Terry Pratchett illustrator Paul Kidby's Discworld and Beyond at the St Barbe Museum

By Ben Miller | 16 August 2012
An image of an illustration of a fairytale orc-like figure in a warrior cape with eye patch
Paul Kidby's extraordinary cover for The Last Hero, in 2001
Exhibition: Paul Kidby – Discworld and Beyond, St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, August 18 – September 29 2012

An image of a colourful fairytale illustration of a young woman carrying a huge saucepan
Tiffany Aching, a Discworld witch
It started in 1995, with The Pratchett Portfolio, and was cemented in the Tourist Guide to the mystical world of Lancre, three years later.

Then there was Nanny Ogg’s Cookbook, Death's Domain Map, The Discworld Thieves Guild Diary and this year’s Discworld calendar.

For the past 18 years, Paul Kidby has taken on the nigh-on overwhelming task of illustrating Terry Pratchett’s imagined universe.

In a treat for fans of the books and intricately-detailed graphic art, this masterclass features those bestselling covers and adornments.

Rincewind, the Wee Free Men, Death, witches, wizards, dragons and trolls all appear along the way.

An image of a graphic illustration of an owl and a wizard against a green background
Auld Goggie
Kidby, who started out as a freelancer during the mid-1980s, is unsurprisingly influenced by British folklore and landscapes, and his own works include fairie paintings.

Their appearance at St Barbe may owe something to his own earthly surroundings. The artist has his home and studio in the nearby New Forest area.

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