Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Janosch II

The sad story of Valek by Janosch published in 1960. It is the tale of a horse who travels through the country with his violinist master Jarosch. When Jarosch plays the violin Valek has to cry to show how beautiful the violin sounds. However Jarosch does not respect the friendship of his faithful horse, he gets him to perform endlessly and work hard and then in the ultimate betrayal Jarosch paints the horse in black and sells it to a soldier.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Janosch I

Janosch's style is reminiscent of some of the work of John Burningham (1936), Max Velthuijs (1923–2005) David McKee (1935). A style of the late sixties and early seventies, with bold pattern and often garish, strong colour juxtaposition. Bollerbam was published in 1968.

Janosch (Horst Eckert) was born in Hindenburg in 1931. He worked initially in a textile factory before attending art college in Munich and then becoming a freelance artist. He has created over a hundred books for children many in an almost comic strip style, but I love these richer, bolder illustrations from his earlier books.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Yutaka Ito

Please don't take the sunshine away by Yutaka Ito (sorry no web link available).

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Brian Wildsmith

Couldn't resist a little more magic and colour from Brian Wildsmith today, from the book 'Something Fascinating'.

Brian Wildsmith's suns

Above and below: What the Moon Saw 2000

It is that time of the year when I am missing the sun, so as a balm for winter weariness I thought I would collect some Brian Wildsmith sunshine, for a burst of exuberant pattern and brightness.

I heard this week that Moscow normally gets only 18 hours of sunshine in December, however this winter they only received 6 minutes!!!!! So I dedicate this post to the people of Moscow, may you soon have lots of sunshine to warm your winter blues away.

Above: A Child's Garden of Verses 1984.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Masayuki Motonaga

Artist Masayuki Montonaga (1922-2011) made abstract picture books that challenged adults probably much more than the children for which they were intended.
This book of poetry 'It is Lively!' by  Shuntaro Tanikawa has energetic splashes and runs of coloured paint was published in 2006. The colour carries, as ever, emotion, energy triggering different reactions and emotions it moves through the pages and mingles with the text.

So refreshing to see a picture book that is not prescriptive and gives space for emotions, imagination and intelligence.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Tania Willis

Tanya Willis is an illustrator and designer based in Hong Kong whose work is bright and joyful, her map work is stunning and her design work clear and bold.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Mole Love

I am misguidedly already looking to spring. One of my favourite, subtle, indications of its imminent arrival is the proliferation of earth works by the hidden subterranean mammals as they search for love in the dark humus of earth.  Moles and their hills are very underappreciated in the fast technological world of humans but for me they are a valentine to the soil.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Ichigo Sakko

A wonderful chicken cooking up some hot milk on a cold night by Illustrator and animator Ichigo Sakko .

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Teresa Wilbik I

One of the stunning illustrations by Teresa Wilbik (1938) from 'The Magic Mill' 1970 by Alina and Jerzy Afanasjew, a story of a town lost in sadness and two children who strive to bring happiness back.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Friday, 12 January 2018

Karel Svolinsky I

Exquisitely bright anthropomorphized nature illustrations from "Kolik je na svete kras" 1987 by Czech illustrator Karel Svolinsky (1896-1986).
Karel was a wood engraver and graphic designer, but also turned his hand to stained glass and theatre design.