Sunday, June 5, 2016

Loading Up on Illustrations from Children's Books

My nephew had me hooked to his collection of story books. The illustrations are simple and colorful, giving the story its different shades, infusing life in every element, be it a rock or a dog's tail. 

Oliver Jeffers books are amazing with his straightforward no nonsense lines and vivid colors; and so are many others, whose story I read on The Guardian and Brain Picking. The expressions are priceless because of their simplicity. It will make you wonder why you never thought of it. The illustrations are deceptively easy, but when you get down to it, it is quite a different story. 

It is a great practice exercise, stretches your imagination and helps you internalize shapes.

The eternal Charles Schulz early works - I forgot the author. 

Maira Kalman's illustrations are mind-blowing. I chanced upon her work on Brainpickings. This is a page from her book, Beloved Dog.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

A simple story illustrating the selfishness of man and the selflessness of Nature

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