Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Felicita Sala

Pages of redheads from the sketchbook of Italian illustrator Felicita Sala. I love the mix of materials and different linear effects that Felicita achieves in her drawings. Felicita has a wonderful blog full of her work and photographs.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Kate Harnett

This is a book by Kate Harnett another MA graduate of Anglia Ruskin whose work I saw in Bologna These illustrations are from 'The Ghost in the Greenhouse' a comic picture book "with mild peril and many plants" with lovely use of light and dark and warm and cold colours to lead your eye through the story.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Maisie Paradise Shearring II

Maisie Paradise Shearring's illustrations from 'Susan's School Days' (a comic book that Maisie is developing) were exhibited in the Bologna Children's Book Fair Illustrators Exhibition' this spring.
It is a lovely book of remembered childhood, bringing back memories of the textures and smells of school and the feeling of being small, mixed with the horrors of old fashioned teaching practices and corporal punishment. Maisie has just completed her MA in Illustration at the Anglia Ruskin University she has a wonderful loose sketchy style. I featured her work when she graduated from Edinburgh College of Art and it is great to follow her career.
I am looking forward to meeting her early next year at the Scottish National Gallery.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Danijel Srdarev

This is a very different impression of bird song by Danijel Srdarev with an enigmatic roughness and a fresh naive quality. Danijel's work was exhibited as part of the Croatian Exhibition at the Bologna Children's Book Fair, it is exuberantly messy; mixing media, fine art, illustration and graphic design in an excitement of illustration that is very compelling.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Emilie Vast I

Emilie Vast is a French illustrator who produces beautiful ,clean graphic designs. These illustrations are from her book 'The song of Colombine' which was published by the wonderful MeMo last autumn. A story book of finding song, Colombine the main character learns a different musical note from every bird she visits to compose a love song.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Angi Lewin

Angi Lewin walks, observes and gathers treasures which she then uses to inspire her paintings, prints and textile designs. This is a selection of her watercolours from Angi Lewin's latest exhibition which opened at the Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh. Angi's latest watercolours have a delicate poetry of washes and line that already hints of abstraction towards design.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Why are you going to buy 20 cans of shaving foam?

                                    (Above and below) James Dorward's silhouette.

I like 'surrealist drawing techniques', methods of creating unintentional magic, surprises and inspiration. When you are jaded, or in this case it is drawing to the end of the academic year and everyone has been bogged down in preparing portfolios and completing course work, these techniques give a fresh breath of creativity and fun.
It has been a while since I shared a lesson with you as well, so here goes.

For this activity which is great for all ages you need:

A tray,
A can of shaving foam,
Three small containers of runny paint (different colours)
A scraper.
A stick or pointed object.

Cover the tray in a layer of shaving foam (I then smoothed this like icing a cake or smoothing meringue).
Then scatter splashes or spots of paint over the surface.
Take your stick, handle of paintbrush etc and draw swirls and patterns through the paint.
Lay the paper gently on top and pat down, you can see when it makes contact with the paint.
Peel it away from foam then scrape the foam from the paper to reveal a marbled effect.
You can use your tray of foam again and again, adding more paint and drawing patterns through it each time, until it becomes too muddy for you. We used the resulting marble effects to look and draw into, for collage, or to create silhouettes over like my student James Dorward's example above. Enjoy yourselves it's fun!

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Andrea D'Aquino

"Excited" is too small a word to describe my feelings about this project that miraculously found me. For the last few months, I've been working on a freshly-illustrated version of Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". (An almost preposterous concept, for any artist - I'll be the first to say). It'll be published in Sept. 2015, this is simply a sneak peak at the dummy copy. I'll say much more about it, later in the year." Andrea D'Aquino 
A tiny glimpse of Andrea D'Aquino's version of Alice in Wonderland, to be published in September by Rockport books. I really love the 'surprise' statement excerpts on the page ends and the loose, abstract, splashy style of the illustrations in paint, combined with Andrea's characteristic use of collage. I'm really looking forward to seeing more.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Roger Chouinard

It seems to be all about mouths so far this week and so I would like to introduce the work of graphic designer and artist Roger Chouinard who likes to create incidental illustrations using found objects. Roger's work reminds me of the creativity of Serg Bloch and Saul Steinberg.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Alessandro Sanna

Italian illustrator Alessandro Sanna's ABC of the mouth is a fun book where letters form the lips or mouth of the people, to guide you through the alphabet.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Sabine Timm

I am sorry I am late today and flustered by the amount of work I have to do in the next few days.
Hopefully I can make it up to you with this beautiful collage by Sabine Timm, her work always makes me happy and the pink cat looks very sorry.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Tetsuhiro Wakabayashi

Last week was about a paper boat this week we have 'Wishing upon a night sky' by 若林哲博イラストレーションTetsuhiro Wakabayashi, everything is about fragile dreams, hopes and wishes and working to make them come true.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Suzy Lee

A surreal and quite scary monochrome interpretation of 'Alice in Wonderland' by Suzy Lee was originally published in Italy in 2002. This book has a dramatic, theatrical feeling created using a combination of photographs, collage and illustration. Masks, mirrors and smoke screens, it looks like a magic show where the audience will be persuaded to believing many strange things. This book reminds me of Sarah Moon's haunting interpretation of Little Red Riding Hood in it's frightening altered reality.
"The book 'Alice in Wonderland' was made when I was staying in London few years ago. During my staying in London, I happened to see Lewis Carroll’s manuscript of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ and John Tenniel’s original illustrations at the British Library, and this made me reread this all-time favorite classic. Rereading the Alice book as a grown-up reader was very intriguing: the nightmarish atmosphere and eccentric characters of the story fascinated me. Lewis Carroll’s Alice book is such an abundant resource, which evokes many issues in multifarious ways."
 "I tried to produce a book that reflects upon subject matters like constructed illusions and realities and the dream-within-a-dream structure, which contains a circular regression and self-reflexivity. Like the epitaph of Lewis Carroll, Is all our life, then, but a dream?, these themes have been one of the eternal pending questions for us, and especially for the artists, who, in my opinion, are dealing with visual matters. I may say that Lewis Caroll’s book appealed to me in terms of illuminating the relationship between illusion and reality." Suzie Lee

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Ana Pez

It is strange to me how one book can stay in my mind so much from Bologna, but Ana Pez's 'Mon petit frère invisible' has done just that. It is just such a clever book and such good fun watching how a picture and meaning can be hidden, and pictures become changed so dramatically when you put on the magic red glasses that accompany this book. My Invisible Little Brother is printed in just two colours and these bicolour illustrations manage to make two simultaneous stories by using the special glasses that conceal the orange ink, as demonstrated in the Ana's gif.