Roy Carnon, artist and illustrator : records

Scope and Content

Drawings, concept sketches, storyboards, illustrations and photographs for film production design, advertising, book and magazine illustration and commercial graphics.

Administrative / Biographical History

Roy Frederick Carnon (1911-2002) was born in 1911 in England. He grew up in Isleworth, London, and attended art school at Chiswick. Carnon became an illustrator, working mainly for advertising agencies. During the Second World War he worked as a fireman before subsequently joining the RAF ground crew, where he was dispatched to Africa, India and the Far East. After the war he continued to work in advertising and produced book covers. His work includes a number of covers for Edgar Rice Boroughs' science fiction novels published by Four Square Books in 1961-65 and illustrated 'Famous Fighting Aircraft' for the Collins Wonder Colour Books series in 1964. In 1965, Carnon became part of the team involved in producing concept art for 2001: Space Odyssey and continued to create artwork for numerous other movies. He died in 2002.

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Conditions Governing Use

For conservation reasons the photocopying of archival material is not permitted. Archives may be photographed for study purposes only, at the discretion of the archivist.