Illustrated by Kellie Strom for Nobrow Press
Full colour 20 panel concertina Leporello
Size: 234mm x 141mm
Worse Things Happen at Sea utilizes Nobrow’s popular Leporello series to allow Strøm to flex his drawing muscles and come up with a monster of a concertina book. Inspired by tales of mythical sea creatures and the tall stories of doomed voyages passed down from sailor to son, Strøm brings us a rich tapestry of wonderment. Historical ships are attacked, enveloped and engorged by monstrous creatures surfacing from the deepest depths of the darkest oceans. The full 136 cm image unfolds in front of you like a foreboding fable from the cracked lips of an old sea captain.
Taking over two years to create, the faux engraved colour separation style used for this project has been a departure from his two previous picture books, both illustrated with full colour acrylic paintings. In both techniques Strøm wrestled with creating detailed immersive worlds while also trying to preserve some of the immediacy of the original physical art.
Nobrow is the joint creative endeavour of two friends and ex-St Martin’s alumni: Sam Arthur and Alex Spiro. Since its inception in 2008 Nobrow Ltd. has sought to make great design, ground-breaking art and narrative, luscious production values and environmental consciousness central to its mission. With an emphasis on bringing fresh, young talent to wider audiences, as well as to remind the world of the great talents that have been producing stunning work for many years, Nobrow have sought to bring new stories to life, as well as to revive well-worn yarns for new generations of people.