My theme for the A to Z April Challenge for 2018 is “Me and My Blog”
I L L U S T R A T O R S
For as long as I can remember I have always been enthralled with illustrations. They are beautiful works of art hidden between the pages of a book. I cannot remember how old I was but my earliest memories involve me looking at the illustrations in this huge book. I have no idea what the book was or who created the illustrations, I have never found the book again. The illustrations in this book through were so detailed and there was so much to see, every time you looked you spotted something new. It may be due to this early memory that I like to put hidden details in my projects.
In previous posts I have mentioned a couple of my favourite illustrators, today I thought I would share a few more as they all influence my work in some way. Below are 5 of my favourite illustrators in no particular order.
Quentin Blake is an illustrator I mention quite a lot as I really do love his style of illustration. In May last year I saw a small exhibition of his work which I mentioned in this post here > Giants of Illustrations
Another illustrator I have mentioned during the A to Z Challenge already. Alan Lee is best known for his illustrations of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit. Alan Lee was also a conceptual artist on the movies.
I am attracted to Alan Lee’s illustration because of the marks he makes they are really interesting. Above is some conceptual art from the Hobbit Movie of Rivendell (which happens to be my favourite place in Middle Earth).
Arthur Rackham’s illustrations are magical. They capture the viewers attention with his exquisite line work and subtle water colour execution that brings the drawing to life.
Arthur Rackham is best known for his illustrations of Alice in Wonderland, however the Fairy in Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens is probably one of my favourites. It looks so delicate.
Edward Gorey’s illustrations are a little darker. I like them as the lean towards my slightly Gothic side, which every now and then rears up and takes control. Edward Gorey’s line work is very strong and nearly all his illustrations consist of back ink, very rarely uses any colour.
My final illustrator is someone whose illustrations always bring a smile to my face whenever I see them.
E H Shepherd
Mr Shepherd is best known for his illustrations of the tubby little bear, Winnie the Pooh and his companions, who can all be found in the Hundred Acre Wood.
I hope you have enjoyed five of my favourite illustrators. Tomorrow will be the letter J… I look forward to seeing you then.