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.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Michael Foreman II

'The Two Giants' by Michael Foreman was first published in 1967 and is another example of Michael's early experimental work, this time using collage and watercolour.
It is a gentle fable about friendship and quarrels, how they affect us and the world around us. It was republished in 2015 by Walker books and is available in paperback and hardback.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Pablo Luebert II

A complex illustration by Pablo Luebert called; 'The Lady and the Fish' which for e beautifully illustrated the interconnection between us and our environment. Many of Pablo's illustrations are complex graphic puzzles like these, showing the humans not as isolated beings but integrated into the landscape.