Saturday, 18 April 2015

Margaret Simpson's Dog's of Portobello

Margaret Simpson's 'Dog's of Portobello'  bought a smile of nostalgia and memory as when I first moved to Scotland I lived in Portobello and had a black dog called Tilla with whom I spent many many happy hours playing on the beach with. Margaret Simpsons collaged illustration development sketches are on display at ECA.

Friday, 17 April 2015

The Real Boat

"A story of a courageous little paper boat, that is not satisfied with life in a puddle, and dreams of going to the ocean. Despite all the naysayers, she launches on a perilous journey, and with the help of many ships she meets along the way realizes her dream." 
This is a magical international creative project, with story written by Marina Aromshtan, illustrated by Victoria Antolini, with animation by Studio Poink and technical development by Cucumber Ink needs your support to reach completion.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Andreja Peklar

Andreja Peklar is a Slovenian illustrator whose work 'The Giant Bird' was exhibited at the Silent Book Contest in Bologna. A beautifully expressive work about a bird who in working hard gets very thirsty and drinks the river dry, on realising his mistake he tries to make amends.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Emanuele Luzzati

Emanuele Luzzati's (1921-2007) Alice in Wonderland is the last of my Alice's from Bologna. Emanuele was a Painter, illustrator, animator and theatre designer. His Alice in Wonderland illustrations are loose and colourful with interesting use of collage and print.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Lisbeth Zwerger

Also at Bologna I had the fortune to be able to see Lisbeth Zwerger's interpretation of 'Alice in Wonderland' from 1999. This is a much more serious, contemplative and for me, disturbing version of the story.
I think this is mainly due to Alice's lack of expression. Because of the very calm, interpretation in dreamy watercolour washes, this work is very distant and removed from the viewer. Making you feel just like you are in a dream, a silent observer unable to intervene.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Anne Herbauts II

Exhibited at Bologna as part of the celebration of Alice in Wonderland's 150 birthday were Anne Herbauts wonderful interpretations of  Alice's Wonderland. Which are full of expressive drawing, combined with the texture and surprise of print and mixed media to add visual poetry and intrigue.
In Anne's interpretation you want to dive down the rabbit hole and explore with Alice.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Chiara Carrer II

Italian illustrator Chiara Carrer's wonderful mixed media Alice in Wonderland first published in 2006 incorporating etchings, drawings, collages and objects.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Yoko Yamamoto I

It is strange that for Freya's Birthday we chose Alice in Wonderland as the theme, oblivious of it being Alice's 150th Birthday year. 
On arriving in Bologna I was amazed at the Alice in Wonderland carpet that guided you into the venue. 
In Bologna Alice was celebrated with an exhibition of the many published versions of 'Alice in Wonderland', I will be sharing some of these over the coming weeks. 
Today I found Yoko Yamamoto's Alice illustrations which struck me as being very musical because of the way the elements are spaced around the composition. 
Their wild sense of perspective is perfect for this story where scale and time is constantly warped and twisted. 

Friday, 10 April 2015

Jisu Kim

Jisu Kim is a Korean artist whose work was on the illustrators wall at Bologna. These images are from a book called 'Ann' It has puddles of tone, texture and speech overlapping each other but not connecting, making this work feel quite lonely.
Jisu is currently on a residency with Takt in Berlin.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Wang Shu-Man

Wang Shu-Man was one of five Taiwanese illustrators selected for the illustrators exhibition at the Bologna Children's Book Fair this year.
Wang Shu-Man's illustrations are from her book 'Star Chasing Birds'. They have a delicious palette and are wonderfully detailed works, you can really see the narrative of the story from these pieces.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Poetry of the Fair

The Illustrators Wall

Dreams and hopes shared through images of love, loss, happiness and imagination.
A trip to Bologna fair is a journey through the childhood of the world, a vision of how illustrators and writers are spreading the wonder of the world and seeding the imagination of the future.
Shy illustrators open portfolios, like opening caged exotic birds or butterflies, letting them fly so that the illustrators wall is a flutter of creative wonder.

I entered a competition about the Bologna Children's Book Fair, to describe an element that you love or remember from the fair, for me it is always the illustrators wall because you never know what wonders you will find on this fluttering wall of paper.

Choi Yoon Young

Yoonyoung Choi is a young Korean illustrator and this work is called friend, it perfectly reflects how I feel today as the cherry tree has opened her flowers and it is jumping with the starlings I have been nurturing with a special bird flapjack of oats seeds and lard.
I like the strong blocks of colour in this work by Yoonyoung Choi combined with the very delicate line.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Park Sekyoung

Park Sekyoung's illustrations were selected for the illustrators exhibition at Bologna. These illustrations had a lovely sense of joy, I liked the minimal use of collage and different print effects, for example the solid swirls on the rug contrating with the duck wall pape and the fine drawn lines.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Inkyung Noh

What is often difficult at Bologna is that Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese and Japanese illustrators names are indecipherable and often not translated. Even when they are translated, it is rare that you will be able to find an Internet presence. So this means that there are great talents with unique illustrations that I am unable to share.
Thankfully Inkyung Noh's Mr Tutti, was in a special catalogue by KPIPA and KBBY to promote Korean picture books around the world; 'Korean picture books that bring us comfort'.
Mr Tutti is a story about an elephant trying to take water home to his family 100 drops in total, and the story of those drops of water on the journey home, it is a beautiful story with simple evocative illustrations.