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 (about 27 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 (5 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.

Journey To The Heartland

Huang, Xiaolong, Curtis, Vanessa, Anderson, Danielle, Weise, Donald, Bridge, Andy

Andy has 38 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Angie Hawkins
Andy is a very talented artist and I am extremely pleased with my cover! I only gave him a few vague ideas and he totally rolled with it and produced some amazing drafts. I only had a few additional asks and he was very accommodating and punctual. Highly recommend!

Angie Hawkins, July 2022


Xiaolong Huang
I hired Andy for designing the cover for my book “journey to the heartland”. He put his heart and mind in it, and produced something classic, artistic and mesmerizing. My reviewers and marketing team also highly praised the book cover design. He is thorough in adjusting his work and updating on things that are necessary and important. While book is still going through final adjustment before it...
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Xiaolong Huang, June 2022


Ciaran English
My experience with Andy was amazing. This cover meant a lot to our family and Andy understood that from the very beginning. Andy was quick to respond and keep us updated on how everything was going. When times got busy for us on our end, Andy was understanding then too. He worked at our pace and produced a beautiful cover that has made a decade-long dream come to life. I would definitely work w...
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Ciaran English, May 2022

Andy Bridge
When Ciaran got in touch with me about his, and his family's, plan to complete the book that his father had started, it immediately struck a chord with me. I was very happy to play a small part in ...
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Kyle Clayton
Andy admitted to me he doesn't normally do fantasy fiction covers, but I thought his portfolio was so good, I trusted that he could come up with something beautiful, and that's exactly what he did. I knew I wanted a very different cover from the standard fare, but otherwise had almost no notion of what to ask for. I just told him a little about the book, and let him have creative license. He ro...
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Kyle Clayton, April 2022

Andy Bridge
Kyle was very open with his brief, but at the same time gave me plenty of information to work with. Although the genre is a little outside of my usual scope, Kyle was kind enough to have confidence...
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Lowell Ritchie
Excellent! Quickly picks up my ambling, wordy intentions--and sketches in what he imagines I wanted! He is always negotiable, forgiving, searching and able.

Lowell Ritchie, March 2022

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