As a children’s librarian, I’m often taken with the creative talents of illustrators, especially in picture books. Often, the pictures and lettering tell as much about a book as the story itself. One of my particular favourites is Oliver Jeffers, author/illustrator extraordinaire. He creates simple drawings that are delightful, but his hand-lettering style is also something that sets his books apart. It’s easy to pick out a piece of his work through his distinctive style. You can see some of his work above.
Lately, though, hand lettered book covers have been taking over the shelves. From the wonderful lettering of Marion Deuchers seen below….
….to a similar look by Steph von Reiswitz below:
Hand lettering is deceptively simple. It must not only be legible, but have a stylized look to it. Give it a try. Write anything you like on a piece of paper….but try to make it easy to read and yet interesting. Thinking twice about how easy it looks? These artists are amazing!
So, the next time you see a book on the shelves with an illustrated cover, don’t ignore the simplicity of it. These illustrators will be happy to know you understand!