Olivia Iris Wilson

Book and magazine

Imaginative illustrations, covers and layout design

Children's book illustration

Illustrating children’s books is all about imagination and bringing forth elements of the story you weren’t necessarily able to include in the text. It’s an extension of the world building that the story has started, and I love how much opportunity for creativity there is.

Bringing characters and settings to life is so rewarding, and I like to bring my clients along the journey as I go. Between storyboards, character designs, initial sketches, colour palettes and final designs, the illustration process is truly collaborative which I think is so special.

Book covers

There’s a reason for the phrase ‘never judge a book by it’s cover’ – it’s because so many of us do. I’m certainly guilty! 

There’s something so tempting about a book with a lovely cover design. It gives you a peek into what to expect inside. Beautiful book covers really can (and do) give you an edge over all the other books to choose from, and can even turn your book into something gift-worthy, too. I absolutely adore illustrated book covers, and if you do too, get in touch! I’d love to work with you on your next project. 

Book Layout

For those who are self-publishing, it can be scary to think about all the design work to be done when you just want to think about writing! I’m here to help ease that stress so you can focus on what you do best.

Layout can make or break a book, and I’m passionate about making your content shine through use of imagery, typography and illustration. Whether you’re creating a children’s book or a coffee table book, it’s all about finding that balance where the text and design work together to create a great reading experience.

Editorial Illustration

Editorial illustrations are used to further express a point made in the text of either physical or digital publications, resources and books. They are also used to complement text in a way that conveys the emotions the writer is trying to evoke. 

The design process for editorial illustrations goes from conceptual illustrations, to various stages of sketching and colour exploration, to the final piece ready for publication. I enjoy using various mediums to create my illustrations, but I tend to incorporate black ink work that make illustrations stand out and colours pop. 

Magazine Design

Magazine design is all about finding the balance between graphics and typography in order to make an engaging read.

It’s important to first look at understanding the target market of your magazine before working on the visual layout of everything, which is exactly how I like to go about things. Then comes the fun part – coming up with creative solutions to convey your message to the reader. Get in touch if you’d like to discuss how I can help you bring your magazine ideas to life. 

Book and magazine gallery

Take a look through my portfolio of book and magazine projects for a closer look at my work, and feel free to get in touch below if you have any questions about how I can help you with your next project!