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Daniel Egneus on Illustrating Neil Gaiman's American Gods Quartet

Neil Gaiman's American Gods is a remarkable read; it is a dark, exhilarating thrill of a tale, one that threads fantasy, the gothic, and elements of Norse mythology into an award-winning and astonishing modern classic. It will soon be appearing on-screen and, to coincide with the adaptation, the American Gods Quartet has been re-released with equally dark, inventive, and sumptuously strange illustrations by Daniel Egneus. In this exclusive article, written specially for Waterstones, Egneus gives a welcome and fascinating glimpse into his artistic process, which includes his use of bamboo pens and a Cretan knife.

Shaun Tan: The Grimm Sculptor

Shaun Tan: The Grimm Sculptor

Posted on 31st Oct, 2016 by Sally Campbell

Shaun Tan is an award-winning artist, illustrator and author. Beloved for his quirky, surreal style, Tan is best known for his illustrative work on the picture books The Lost Thing and The Rabbits. His latest book, The Singing Bones, is an exquisitely unusual, entirely original and simply beautiful collection of art inspired by Grimm’s Fairy Tales. We are honoured to present this behind-the-scenes glimpse of Tan's artistic process, exclusive to Waterstones and perfectly apt for All Hallows' Eve.

Q & A: Suzanne Dean on Designing Ian McEwan’s Nutshell

Inspired by Hamlet and told from the point of view of an embryo, Ian McEwan’s 17th novel Nutshell is a 'virtuoso entertainment' (The Guardian); a remarkable read, the book presented a uniquely fascinating challenge for cover designer Suzanne Dean, Creative Director at Vintage Books. Waterstones Online's Sally Campbell was lucky enough to catch up with Dean to discuss her process for Nutshell and how she arrived at the final, pared-down, singular yet striking design.

Video: The Strawberry Girl

Video: The Strawberry Girl

Posted on 15th Apr, 2016 by Sally Campbell

The Strawberry Girl is a fictional account of where Edvard Munch's The Scream began.

Video: Chris Riddell's How to Draw Part Three

Let master children's fiction illustrator, and the Waterstones Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell show you a thing or two about drawing.

Video: Chris Riddell's How to Draw Series Part Two

Let master children's fiction illustrator, and the Waterstones Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell show you a thing or two about drawing.

The Illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

The Illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Posted on 14th Dec, 2015 by Stevie Connor

Take a look at some of Jim Kay's beautiful illustrations as one of our booksellers, Stevie Connor, explains why the new Harry Potter book is such a delight for fans new and old.

Akademie X: Lessons in art and life

Olafur Eliasson, creator of The Tate Modern's The Weather Project, on experimentation in art and the importance of printed books.

Non-fiction Book of the Month: Playing to the Gallery

Non-fiction Book of the Month: Playing to the Gallery

Posted on 31st Oct, 2014 by Grayson Perry & Kerry Meech

Grayson Perry introduces our November Non-fiction Book of the Month Playing to the Gallery and Kerry Meech shares some of her favourite images... 

Grayson Perry - a gallery

Grayson Perry - a gallery

Posted on 6th Sep, 2014 by Kerry Meech

Kerry Meech shares some of her favourite images from Grayson Perry's new book - Playing to the Gallery.

Five books that wouldn't work as eBooks

Yes, we appreciate the irony of this being a blog post... Here's Jonathan O'Brien's books that just don't work digitally...

Redesigning Fitzgerald - Sinem Erkas

Sinem Erkas, the graphic designer behind the stunning cover of Where'd You Go Bernadette, gives us an insight into her latest project - redesigning the jackets of F. Scott Fitzgerald's books...