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Book Cover

V&A Illustration Awards 2013: Published Category - Book Cover

Matthew Richardson 'The Outsider' by Albert Camus. Book Cover Winner 2012.

Supported by the Enid Linder Foundation

Book Cover Award Winner
Matthew Richardson, cover for ‘The Outsider’ by Albert Camus

Published by Folio, London, 2011

Matthew Richardson studied B.A. Graphic Design at Middlesex University, post-graduate Illustration at Central St. Martins and recently studied M.A. Fine Art at UWIC, Cardiff. As well as working as a commercial illustrator, he exhibits his own work nationally and currently lectures part-time at Norwich University College of the Arts. Describing his winning work he says,

‘I designed the cover for Albert Camus’ ‘The Outsider’ for Folio books along with seven inside illustrations. I really enjoyed the challenge of making images for ‘The Outsider’ – images that needed to relate directly and specifically to the content of the story. As a lot of my work is more ‘conceptually’ based and abstract, I needed to find a way to make the illustrations ‘believable’ and rooted in a ‘place’. I chose to bring out the mood of the book and the main character through subtle colour and sparse composition that echo rather than directly illustrate the environments inhabited by Camus’ protagonist Mersault. The illustrations were composed from found imagery and hand drawn and painted forms and then assembled digitally.’

Judge Orla Kiely said, ‘I love the approach to the design of this book cover and interior pages. The colour work is especially strong.’ Moira Gemmill felt the work was, ‘Exquisite - highly sophisticated design perfectly complemented by superb production values and craftsmanship.’

Matthew Richardson’s website: www.matthewxrichardson.com

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