Most authors can’t draw. Likewise a lot of illustrators don’t write. Most published books are designed by a designer or typesetter. Myke is all three. Author, illustrator and designer. He understands it’s a great creative release to craft a book and see it in store – a dream fully realised.
Since late 2006, alto books (now alto publishing) has published two of Myke’s books, and Myke has been commissioned to illustrate two more titles by other authors. Over the last two years he has also helped alto publishing designed and typeset a dozen titles, plus Myke Mollard has illustrated a few covers which were published in 2009.
Myke through Wildfire Productions, is consistently working on publishing projects now. His 6 years commercial experience in this area, in developing and collaborating with writers, self publishers and alto publishing can benefit anyone wishing to get there book designed and typeset. His knowledge and connections could guide fellow author/illustrators on what to do next. What truly inspires Myke is creating original work that isn’t ‘anonymous’. here is so much reward in working with passionate artisans and helping them design either an “elegant solution” or a gratifying end.
The following illustrations demonstrate a range of books Wildfire Productions* and Myke Mollard has produced in the past eight years.
One World – a journey. Illustrated beautifully by David Higgins and published by altobooks, was originally designed by Warrnambool design company. The final artwork had to be prepared for printing overseas. With extensive knowledge with overseas jobs Myke Mollard prepared the art to international standards, as well as, completed some last minute design changes and photo retouching. The the following year altobooks reprinted this book as a Mini version for quick counter sales, Myke Mollard did a complete typeset and redesign in scaling the book to this smaller size.
Our Time – Living on Earth. followed the same format as the previous book, yet this time Myke designed the book from start to finish. There was quite a bit more photo retouching required in this book as some of the original images were in separate pieces needing knitting together.
OhDarling Do behave! Written by Tania Materazzo Rann. Typeset, Plus cover designed and retouched by Myke Mollard. Published by altobooks.
Songforge. Written by James Beckingham. Typesetting, cover illustration, cover design and internal B&W illustrations by Myke Mollard. Published by altobooks.
Dragons Rising. Written by James Beckingham. Typesetting, cover illustration, design and internal B&W illustrations by Myke Mollard. Published by altobooks.
The Aspen Portal. Written by James Beckingham, cover illustration and design by Myke Mollard, Internal typeset by Myke Mollard and published by altobooks.
Reflections in my Rear View Mirror, Published by DISA and altobooks. Front cover design compiled and retouched for final print by Myke Mollard and internal picture pages (plates) typeset and layout prepared for final printing by Myke Mollard.
Maximus Musicus, Visits the Orchestra. Australian adaptation published by altobooks and the translation re-typeset in english by Myke Mollard. This also had a DVD and some complicated design opportunities which made it a complex job. The result was great and my kids loved Global Fancy Pants (Iceland) iphone App Maximus Musicus with puzzles, music game and cheese arcade game.
Mis’ka – rite of ascension. Written by M.A. Miller and cover illustration by Cover art by Sebastian Ciaffaglioni, cover design and internal typeset by Myke Mollard. Published by altobooks.
The Ottomans – Empire of Faith. Published in Australia by altobooks. Australian edition amendments, publisher’s logo reworked into opening pages, cover and jacket and file adjustments cover and on internal CIP pages all reworked into final illustrator art files and prepared for reprinting by Myke Mollard.
Chris ‘Roy’ Taylor had this book written, illustrated and designed. Myke Mollard just put some finishing varnish plate touches to the cover and and told the publisher altobooks it was good to go. Myke just helped this book to market with a professional pre-press check and a print plate creation.
Bedpan Blues, written by Sandy Thorn, cover design and typesetting by Myke Mollard. Published by ST Publishing.
*Wildfire Productions is Myke Mollard’s trading name, but in most of the early book designs and typesetting Genie Jar or Genie Productions might be the folio reference.