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 25 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 11 reviews

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Peter Manuselis
Andy was terrific! He nailed the look and feel that I was going for my book illustration. He was easy to bounce ideas with, quick to respond and an all around joy.

Peter Manuselis, July 2020


Charlie Suisman
Six stars, if possible. A great artist/illustrator/designer and an absolute pleasure to work with.

Charlie Suisman, May 2020


Bryan Ugochulwu
Great person to work with

Bryan Ugochulwu, May 2020


RC Cunningham
Andy was an absolute pleasure to work with. Highly professional, creative, prompt and knowledgeable in his field. Having worked with cover designers before, Andy brings something unique with his style and illustrative design. He nailed the concept from the start and was a great collaborator. I simply could not recommend him highly enough.

RC Cunningham, May 2020

Andy Bridge
RC and I seemed to be on the same wavelength from the very beginning of this project. He gave me very clear but open direction and was happy for me to explore my own ideas for the concept of the il...
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Clare Ellis
I had a very good experience working with Andy, who is a talented illustrator and experienced book designer. He produced a lovely cover and was very patient with my requests for tweaks and adjustments. We hope to work with him again!

Clare Ellis, May 2020

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