Tuesday, 10 March 2015

"Ronald Searle's Non-Sexist Dictionary" By Ronald Searle (Published by Souvenir Press Ltd, London 1988) Part 2

 
 
Zany illustrations from this 1988 book by Ronald Searle (1920-2011). A good biography on the artist here: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/jan/03/ronald-searle The best source of information on the artist is actually the Ronald Searle Tribute blog with many extended articles on his life and work: http://ronaldsearle.blogspot.co.uk/
 
 



Monday, 23 February 2015

"Araminta's Wedding" By Jilly Cooper And Pictures By Sue Macartney-Snape (published by BCA by arrangement with Methuen, London 1993) - Part 4

 

Couldn't resist two more stunning illustrations from Sue Macartney-Snape's book. The mastery in the drawing and the balance of colours and details is unbelievable. Many more to see - and buy - from the artist's website: http://www.sms-editions.co.uk/
 

Monday, 16 February 2015

"Araminta's Wedding" By Jilly Cooper And Pictures By Sue Macartney-Snape (published by BCA by arrangement with Methuen, London 1993) - Part 3


 
According to the author's introductory note, the pictures came first! Quite an unconventional process for a writer having to imagine stories, situations and relationships between characters of an artist's set of drawings. But these are not just any ordinary illustrations. The characters are so well observed and vivid, their clothes and the settings are so detailed that they create their own farcical narratives. Sue Macartney-Snape's pictures are exquisite, each character complete in every aspect - the dresses, the pets, the expressions on their faces, even the furniture and hundreds of artifacts.
 


Monday, 9 February 2015

"Araminta's Wedding" By Jilly Cooper And Pictures By Sue Macartney-Snape (published by BCA by arrangement with Methuen, London 1993) - Part 2

 
 
Sue Macartney-Snape probably needs no introduction - to the British public anyway. According to the biographical note on her website, she was born in Tanzania, grew up in Australia and arrived in London in 1980... http://www.sms-editions.co.uk/biography.php
 
Her work is widely known from the Saturday Telegraph Magazine's Social Stereotypes column (between 1994 and 2011). Collections from this series have been published in nine books so far and there is a huge selection of limited edition prints available to buy on the above website.
 

 

Sunday, 25 January 2015

"Good-Night, Owl" By Pat Hutchins (published by Julia MacRae, Random House, London 1993 - originally published by Bodley Head in 1972) Part 2

 
 
The beautiful work of British born author and illustrator Pat Hutchins (b.1942). Better known, of course, for the classic "Rosie's Walk" (1968), "The Wind Blew"(1974), "Don't Forget The Bacon!"(1976), she produced dozens of children's books in her long career. A brief biography here: http://www.harpercollins.com/cr-107122/pat-hutchins