Wednesday, 24 May 2017
Fero Lipták is a sculptor, artist and illustrator from Slovakia.
If there was a reoccurring theme to this years Bologna Children's Book Fair I would say it was the use of this technique, which I call knitting with line, where you build images by layering scribbled lines. Fero has used this technique in the book; 'Dierozrut', written by his wife Slavka Liptákova, the main character is hungry and journeys far into the universe and back looking for fulfillment.
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
'Cheongyang Market' is a gentle book beautifully illustrated and written by Korean poet and illustrator Kwang-Kyu Kong observing the similarities between man and animal and the characters of village markets, published by Grassandwind Publishing.
The illustrations have a wonderful printed scumble effect and feel quite retro and charming.
Monday, 22 May 2017
It is always very difficult to share Korean illustration, often you cannot find an English translation of the name so that you cannot even search for them. This year translations were provided at Bologna but the publishers are super protective and secretive and hate you documenting their books in any way. This book by Jeong-Sun Choy is called 'Guess Who' and is illustrated by Lee Haery using simple but very effective ink drawings combined with real foliage.
Sunday, 21 May 2017
Saturday, 20 May 2017
'The rock that wanted to travel' written by Spanish author Nono Granero and it is illustrated by Géraldine Alibeu made me gasp out loud when I first read its images. Unable to read French I immediately fell in love with this boulder with its gentle expressions and tiny arms, speaking its strange language of red dashes.
It is not a sad story at all, but if you just read the pictures it is possible to interpret a very different story to that of the text. The main character is a large rock, isolated in a mountain landscape who dreams of traveling. An encounter with a passing geologist enables this dream to become a reality.
I fell in love with the boulder and had to have the book. The story resonates for me as I have wondered about reincarnation and fossils and how you would be trapped in a fossil for so long without chance of being a living creature for many millennia.
Friday, 19 May 2017
Thursday, 18 May 2017
These are some pages from a wonderful book illustrated using paper cuts by Michaela Kukovičová and published by Baobab. Michaela uses many techniques and is a master of collage. This book is full of primitive charm and brings all the wonder of the mythical Hans Christian Andersen's paper-cuts and storytelling.
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Tuesday, 16 May 2017
Juraj Horváth's illustrations form a collection of short stories published by the publishing house Baobab which he established with his wife Tereza in 2000 . Since 2003 he has been leading the studio for illustration and graphic art at Prague’s Art College VŠUP.
Baobab's stall as part of a collective supported by the Sasek Foundation at the Bologna Children's Book Fair is always such a treat, rich, varied and unique, I really admire the work which they produce.
Monday, 15 May 2017
Sunday, 14 May 2017
￼I have been playing with these Japanese toys since seeing them on social media. They are a traditionally a paper toy that looks like a tiger or a lion dancing. They can be very simple or complex in design but are fun to bring to life. I wanted to make mini beasts but also had a go at making a rabbit.
You make an upside down box that can catch the air attach legs with weighted feet and then you fan it so that it rises or moves. I tried a rabbit and a fly and spider and have made ladybird instructions for you.