"Tropical palm trees and luxuriant forests. Exotic bestiary and wild patterns. Botanical-artsy suggestions and labyrinths of luxuriant foliage. Welcome to the (new) jungle! "
The trailer for Lucy Rose Cartwright’s new book “Wild City” starts off with a city townhouse, revealed to be surrounded by all kinds of flora and fauna, some expected, but some… definitely unexpected! Flamingoes?!
These are the kind of reveals and unexpected communities we can expect to find in “Wild City”, an exploration of cities round the world and the creatures we share them with. Illustrated by Lucy Rose Cartwright and written by the award winning natural history author Ben Hoare, the book takes the reader from London to Singapore to Rio de Janeiro.
Initially approached to create the cover and a few sample spreads, Lucy’s illustrative approach was then used throughout the full book. Lucy worked closely with designer Laura Hall to make sure that all the correct animals and feature of each city were included before working up her sketches into full colour illustrations!
The danger with working on images like these however, is enjoying getting lost in the details a little too much, “I had to be strict on how much time I could spend on each page, it was very easy to get caught up in adding too much detail.” But being strict didn’t mean that Lucy didn’t enjoy the brief, “I really enjoyed this project and felt so grateful to be part of it. The most exciting time for me is when you first receive the brief and you sit down and sketch out all your ideas, I still sketch all of my roughs by hand rather than using my iPad as I love the physicality of drawing on paper. ”
Wild City is out via Macmillan Kids Publishing in Autumn 2020.
See the full trailer here.
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