Don't know which of the two authors is the illustrator but I suspect they both had a go. Very interesting work - somewhat naive but charming and informative. The text is quite relevant to what is happening today to the countryside and all the environmental issues stemming from it! The most unusual interpretation of the Penguin logo ever!
Thursday, 31 December 2009
Sunday, 27 December 2009
"The Haunted Man"
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Unfortunately I haven't got the whole book - just a page from it which came framed as artwork(!) A well-known 20th Century British illustrator - the original illustrations can fetch up to £1000 or more if you are lucky enough to own one.
Born in London in 1876 and studied at Heatherley's School of Art. Worked for The London Illustrated News and Punch Magazine (I've got several Punch cartoons by him published during the First World War which I will post in the near future). After the war he became the Art Editor of the magazine until 1930.
Examples of his book illustrations are included in "The Golf Book"(1932) - where I believe these pictures came from - "Off To The Pictures"(1937) and "Hamish Mc Duff"(1937). Reynolds died in 1953.
Sunday, 20 December 2009
The Prince Of The House Of David, published by George Routledge and Sons, London (date and illustrator unknown)
Thursday, 17 December 2009
Saturday, 12 December 2009
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
This book is a compilation of children's stories by various authors and illustrators, some dating back a couple of decades prior to this publication. This is the wonderful work of Mary Blair who has had such a huge influence on generations of illustrators and designers to this day. I much prefer this work to the illustrations she produced for Disney - less stylized and richer in colours and content. She had such a gift in creating simple, strong shapes that are so descriptive and playful. There are many other interesting illustrators in this volume (Richard Scarry and Aurelius Battaglia for example) which I must post in the future - once I get the time to scan them first...
Friday, 4 December 2009
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
I could spend hours looking at all the lovable characters in this book. Just simple shapes but so well observed and balanced. It's a shame that the colours in my copy of the book (1978 edition) are not showing as well but still brilliant work. There is much narrative, playfulness and humour in every picture (note the carrot on the flag!). There is also reference to impressionism in the way the reflexions in the sea are portrayed which creates atmosphere and certain nostalgia.
Saturday, 28 November 2009
Friday, 27 November 2009
These booklets were published by HM Government in 1945, aiming to educate the public how to use all types of food correctly - and without any waste! In those days, there was an actual Ministry of Food (the publisher of these books) concerned with the health of the nation that had just suffered so much in the war. No need for advice against junk food as there was none! Very concise, practical, easy to follow and full of hints and valuable information that many modern cook books leave out. A far cry from the sensational books by all the celebrity chefs surrounding us today. And the design looks cool too!