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.
Monday, 11 December 2017
Sunday, 10 December 2017
Saturday, 9 December 2017
Friday, 8 December 2017
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'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
Tuesday, 5 December 2017
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
Sunday, 3 December 2017
'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
Friday, 1 December 2017
Thursday, 30 November 2017
Wednesday, 29 November 2017
Illustrations from Helga Aichinger's 'Rain Mouse' 1970, I love the work of this Austrian illustrator, author. This book is about a mouse who starts the rain by gnawing holes in the rain clouds. Soft, beautifully composed illustrations make this book a classic.
Tuesday, 28 November 2017
Lovely to find a gentle and kind book. These are some images from Peter Wezel's wordless book 'The Good Bird' 1966, about a bird befriending a fish and bringing it food. With simple crayon images gently conveying a powerful message about the joy of kindness.