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 (over 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 22 reviews

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Donna Wiram
My collaboration with Andy has been outstanding. As a new author, he worked with me until I got the design concept from my head transferred to his illustration. He listened to what I was trying to accomplish, responded to messages and questions and always professional. Extremely easy to work with. Would recommend anyone needing design services to contact him!

Donna Wiram, September 2021


Brooke English
Have loved working with Andy both times. He is responsive, communicative, warm, and does great work. I would absolutely recommend him and would work with him again. He and I spoke at length with regards to the themes in the book and what I was looking for, and put our heads together to come up with something awesome. Then Andy worked his magic and brought it to life. His work is beautiful, whim...
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Brooke English, May 2021


Kay Campbell
I highly recommend Andy Bridge. He illustrated the cover for my urban fantasy - time-travel novel The Sons of Fez. He is, first and foremost, a highly-talented illustrator and designer. So I love his work. He is also a great person to work with. He's responsive, cheerful, and very very professional. All his years of work in the industry are evident in every message and communication. He listen...
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Kay Campbell, May 2021

Andy Bridge
Working with Kay was a pleasure. She gave a very detailed brief and was very open to, and appreciative of, my interpretations of her ideas. She was happy for me to try out various colour schemes f...
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Tom Dymond
I very much admire Andy's work, and was so excited to be able to collaborate with him for my first book. Considering his ability and experience I found his quote to be very reasonable, and now that he has produced a book cover that I love, I am extremely happy. Andy happily trialled out the ideas I had to begin with and—when it became apparent the images in my head would not work on a book!—he ...
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Tom Dymond, May 2021

Andy Bridge
Working with Tom was very enjoyable. After discussing several ideas we decided on a design that included some of Tom's and some of my ideas. I am very happy with the result and I hope Tom was too...
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Patrick Pusey
I'd like to express deep gratitude to Andy bridge for his helpful collaboration on this second project together. He made great efforts and he succeeded so well to communicate in French with me, my native language. The cover design is amazing again! I acknowledge Andy's artistic sense and I appreciate so much his directions. So discreet, so efficient! Thank you so much, Andy. I am looking forwar...
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Patrick Pusey, March 2021

Andy Bridge
I really enjoyed working with Patrick again and I would very much recommend him to anyone considering collaborating with him on future projects. It is a pleasure to work with him.

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