Lonely Planet Writer

In the studio with Ross Murray, illustrator for Lonely Planet's Epic Bike Rides of the World


Recently, we went behind the scenes with Ross Murray, who illustrated Lonely Planet’s Epic Bike Rides of The World title. We quizzed Ross on the colours and composition of some of the most striking images in the book.

Tell us about the brief

For the cover image (above) the aim was to create an illustration that was emblematic of an ‘epic ride’. As the book highlights amazing cycleways across the world, it needed to be universal and not based on a specific location.

How did you make a start?

For each illustration, I deliberately styled them to have a point of difference to the photography. Illustrating in a ‘vintage travel’ style is something I do a lot, but with this series of images I stepped slightly outside my comfort zone and experimented with more shapes and different brushes.

Were there any challenges?

Choosing the locations upon which to base the illustrations took a lot of time and research in order to give each illustration and region an identity. This identity is helped by the diverse colour pallet I used which makes these images so eye-catching.

Ross' illustrations







Discover 200 of the best places to ride a bicycle in this beautifully illustrated hardback. From easy-going, family-friendly rides and urban sightseeing routes to epic adventures off the beaten track, you don't have to wear Lycra to see the world on two wheels.

Epic Bike Rides of the World is available now on Lonely Planet's online shop.