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Illustrations ©Julia Rowe 2019

House Style 2019

A minor project from the final year of my degree, the entire illustration department was asked to make an illustration, in a particular Pantone colour and black, for a book from a provided list. I chose Shaun Bythell's The Diary of a Bookseller, and was given the colour yellow.

From the book's blurb: "Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown - Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop. It contains 100,000 books, spread over a mile of shelving, with twisting corridors and roaring fires, and all set in a beautiful, rural town by the edge of the sea. A book-lover's paradise? Well, almost ... In these wry and hilarious diaries, Shaun provides an inside look at the trials and tribulations of life in the book trade, from struggles with eccentric customers to wrangles with his own staff, who include the ski-suit-wearing, bin-foraging Nicky. He takes us with him on buying trips to old estates and auction houses, recommends books (both lost classics and new discoveries), introduces us to the thrill of the unexpected find, and evokes the rhythms and charms of small-town life, always with a sharp and sympathetic eye."