I love the expressiveness in the faces and actions in these characters. Just take a note of those crossed feet in the picture below - maximum comic effect achieved with such few lines! Stylish, cool and funny...
Thursday, 28 June 2012
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
"Comic Epitaphs" Illustrated by Henry R. Martin (The Peter Pauper Press, Mount Vernon, New York, 1957)
What a great little book this is - I picked it up in a car boot sale last Sunday amazed that nobody had spotted it! Classic 1950's design and illustrations in mint condition - and, it appears to be a first edition even though I'm not an expert in that field. Again, I couldn't find much information on the artist - American I presume - apart from a presentation of the same book on the "Today's Inspiration" blog four years ago: http://todaysinspiration.blogspot.co.uk/2008/05/report-from-reubens-henry-r-martin.html
Saturday, 23 June 2012
"Essential Knowledge For All", Illustration by Leslie S. Haywood (Odhams Press Limited, London 1947)
Sunday, 17 June 2012
Interesting illustrations in this "Teach yourself Dutch" book from the sixties. No mention of any euros here...
Monday, 11 June 2012
Forgot to mention Lane Smith's own blog showcasing his amazing work over the past 25 years and links for viewing - and buying - other books illustrated by him: http://lanesart.blogspot.co.uk/ Another excellent blog by Lane Smith is: http://curiouspages.blogspot.co.uk/ Here, he presents old, classic children's books that have inspired him. Sadly, neither blog seems to have been updated recently but still, they are very exciting visually and with many interesting links.
Sunday, 10 June 2012
"The Stinky Cheese Man And Other Fairly Stupid Tales" By Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith (Puffin Books, Penguin Books Ltd, London 1992)
The second Jon Scieszka book to be featured on this blog - last one being "The Frog Prince Continued" http://picturesfromanoldbook.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/frog-prince-continued-by-jon-scieszka.html . Very anarchic sense of humour - not always in favour with kids in my experience, but very exciting for adults because you just can't guess how the story is going to end as in normal children's books! The illustrations are certainly very entertaining and seductive. This was the first of a long collaboration between the writer and the illustrator - all other titles are listed on their wikipedia page, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Scieszka#Picture_Books