‘The Folio Society’ Written by Margery Allingham, Illustrated by James Boswell
James Boswell graduated from the Falmouth BA(Hons) Illustration course in 2012, having been awarded ‘Best of Year’ in D&AD’s illustration category. He has since worked as a freelance illustrator in the west of England. He also illustrated ‘The Drowned World’ for The Folio Society in 2013.
“For this commission I took inspiration from illustrations produced during the second world war, the period in which the book takes place, posters and propaganda in particular. Tonally I wanted to capture the almost ‘Film Noir’ atmosphere of the book. I’d been asked specifically to be more interpretive and editorial in my approach, so I wanted to make the images as ideas-led as possible. The images themselves are a mix of watercolour and acrylic, and then finished digitally, which is a way of working that I settled on at university and have been refining ever since.”