Sunday, 19 November 2017

Kjell Ringi III


The Magic Stick (1968) by Kjell Ringi shows the imagination of a young boy who has found a stick, and what, in his mind's eye, that stick allows him to do. A beautiful concept where the ordinary day of the boy is rendered in line and then his imagination is in full colour across the page.




Kjell Ringi II


Of the Kjell Ringi books that I can find, the main characters always appear to have this pop art style moustache. In this book the illustrations have character focus with lots of  uncluttered space on the page and have the drawing quality of wax crayon. The exchange between characters also takes place across the divide of the gutter on double page spreads and the book is wordless except for an explanation at the start.
These illustrations are from 'The Winner' published in 1968.




Saturday, 18 November 2017

Kjell Ringi I






The Stranger: A Modern Fable by Kjell Ringi (1939-2010) was published by Random House in 1968. Kjell Ringi was a Swedish artist, graphic designer, sculptor and writer who published many delightful children's books in the late 1960's and early 1970's.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Bill and Bonnie Rutherford


I am really enjoying a whole new collection of vintage books. This version of Edward Lear's 'Owl and the Pussy Cat' is delightfully illustrated by Bill and Bonnie Rutherford with the illustrations virtually dancing across the spreads.






Thursday, 16 November 2017

Maisie Shearring VII


Moles in bed from the glorious imagination of Maisie Shearring, whose career and work goes from strength to strength.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Gerald Rose


I am still in love with the work of Gerald Rose and this will be my eighteenth post about his work! His  cat and owl above just fill me with joy! Here are some images from his illustrated version of the Jabberwocky and other poems by Lewis Carroll.







Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Bill Charmatz


I have written a book about a cat with very long whiskers, so it was with great joy that I discovered this 1969 book; 'The Cats Whiskers ' by Bill Charmatz (1925-2005).  Bill Charmatz was an illustrator who worked for magazines and newspapers, contributing to the early Sesame Street Magazine and illustrated over 12 books for adults and children.



Monday, 13 November 2017

Nicolas Sidjakov


Nicolas Sidjakov (1924 -1993) was a Latvian  illustrator who trained in Paris and worked as a graphic designer and in the French film industry. In 1954 he moved to the United Stated where he started to illustrate children's books.
Emperor and the Drummer Boy by Ruth Robbins, illustrated by Nicolas Sidjakov was published in 1962 simultaneously in English and French. The Emperor and the Drummer Boy has fantastic illustrations printed in three colours with stunning patterns and line work, it is almost like a piece of scrimshaw.




Sunday, 12 November 2017

Lois Ehlert II



A shoal of surprise fish from the pavement. This is Lois Ehlert's' 'Rains Fish' from 2016. Here Lois has composed fish from found objects to get children to embrace rainy days and look for and make magic. 
“It is these gray winter days that stir my creativity,” Ehlert says. “I am so happy to stay in and work. I am sitting here right now with a bag of scraps on my drawing board. I have green paint underneath my fingernails. I am as happy as a clam.” Lois Ehlert








Saturday, 11 November 2017

Lois Ehlert I


Lois Ehlert is a Caldecott winning illustrator born in 1934 her favourite technique has always been collage, possibly as a result of being given scraps of fabric by her seamstress mother, or off cuts of wood by her father. 
"I grew up getting art supplies, from both of them. My dad was a woodworker and my mum was a seamstress, so I had access to the most beautiful fabric, wonderful colours and a lot of textural things from my dad like nails and wire and wood. So I think I started out doing collage, without even realising or knowing how to spell the word in fact." Lois Ehlert 
Her works, particularly these earlier ones from her book; 'See 1, 2, 3,' 1964 are reminiscent of Leo Lionni's, 'Little Yellow and Little Blue' with lovely rough, torn edges and primitive shapes created by  hand tearing, that have great charm and immediacy.  




Friday, 10 November 2017

Pawel Pawlak IV


Pawel Pawlak is an illustrator whose work I love to follow. These illustrations in blue and red pencil are from Wojciech Widłak’s; 'Dwa serca anioła' (Angel’s Two Hearts), published by Media Rodzina Publishing House in 2011 and were included in the Bologna Illustrators Exhibition. The story is about a boy who needs a heart transplant and is a vibrant sensitive book full of hope. 





Thursday, 9 November 2017

Tip toe around the river




I am away for a week, working in Norfolk, a place I called home from age 11-20, and a place that has a very strong hold on my heart.
I love walking out in the dawn and dusk and seeing what treasure awaits me.
On Tuesday morning it was not very promising, low cloud and uninspiring light, but when I reached the estuary I found these magical foot prints in the silt of the Yare, where curlews had been tip toeing around the tide line.