AWARD OF EXCELLENCE 2017 CA 58: Twelfth Night

We submitted the cover and frontispiece illustrations of “Twelfth Night" with the photos of the actual book as a series, we won THE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE COMMUNICATION ARTS ILLUSTRATION ANNUAL 58, Books-series category. Our entries has been selected by the 2017 jury to appear in Illustration Annual 58, the May/June 2017 issue of Communication Arts. We want to thanks the CA jury and The Folio Society for this wonderful project! Since 11 years (2017-2017) we have received 16 Awards of Excellence from Communication Arts Illustration Annual 48-58
. Twelfth Night, or What You Will, a comedy by William Shakespeare, The play centres on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck.

Viola (who is disguised as a boy) falls in love with Duke Orsino, who in turn is in love with the Countess Olivia. Upon meeting Viola, Countess Olivia falls in love with her thinking she is a man. We have made two pieces for the frontispiece, to be tipped on to face the title page, and for the binding (cover) illustration. It's a rather lavish size, at 230 x 340mm for the page size, with text printed on gorgeous mould made paper. The book is in full cloth with a printed paper label on the front which is stuck onto the book in a slightly recessed panel, over silver blocked rules either side. Binding: Viola and Sebastian twins. We wanted to communicate the idea of mistaken identity. Viola's brother is reflecting himself in the mirror. Frontispiece: Countess Olivia veiled in mourning. The image captures the overall atmosphere of Shakespeare's play. Olivia's dark dress is richly embroidered, inside her skirt we represented the opening scene: the ship in the storm and the shipwreck of Viola and Sebastian. Inside the mirror are reflected other characters of the comedy. Mixed media: gouache, pencil, pen, collage, digital.