Monday, 16 November 2009

Society of Illustrators

Next stop, an exhibition of called "The Original Art" celebrating the fine art of Children's book Illustration at the Society of Illustrators, (the American equivalent of The A.O.I.) The work was selected by a jury of illustrators, art directors and editors. The show is in its 29th year running. It was great to see examples of original art work alongside digital prints. I had my face up against the glass frames trying to see how some of the images had been put together. Illustrating for children's books is an art in itself and the skill and craft in some of this work was beautiful. I think you could the see the difference in the market between the U.S and the U.K. Marc Boutavant's illustrations for 'All Kinds of Families' are just adorable. Lincoln Agnew's illustrations for "Harry and Horsie" were very fun and brought to mind 1950’s advertising, cereal boxes, comics, vintage toys, pop art and used a very limited palette. He said he had no trouble coming up with images of the characters as he always imagined himself in super hero costumes and he just tapped into that. The child within again!

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