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The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

Award: Wood Pencil

Wood Pencil / Illustration / Book Design / 2007

A novel of adult content published by a children's book publisher who doesn't quite know what to do with it. To get started on the illustrations for 'The Hunchback' I drew directly into a blank dummy book for another classic, 'Dracula'. This dummy became my lap-top, my studio – I became the graffiti artist for Victor Hugo. The original brief of 40 drawings and 45 chapter headings multiplied to over 140 drawings and 45 chapter headings. Working directly into a book immediately gives you a clue to timing, space and design. The only problem was that by the end the dummy book had to be unstitched for the printer. For me, this project represents the perfect combination of brain, pencil, camera, computer and working as part of a sympathetic design and editorial team.

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