Epic Bike Rides of The World
‘For the cover, the aim was to create an illustration that was emblematic of an ‘epic ride’ and because the book highlights amazing cycleways all over the globe it needed to be a universal image that wasn’t obviously based on a specific location. To help give it a broad flavour I used quite a diverse colour palette.
As with all the illustrations in the book, I deliberately styled them to have a point of difference to the photography. Illustrating in a ‘vintage travel’ style is something I do a lot, but with this series of images I stepped slightly outside my comfort zone and experimented with more shapes and different brushes. I’m pleased to say I really enjoyed it!’
‘Another continent of seemingly endless diversity. For this one, we chose the landscape of the Arches National Park, North of Moab, Utah. The area is famous for its natural sandstone arches which makes for some otherworldly scenery. I tried to accentuate this by adding the moon and using an unusual triad colour scheme.’
‘The route I based this illustration on is in the Yarra Ranges in Victoria, Australia. It’s an eerily beautiful journey through Mountain Ash trees and some incredibly rich flora and fauna. Tucked in among this scene are some of the local wildlife.’