Visitor Post – Illustrating Ideas
Illustrating Ideas by Under One Sky Anthology
As many of Jacque’s readers would know she contributed a story in the Licuala Writers Under One Sky anthology which was released last year (2011). She was one of twenty writers who contributed to the anthology which is a mix of short stories, prose and poetry. As an artist and illustrator herself I’m sure Jacque understands too well the difficulty it trying to ‘match’ images to words. So was the experience of our anthology’s illustrator Sal Badcock.
Sal is a Mission Beach artist, well known for her strong vivid colours and tropical themes. Sal had the difficult task of creating digital images for many different types of writing by many different writers. Once all the written contributions were collated Sal sat down and read them all, thinking about how she might assist to illustrate aspects of the stories. Sal used many of her own photographic images as a base for her illustrations and digitally manipulated them to turn them into black and white illustrations (bar the main image on the cover which is in colour).
Adding texture, shade and movement, Sal’s illustrations bring the stories within to tropical life. She has managed to tap into the writer’s mind and capture the essence of the story on the page.
Many hours of work go into illustrating and laying out a book like the Under One Sky anthology before it goes to press. Sal’s artistic contribution to this book was invaluable. Licuala WINQ looks forward to working with Sal again on future projects and publications.
You can learn more about Sal Badcock and her artwork on her website.
The Under One Sky anthology was produced with the financial assistance of the QLD Govt and RADF Grant. It is an anthology of poetry, prose, fiction and memoir. Contributing writers are from the regional Cassowary Coast in far north Queensland, Australia. The book was compiled and developed by project leader Dr June Perkins of the Licuala WINQ Writers. Many of the Licuala WINQ Writers also feature in the book. Please visit the book’s website and connect with us on Facebook