Friday, 15 December 2017

Sano Yoko

An illustration from Christmas in WWII by Sano Yoko published in 1997 by Akane Shobo. Sano Yoko (1938–2010)  was born in Beijing, China, she studied printmaking in Berlin and settled in Japan becoming a very successful author illustrator of children's books.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Štěpán Zavřel I

Štěpán Zavřel's illustrations from 'The Star Tellers' (Die Sterntaler). The Czech illustrator Štěpán Zavřel (1932-1999) was born in Prague and first specialised in animation. In 1959 he escaped Czechoslovakia and made his way to Italy where he was welcomed in the Trieste refugee camp. He furthered his studies in Rome at the Faculty of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts. 
Štěpán then moved to Germany and studied stage design and theatrical costume at the Munich Kunstakademie. He returned to Italy working as an illustrator and was greatly involved in establishing networks, exhibitions and foundations to encourage and support this art form. 

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Caroline Fisher

Wonderful winter illustration by Carolyn Fisher from 'Weeds Find A Way' written by Cindy Jenson-Elliott published in 2014 by Beach Lane Books /Simon and Schuster. I love the theme of this book and its appreciation of native flora and its resilience. Thank you Joy Chu. 

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Bożena Truchanowska III

More seasonal illustrations by Polish illustrator Bożena Truchanowska this time for 'Holy night' written by Józef Czechowicz. 

Monday, 11 December 2017

Bożena Truchanowska II

Bożena Truchanowska (1929) is a Polish illustrator and these are two winter illustrations from 'Bajeczne Historie' written by Lech Konopiński and published in1970. The images have a charming tilted perspective and seem to use a wax resist for the trees and sky. Bożena is an artist who transcended rigid genres, working as a painter, graphic designer and illustrator, she illustrated over 100 children's books. She was awarded the Polish Section of IBBY (2013) and the silver Gloria Artis (2014) for lifetime achievement. 

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Olga Pavalova I

Czech graphic designer Olga Pavalova's wonderful printed and fine line black and white illustrations from "Bubinek ze skla" 1964 written by Olga Hejna.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Alois Mikulka

Illustrations from 'O Smutnem Tygrovi' 1968 by Alois  Mikulka. Alois was born in Czech in 1933  he studied at the School of Arts in Brno and monumental painting under Ján Želibský at the University of Fine Arts in Bratislava.  Alois went on to work across the arts in painting, sculpture, graphic design, illustration, stage design and was the author of children's plays, fairy tales, poems and prose for children and adults.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Richard Floethe

Richard Floethe's (1901-1988) charming designs  in pastel colours for 'Wumpy's Christmas Gift' by Nancy Nash published 1956. Richard trained in Painting and Printmaking in Munich before emigrating war to America in 1928. In New York he built a career for himself as one of the foremost  graphic designers. From 1930 he established himself as an illustrator, illustrating and designing over a hundred books for children and adults.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Vimmer Katalin Rozalia

Winter scenes by Hungarian illustrator Vimmer Katalin Rozalia from 1982 'Csillagszoros Karacsonyfa' by Vegh Gyorgy.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Helga Aichinger IV

A further post about Helga Aichinger an illustrator whose work often appears before me and always amazes. Helga was exiled from Austria to Britain to her aunts in 1939 and was separated at this time from her twin sister Ilse who went to Australia. She married and had a daughter working in a great variety of jobs and even acted in a film. Her work was often in the media of etching, these images are from 'Ein Kornchen fur den Pfau', 1970 written by Josef Guggenmos.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Alfred Orsiuski

Alfred Olschewski's (1921-2001) 'The Winterbird' 1969, unfortunately I cannot find any other books or information about this author/illustrator.

Alfred Orsiuski

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Tim Miller

'Margarash' is a book by Mark Riddle, illustrated by Tim Miller. It is a story of a boy who loves collecting and counting coins. One day this obsession leads him to reach into the cushions of the sofa for some lost change but is pulled inside . . .
This sub-sofa world, with it's sky of springs, is a parallel world equally scary to under the bed or in the back of the wardrobe. Tim's drawings are fantastic, funny and full of style, though as ever I love the working sketches (see below) that preceded the finished work even more, with their visceral energy and experimentation.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Yi Gee Eun

We have entered December with a partridge and I will attempt to fill your hearts and eyes with seasonal joy. This delightfully vast cat is by Yi Gee Eun and created using a winter blue with red, black and white.