, to be part of the Migrations Exhibition.

Exhibition: The State of Us – You, Me & the Liffey

Before creating the artworks for the pop-up exhibition organised by Illustrators Ireland & OFFSET my “sitter” wrote a little text about herself:

“Graphic designer, typographer, writer, teacher, swimmer with a mild fear of sea creatures — real and mythical. Loves making and reading beautiful books, vibrant colour and affogato. Avid baker of sweet things, coffee drinker and Mum.”

So to help overcome her fear I made her Queen of the River Liffey in Dublin. This is the illustration in full:

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Illustration artwork for the exhibition “The State of Us” at the Chocolate Factory in Dublin.

Storytelling day.

Today was a storytelling day. I really enjoyed reading Magic Mountain to 4 classes with heaps of great questions. Walked 4k’s between blue skies and green fields in sunny weather. ☀️Good food 4 dinner, and good company 4 the soul. All good things comes in 4rs. 

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Work in progress.
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Work in progress.
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Work in progress. By this stage, I started to regret that I decided to use up my last aquarelle paper.  I do like the texture of the paper but I had to press the pens so hard for full cover.
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Work in progress.
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Just some finishing up to do along the edges.

Bologna Book fair 2017

Bologna book fair bookmark by Linda Fahrlin #BCB17

This week the Bologna Children’s Book Fair is on. On the fair you can find Illustrators Ireland at location PAD. 25 stand: B/87. At the stand browsers can pick up this illustration I made in the shape of a bookmark.

Although I’m not going this year I plan to go visit next year. There will be so much to look at and so many talks to listen to that it’ll take a year just to plan how to spend the time 😉

 

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