1 June 2017

Baileys Prize Illustrated series - Do not say we have nothing and Stay with me

This wonderful collaboration has been really hard to keep under wraps for the last few months. I am such an advocate of female writers, female artists and basically female anything so when I learnt that the Baileys Prize wanted to work with me to create six unique illustrations based around the shortlisted book covers I jumped at the chance. 
The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is one of the most prestigious literary awards - previously called the Orange Prize for Fiction - and as someone who probably reads a book a week this was perfect for me. 

So you can imagine the collaboration sparked my creativity combining my love of books and drawing. The books and illustrations will be divided up into three posts with no real order, and over the next few days you will be in with the chance of winning yourself the whole stack of shortlisted books! 
First up, and probably my favorite so far to illustrate, is Do Not Say We Have Nothing, by Madeleine Thien. This book is set in Canada with a narration that really pulls the reader in as young Marie and her mother invite a Chinese lady who has fled the Tiananmen Square protest. For the illustration I wanted to bring in the patterns and traditional tea that China is well known for. I enjoyed being able to put elements of the book into the illustration.

Second up is the beautifully written Stay With Me, by Ayobami Adebayo. Now this book cover totally appealed to me straight away, who doesn't love a palm leaf or two?! But hidden behind the beautiful cover lies a story of jealousy, betrayal and despair. Set in Nigeria in the 1980's at a very turbulent time, Ayobami Adebayo is the same age as me and this beautifully written piece of fiction surpasses someone of her age. I tried to create a peaceful illustration opposed to the story that's filled with heart break. I decided complementary and calming colours would look best alongside my signature floral and palm design.

You can find out more about the books shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017 here
I have a further 4 more illustrations to share over the coming days before the winner is announced on Wednesday. Follow me and Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction on Instagram and Twitter - @_ellamasters_ and @baileysprize. *

*Illustration and post have been sponsored but all illustrations and words are my own

1 comment

  1. This is absolutely fantastic! Huge congratulations to you xx


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