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Life Drawing
  • Shortlisted

Designed by
Allison Colpoys
Best Designed Literary Fiction Book
Scribe Publications

About the Designer

Allison Colpoys is an award-winning designer and illustrator, and the Art Director at Scribe Publications. Her picture books include The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade, Under the Love Umbrella, If All the World Were… and All the Ways To Be Smart. As well as receiving numerous Australian Book Design Awards for her illustration and cover design, she has won the CBCA Crichton Award for Best New Talent and two Australian Book Industry Awards.

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Design Rationale

Life Drawing is about a creative couple moving to the country to concentrate on their artistic practices. However, their past betrayals follow them. They make friends with their neighbours but eventually things take a terrible turn. The challenge with this was for it not to look like a guide on how to do life drawing! I illustrated a frame hanging on the wall so it set a bit of a domestic scene as well an artistic one. The frame is a bit skewhiff, deliberately unfinished and punctuated with an erratic scribble to give the unsettling sense that someone was interrupted.

135 x 210 mm
No. pages
Special finishes
Uncoated Stock
Internal Design
Allison Colpoys
Robin Black