Imaginary Beings | Charlotte Wilson

The Book Of Imaginary Beings

For her final year product at The University of Huddersfield, Charlotte chose to try something completely new – designing and binding an entire book, with descriptions and quotes taken from The Book of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges. The book was hand-bound with coptic stitching, a technique she learned for the final product.


Use various new methods to define an outcome which illustrates the words of ‘The Book of Imaginary Beings’; by Jorge Luis Borges. Incorporate clear development into yor illustration style, exploring composition style and colour. The illusrations could be presented through the making of a hand bound book, bringing a sense of originality and the potentional to be a bed time story book for older children.

For the beginning of the project, Charlotte chose to learn a new skill and experiment with digital illustration, which, at the time, was something she had never really done before. Each page was pre-sketched and refined until she had perfected a consitent layout and colour scheme. The pages also contain direct quotes taken from the original Book of Imaginary Beings.

When approved, the illustrations were time stakingly drawn in Photoshop with a Wacom tablet, directly inspired by watercolour works from artists such as Alice x Zhang and Mark Hearld. This project took over a year to finish, and came about after abandoning an old project to pursue her love of digital art.