Wednesday, 23 July 2014

"Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish" By Michael Foreman (Puffin Books, Penguin Books Ltd, London 1974) - Part 2


Michael Foreman (born in Suffolk, UK in 1938) is a prolific children's author and illustrator working over the past five decades. He received the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize for his work and has collaborated with many well known writers. Here's an extended biography on him (on the British Council's website) with a long list of his books:

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

"The Dork Of Cork" By Chet Raymo, Cover Illustration By Richard Beards (published by Bloomsbury Publishing Ltd, London 1993)


The fantastic work of British illustrator Richard Beards( ). I was very lucky to have seen some of Richard's work in the flesh - as well as meeting him a few times some twelve years ago - and it's way better than the printed material. His sense of design and colour is so elegant and sophisticated that it's as if it comes from another era - the thirties perhaps or the forties. It's certainly very rare to find such quality in contemporary illustration.

This book was made into a feature length film "Frankie Starlight" starring Matt Dillon and Anne Parillaud in 1995, two years after it's publication. Chet Raymo's biography here:

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

"The Pan Book Of Limericks" Edited By Louis Untermeyer, Illustrated By R. Taylor of the New Yorker (published in Great Britain in 1963 by Pan Books Ltd; this edition is from 1977) Part 3


A great little book I picked up from a second-hand bookshop some time ago. Richard D. Taylor(1902-1972) was a Canadian-born artist who came to the US in the mid-1930's and produced work for many American publications including The New Yorker, Esquire, The Saturday Evening Post, Playboy and many others. There are plenty of images to be found on the internet but not any decent biographies - this is the best one I could find:

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

"Vere Foster's Copy Books: Lettering, Plain And Ornamental" (published by Blackie & Son Limited, London and Glasgow, year unknown)


An interesting calligraphy manual from a long time ago - when people took writing and type seriously... The book offers practical hints and technical information on how to produce fancy lettering while providing lined pages for the user to practise copying it. As you can see on the third image, someone's had a pretty good go at it!