Monday, 8 March 2021

Victoria Semykina VI

Victoria Semykina, has been awarded the first prize of the prestigious Korean Nami competition. The illustrations with which she won are taken from the book: ′′ Fran çois Truffaut. (The child who loved cinema) written by Luca Tortolini. They are stunning textural layered images with Victoria's signature poetic line. 

Sunday, 7 March 2021

Saki Matsumoto


I love the full saturated colour work of Saki Matsumoto, silkscreen and paintings. They remind me of aspects of Tove Jansson's illustrations. 

Saturday, 6 March 2021

Jana Glatt


Sometimes you just need colour and colourful characters, today's illustrations are by Jana Glatt.

Friday, 5 March 2021

William Wondriska I


I'm sorry, I have such a tiny picture of the juicy endpapers for this book by William Wondriska, but I wanted to share them anyway, one side has a prickle of spears the other juicy tomatoes. 

These images are from 'The Tomato Patch' by William Wondriska published in 1964. The linework is fantastic and the story about two kingdoms so full of weapons there is nowhere to grow fresh food, so they eat from tins and make more weapons. The kingdoms have no colour, then the two princes fortuitously wander into the forbidden forest and find a girl tending her tomatoes and you get a pop of amazing orange.

The girl sends each prince home with a tomato plant and from then on the kingdoms transform into happy, peaceful places where people tend the land and grow their food. 

Thursday, 4 March 2021

Aoi Huber-Kono


I love this odd liner style of drawing and composing images by Aoi Huber-Kono, from her book 'Big Fish' published in 2007.

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Coralie Bickford-Smith


Coralie Bickford-Smith is an illustrator famous for 'The Fox and Star' a wonderful book, full of detail and surface design. Coralie has been who specializes in cover design she has been working for Penguin books designing the covers for their clothbound classics. These are some illustrations from, 'The Worm and the Bird' which was published in 2017.  

Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Jitka Kolinska I

Jitka Kolinska (1930-1992) a Czech artist, illustrator, and printmaker, these images are taken from 'Bílý Havran', by Filip Cyril Župka published in 1960.

Monday, 1 March 2021

Pawel Pawlak V

Pawel Pawlak's beautiful, strong cover for 'Wszystkie kolory świata', a book of twenty stories about empathy, equality, and openness that give strength to children discriminated against because of being different. The heroes and heroes of these stories include an individual frog who can't be like other green frogs. A white squirrel who dreams of being like a redhead friend. A school football team, which, as a sign of solidarity with an embroidered colleague, decides to support him in a surprising way. 
Every story, appealing to empathy, brings hope for a better and diversity-open world. 
This is the collaborative effort of forty-three writers and illustrators who took part entirely for charity, and a sense of solidarity with excluded and harassed children. 

Sunday, 28 February 2021

Nina Dzyvulska


I have been exploring the work of Nina Dzyvulska who has a very clean graphic style. I really liked these tiny idea books that she has made.

Saturday, 27 February 2021

Aldo Jarillo


Aldo Jarillo's illustration (above) has been selected as one of the winners of the COW International Design Festival, Biennial 2020. Aldo's work is powerful and provocative in sketch, mixed media and collage.

Friday, 26 February 2021

André François VI


Little Boy Brown by Isobel Harris, illustrated by André François (1915 – 2005), originally published in 1949 republished in 2013 a joy of a book about a boy struggling with city life where no one goes outside. He gets taken to the countryside one day by Kind Hilda and he loves the life in Hilda's family home and the fun, and the noise, and the animals.  André François's drawings are full of observational gems and humor.