Andy Bridge

Andy Bridge - Designer

Servian, France

I love flaky painted wood, rusty metal, old signs, my family and friends, nature, surfing and my 1954 VW Beetle.

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Overview

I am an illustrator with more than 20 years experience, working in book cover illustration and design,editorial and advertising. I graduated with a degree in Illustration from Brighton Polytechnic before moving to London, working from Great Western Studios in Westbourne Park. In 2004 I moved to France with my family where I now live and work.

I often work using a combination of stencils, hand printing and brushwork and I paint with household emulsion paint. I like to use textures of wood and metal as backgrounds and sometimes incorporate 3D elements in my designs. I also enjoy working with type and often incorporate words and lettering into the design, in both flat and 3D.

I have worked with most of the larger publishing houses in my time including PenguinRandomHouse (UK and US), Harper Collins (UK and US), Macmillan (UK), Houghton Mifflin (US), Faber and Faber (UK), Harper Collins (UK and US), Time Warner (UK), Bloomsbury, Atlantic Books, Canongate, Gallimard Press (France), Arnoldo Editore (Italy), Espasa (Spain), Flammarion (France), Hetland (Denmark), Presenca (Portugal), Sartorio Editore (Italy), Weidenfeld & Nicholson, Zahar (Brazil), and more. I am also happy to work on projects, both large and small, for individual clients. My aim is to deliver exactly what the customer wants and to enjoy the experience along the way.

I have illustrated the covers of books by authors ranging from Arnold Bennett, Jean-Paul Sartre and Truman Capote to Muriel Spark, Louis de Bernieres and Hilary Mantel and also some celebrity authors such as Michael Palin, Melvin Bragg and Sandi Toksvig.
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Physics & Chemistry
Travel
Fiction
Classics
Cultural & Ethnic
Historical Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Romance
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Work experience

Freelance Illustrator

Self-employed
June, 1995 – Present (almost 26 years)

I have worked for most of the world's larger publishing houses and also for many of the smaller ones too, including PenguinRandomHouse (UK and US), Harper Collins (UK and US), MacMillan (UK), Houghton Mifflin (US), Faber and Faber (UK), Harper Collins (UK and US), Time Warner (UK), Bloomsbury, Atlantic Books, Canongate, Gallimard Press (France), Arnoldo Editore (Italy), Espasa (Spain), Flammarion (France), Hetland (Denmark), Presenca (Portugal), Sartorio Editore (Italy), Weidenfeld & Nicholson, Zahar (Brazil), and more.

With more than 500 titles completed to date my work covers a wide variety of subject matter, from Rocket Science to Hamburger Recipes, Historical Crime to Monkey Wars. I have illustrated the covers for three Man Booker Prize winning novels: 'Life of Pi' by Yann Martel and 'Wolf Hall' and 'Bring Up The Bodies' by Hilary Mantel. I recently completed the cover for the latest installment of Andrea Camilleri's 'Inspector Montalbano' detective series for PenguinRandomHouse in the US.

Portfolio (4 selected works)

Life of Pi

Yann Martel

MORE THAN SEVEN MILLION COPIES SOLDThe beloved and bestselling novel and winner of the Booker Prize, Life of Pi.New York Times Bestseller * Los Angeles Times Bestseller * Washington Post Bestseller * San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller * Chicago Tribune Bestseller "A story to make you believe in the soul-sustaining power of fiction."—Los Angeles Times Book Review After the sinking of a cargo sh... read more

MORE THAN SEVEN MILLION COPIES SOLDThe beloved and bestselling novel and winner of the Booker Prize, Life of Pi.New York Times Bestseller * Los Angeles Times Bestseller * Washington Post Bestseller * San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller * Chicago Tribune Bestseller "A story to make you believe in the soul-sustaining power of fiction."—Los Angeles Times Book Review After the sinking of a cargo sh... read more

Meaning of It All

Richard Phillips Feynman

Richard P. Feynman's The Meaning of it All collects a series of public lectures from one of the greatest scientific minds of the twentieth century. What is science and what is its true value? Can a scientist believe in God? Why, in this supposedly scientific age, is there such widespread fascination with flying saucers, faith healing, astrology and alien invasion? Can there be such a thing as ... read more

Richard P. Feynman's The Meaning of it All collects a series of public lectures from one of the greatest scientific minds of the twentieth century. What is science and what is its true value? Can a scientist believe in God? Why, in this supposedly scientific age, is there such widespread fascination with flying saucers, faith healing, astrology and alien invasion? Can there be such a thing as ... read more

Around the World in Eighty Days

Michael Palin

For the first of his televised voyages, Michael Palin followed in Phileas Fogg's footprints to circumnavigate the globe. In 'Around the World in 80 Days' he describes his experiences, often joyous, occasionally chaotic and always exciting.

For the first of his televised voyages, Michael Palin followed in Phileas Fogg's footprints to circumnavigate the globe. In 'Around the World in 80 Days' he describes his experiences, often joyous, occasionally chaotic and always exciting.

Andy has 17 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

J David Simons
It was a pleasure working with Andy on the cover design for my latest novel (and his partner Pascale who designed my logo for me). I am not an easy client as I tend to think I know what I want but Andy was happy to accommodate me, coming back at me with his own design ideas so that I felt we had a good collaboration and I was very happy with the end result. Andy is familiar with all the vari...
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J David Simons, February 2021


John Mole
I invited Andy because he is an artist as well as a designer. I loved his previous covers. More painterly than photographic. I was not disappointed. He captured in a single image the fundamental concept of my book, Harley and the Holy Mountain. We soon established a constructive dialogue and he is a pleasure to work with.

John Mole, December 2020

Andy Bridge
I very much enjoyed working with John. Our conversations during the initial stages were easy yet professional and John was very open to my various ideas. He was clear and precise with his brief and...
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Patrick Pusey
C'est une rencontre professionnelle étonnante ! Le travail d'Andy est impécable et j'ai beaucoup appris à son contact, en communicant régulièrement avec lui par Reedsy. Les relations de travail sont chaleureuses et cordiales et Andy m'a fait le bonheur d'accepter de communiquer avec moi en français alors que sa langue maternelle est l'anglais, bien sûr. C'est un atout majeur pour une clientèle ...
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Patrick Pusey, December 2020

Andy Bridge
Working with Patrick was a very enjoyable experience and it also allowed me to practice my written french some more! He was always very helpful when I required more information or feedback on the d...
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Tyler Pike
Andy Bridge is an excellent cover designer with a good understanding of market needs. He's an artist who does not churn out acceptable covers, but rather takes the time to produce something original and eye-catching. As with other cover designers, you will need to come to Andy with a very clear idea of your book's hook and your target market, and what kinds of covers sell well in that category....
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Tyler Pike, October 2020


Chakameh Shafii
I loved working with Andy. He was patient with understanding my vision and translating it to a beautiful book cover. The first proposed design was not moving in the right direction but after a quick feedback I got a new design that really blew me away! Thank you so much Andy.

Chakameh Shafii, September 2020

Andy Bridge
Thanks very much for a lovely review Chakameh, it was a pleasure working with you too. You always gave very clear instructions and very positive criticism when needed. We got the right result in th...
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