Irene Vidal is the illustrator and designer behind our new title Charles Causley: A Portrait of the Poet, which we’re publishing for The Causley Trust. I caught up with her this week to talk about the project.
I generally work around big subjects such as the Spanish Civil War and break them down to the “particular”. Then I exhaustively examine that “particular” and I link it to existing or fictitious narratives.In the case of making this book, I was lucky to be able to immerse myself in the life and heritage of Charles Causley, which allowed me to shed some light onto particular objects and aspects of his work and life.
Choosing what to illustrate and what to include in the book was key. There is a pile of discarded drawings that never made it into the book but were essential for me to develop this project.