Lisl Weil is my new favorite, and thankfully extremely prolific children's illustrator with an incredible back catalog of some simply stunning children's books. Here are some illustrations from 'The Fantastic Toy Shop' published in 1966.
Thursday, 29 July 2021
Gillie and the Flattering Fox adapted and illustrated by Lisl Weil published in 1978. It is that ancient story of the wiley fox and its desires for a chicken. Lisl's illustrations are flowing and full of humor, the dance and music that was her passion seem to flow in her elegant lines.
Wednesday, 28 July 2021
The Walrus and the Carpenter and Other Poems by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Gerald Rose, published in 1968. Readers of this blog will know that Gerald Rose is an absolute hero of mine and these illustrations are truly wonderful.
Tuesday, 27 July 2021
Monday, 26 July 2021
Sunday, 25 July 2021
Saturday, 24 July 2021
Tara books have hinted that they may be reprinting 'Anything But a Grabooberry', written by Anushka Ravishankar, and typographically illustrated by Rathna Ramanathan, which is wonderful news as this celebrated book is very hard to find.
‘We found that children enjoy figuring out words like puzzles, since they have no pre-conceptions about this. Adults are not necessarily faster at comprehending it.’ Gita Wolf, publisher at Tara Books
Friday, 23 July 2021
Christian Morgenstern's 1905 'In the Land of Punctuation' was re-interpreted and published in 2017 by Tara Books with graphic design and typography by Rathna Ramanathan. Christian Morgenstern’s poem is a darkly comic dadaist piece. The text has unmistakable political undertones suggesting manacing, authoritarian systems of control. Its graphic representation through typography by Rathna Ramanathan has a very similar visual language to Russian Constructivism of the early 20th Century.
"Writing is a visual image. In order for us to read sometimes, we don’t react to writing as a visual image because we’re taking in the content. There’s a sort of hierarchy that’s contained there where you ignore how something looks — unless you’re a designer and you refuse to buy something because the typography’s really bad!" Rathna Ramanathan
Thursday, 22 July 2021
Every morning the first sound I hear is a throb of bees filling up on nectar and pollen from my front hedge of St Johns Wart, it is fascinating and pure joy to see all the varieties. This is a painting by Emily Powell which has that joy.