Friday, 19 January 2018
Artist Masayuki Montonaga (1922-2011) made abstract picture books that challenged adults probably much more than the children for which they were intended.
This book of poetry 'It is Lively!' by Shuntaro Tanikawa has energetic splashes and runs of coloured paint was published in 2006. The colour carries, as ever, emotion, energy triggering different reactions and emotions it moves through the pages and mingles with the text.
So refreshing to see a picture book that is not prescriptive and gives space for emotions, imagination and intelligence.
Thursday, 18 January 2018
Wednesday, 17 January 2018
Tuesday, 16 January 2018
Monday, 15 January 2018
Sunday, 14 January 2018
Saturday, 13 January 2018
Friday, 12 January 2018
Exquisitely bright anthropomorphized nature illustrations from "Kolik je na svete kras" 1987 by Czech illustrator Karel Svolinsky (1896-1986).
Karel was a wood engraver and graphic designer, but also turned his hand to stained glass and theatre design.
Thursday, 11 January 2018
Wednesday, 10 January 2018
I found Takefumi Takeyami tae at four o'clock in the morning on the last day of November, she is a Japanese woodcut artist/ illustrator who has just published a book about a Sunfish. In trying to find out more about this book I eventually found her website and some wonderful work,inspired by nature called 'I first saw it when I noticed it'. Here are some of her studies of pigeons.
Tuesday, 9 January 2018
Monday, 8 January 2018
Illustrations by Matsuda Nanako for 'Butterfly' by Kaori Eko. These illustrations with their distinctively Japanese use of the picture plane are interesting in what they reveal and what they cut out of the composition. I admire the combination of both solid colour and linear depiction.