Sunday, 25 February 2018

Josef Paleček IV

At the end of a day of celebrating Josef Paleček's eighty fifth Birthday on a cold February evening it seems fitting to share his illustrations from 'Pampelisek'  a book of poetry by Issy, V · Svoboda, published in a small run of 6000 in 1971. This has winter delights like a poor fish staring from a frozen pond, sledding and snow crunch, morning walks with the birds singing. 

Josef Paleček III

Josef Paleček's delicious hippopotamus butterfly from 'Pummel' published in 1995.

Josef Paleček II

"Jak zabicky pily caj" 1964 written by Gennadij Cyferov illustrated by Josef Paleček is one of those soft magazine like books, that is a miracle in itself to have survived so long. The illustrations in this book have a very contemporary Japanese feel as well as strong graphic compositions.

Josef Paleček

It is Josef Paleček's birthday today, he is eighty six and I hope he is having a happy and healthy birthday.
Here is a sample of his magical illustrations from  'Jake Oci Ma Vitr' written by Miroslav Florian and published in 1968.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Seiichi Horiuchi

Seiichi Horiuchi's (1932-1987) illustrations for Groompa's kindergarten" by Minami Nishiuchi, a sad story of an elephant trying to fit in , eventually he finds acceptance in a children's nursery. 
Seiichi Horiuchi was born in Tokyo, Mukushima in 1932. where he joined his father's graphic business. In 1955 Adcenter was founded and Seiichi was responsible for editorial design nd advertisements. His first picture book "Kurouma Blanky" was published in 1985, he went on to write and illustrate over 100 children's books.  He also worked on the publication of; Anan, Popey and Brutus. For the last seven years he lived in Paris with his family.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Nagano Hirokazu I

Nagano Hirokazu's book, 'Lonely Lion', about trying to fit in and make friends, has lively and vivid illustrations and is  a wonderful book about not judging by appearance.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Chiyoko Nakatani IV

Nakatani Chiyoko's gentle book about who you share home with, published in 1974.  

Nakatani Chiyoko

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Chiyoko Nakatani III

Nakatani Chiyoko's book Hippopotamus, has such beautiful colours and smiley hippo drawings that it is a delight.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Chiyoko Nakatani II

The story of a greedy calf who eats too much and swells up with gasses. "Kuishinbo no Hanako-san" Published in 1965. Written by Momoko Ishii (1907-2008) and illustrated by Chiyoko Nakatani.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Chiyoko Nakatani I

Illustrations by Japanese illustrator/ author Chiyoko Nakatani ( 1930-1981) for Aesop's fable of 'The Lion and the Mouse' published in 1971. Chiyoko Nakatani graduated in painting (oil) from Tokyo University and in her short life created over 105 books for children.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Nikolai Stoyanov

'How the baby crow became a singer' written by Svetoslav Minkov and illustrated by Nikolai Stoyanov was published in 1974, these are some of the illustrations from a copy I recently bought. It is an A4 size softback, almost like a magazine and so it is miraculous that it has survived this long and I love the illustrations.