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A portfolio book created with Blurb Books.
I had the great opportunity back in May to collaborate with Blurb Books, an independent, creative book-making and self-publishing platform. I knew immediately that I wanted to make a portfolio book, as my work is finished digitally I loved the idea of being able to have a tactile and compact way of showing my work at meetings. I decided to split the book into a mixture of fashion, narrative, commission and personal work so that it really showed the range of my illustrations.
There are a number of different book formats to choose from (including magazines and trade books) and I decided on the Standard Portrait Photo Book with an ImageWrap Hard Cover. I've printed comics and zines before but never with a Hard Cover so I was excited with this option as it makes the book more durable especially when it comes to travelling.
My book was designed and put together using one of Blurb's free book-making tools, BookWright. This made putting my book together a total dream! There's also an Adobe InDesign plug-in and Adobe Lightroom plug-in available. Within Bookwright you're able to choose from a range of papers, I decided on the Proline Uncoated Paper which has a textured uncoated finish. Blurb also offers you the option to order a swatch kit filled with samples of their paper options so you can make the best choice to suit your project before ordering (and then you can apply the cost of the swatch kit to your final order – so nice!).
One of my favourite things about using BookWright was the wide range of page layouts that were available. When making a portfolio book it's nice to have a few different layouts that play to the strength of your images, so this was perfect. I simply chose the page layout I wanted for each spread and dragged and dropped my artwork into place! There's also handy trim borders so there are no nasty surprises of cut images in your final book!
I was so excited when my book arrived in the post and couldn't be happier with how it turned out. The print quality is amazing and really brings my illustrations to life. The ImageWrap Hard Cover gives the book a nice weight and professional feel and the paper quality is so lovely and smooth. I'm so impressed with the service from beginning to end (including the fast shipping!), it's clear each step has been thoughtfully considered so that the process of self-publishing is as easy as possible. There's also the option of selling your finished book on Blurb, through Amazon, Ingram or Apple's iBook's store!
I'm looking forward to taking my portfolio book with me to future meetings!
Have you ever thought about creating a book of your work? What kind of book or magazine would you create?
Thank you to Blurb for sponsoring this post - all thoughts and opinions are my own.