Friday, 19 January 2018

Masayuki Motonaga

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

Tania Willis

Tanya Willis is an illustrator and designer based in Hong Kong whose work is bright and joyful, her map work is stunning and her design work clear and bold.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Mole Love

I am misguidedly already looking to spring. One of my favourite, subtle, indications of its imminent arrival is the proliferation of earth works by the hidden subterranean mammals as they search for love in the dark humus of earth.  Moles and their hills are very underappreciated in the fast technological world of humans but for me they are a valentine to the soil.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Ichigo Sakko

A wonderful chicken cooking up some hot milk on a cold night by Illustrator and animator Ichigo Sakko .

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Teresa Wilbik I

One of the stunning illustrations by Teresa Wilbik (1938) from 'The Magic Mill' 1970 by Alina and Jerzy Afanasjew, a story of a town lost in sadness and two children who strive to bring happiness back.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Friday, 12 January 2018

Karel Svolinsky I

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.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Takefumi Takeyami tae I

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.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Matsuda Nanako I

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.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Gerald Rose VII

 'Dan McDougall and the bulldozer' written by Lydia Pender and illustrations by the fantastic Gerald Rose.