An Alexis Deacon fan page!

The best thing about my chunky, and not very well designed (sorry!) website, is that I can gush about things I am very fond of. And at the tippy top of that list, is the work of Alexis Deacon.

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Here is the man himself, photographed by by Antonio Olmos for a great article in The Guardian. So, for anyone interested in illustration, graphic novels, or children’s books, you would do very well to get your hands on anything that this young man has been involved with. Not only is he an unbelievably gifted draughtsman, but his sense of colour, pacing, composition and design are, in my humble opinion, the best out there at the moment. In short, I would chew my own arm off to have his line and colour. I am pleased to say the second installment of Geis (pronounced ‘Gesh’) is due for released on the 1st of October 2017, and I have been very kindly sent an advance copy by Nobrow. So below left is volume one, and on the right the suitably blood-red cover of volume two!

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Like the first volume it contains a staggering amount of work, all beautifully executed with the familiar fluid and economic Alexis line. I haven’t read it yet (it literally arrived on the doorstep a few hours ago), but I’m looking forward to the next task in this epic story. Anyway, follow this link, and buy yourself a copy for roughly sixteen of your Earth pounds. It’s published by Nobrow, so you already know it will be of exceptional production value.

And if that isn’t enough, then school yourselves further, dear readers, by getting hold of his remarkable work in Russell Hoban’s moving and individual tales ‘Jim’s Lion‘ and ‘Soonchild‘, again, the absolute pinnacle of book illustration.  Then binge further on Deacon, and read about him in this article. I’ll leave you with a few images, don’t forget, he can do all this and write award winning books too! From my point of view, his work has kept me going on the countless times I’ve felt like giving up. He inspires you to try harder, and to keep trying. I’ve so much to learn about illustration, and there is no better teacher than Alexis.

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