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Ye Old Bookworms — an eBay shop specialising in old and historic books — owner Steve contacted me regarding an ex libris (or bookplate) to represent the company, to be used across its social media and shop.


This was fun to create because I had not previously visited this style in my work, and I embraced this new challenge. Steve provided an initial sketch that closely resembled the above, and explained that he wanted the image to denote the mystery and wonder that he feels his vintage books encompass — a time when each illustration took many painstaking hours to create, lovingly translated into a brass negative for the bookplates.


Talking to Steve gave me a good sense of the business, his interests and his journey to becoming a bibliophile, and I channeled his passion into the final illustration.


Ye Old Bookworms
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