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Posted by Angie
David Mack is the creator, author and artist of Kabuki, a comic book series that has earned international acclaim for its innovative storytelling, painting techniques and page design. He is also the writer and cover artist for Marvel Comics’ Daredevil.
He graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design, which included studies in Sculpture, Painting, Drawing, Art History, Photography, Typography and Bookmaking, and a minor in English. The first published Kabuki collection, Kabuki: Circle of Blood, was completed while David was in college, and the story served as his senior writing thesis. He has now completed seven collections.
I found Kabuki several years ago, when I wandered into a comic book shop looking for art-driven stories. David’s writing is just as brilliant as his illustrative abilities. He uses watercolor and mixed media collage in his unconventional page layouts and creates stunning imagery and powerful storylines.
Post by Sarah
In my career I’ve been focusing on illustration for the last years, but coming from a much broader background in graphic & communication design I am fascinated with the whole book cover designing process and the challenges it comes with.
Creating visuals that somehow represent a whole story without going the most obvious route or being too bold and simple is a skill that results in beautiful work when it’s mastered. Jonathan Gray aka Gray 318 clearly is one of the masters in this field. His mainly typographical works are always smart, thought-through and often show a dry wit. If you are a fan of Jonathan Safran Foer you might already be very aware of Jon’s fantastic cover work.
You can see a video on youtube about the extraordinary cover design of Nineteen Eighty-Four (3rd cover shown above) here.
Post by Clio.
These hilarious drawings by Gemma Correll are sure to put a smile on your face this Friday. Famed for drawing pugs and cats Gemma is a true comic genius. Her witty one liners are coupled perfectly with the little characters of her sketchbooks. And she definitely makes me want a pug (she has two real ones and tons and tons of doodled ones), especially after the release of her newest gem, a book entitled “A Pug’s Guide to Etiquette”.
post by Tamsin
Gorgeous work by Australian illustrator Anna Walker. Her work is delightful, her characters are a joy! her work has a lovely energy to it with her clever use of colour, pencil line & collage. Her books have won awards and have been translated into different languages. For more of her delicious work, see her blog here and her website here.
Posted by Angie Brown
Erin Bennett Banks has a passion for rich narratives and culturally distinct visual storytelling. She has illustrated three nationally published children’s books, and has won several awards for her work. She has also created illustrations for clients such as Highlights for Children Magazine, McGraw-Hill, The Weekly Reader and Harvard Business Review, and her paintings have been licensed artwork for JCPenney and Bed, Bath & Beyond.
Erin lives in Charleston, SC with her husband, two cherub babies, and a couple of pugs.
She paints in oils, and I love the vibrant red outlines that electrify her compositions, and the angular planes of her “primitive” style, and the expressiveness of her characters.
View more of her work on her website.
Post by Angie Brown
Lane Smith is rather cheeky and he doesn’t even try to hide it. It’s kind of his thing. He says: I don’t like ordinary, middle-of-the-road books. I like funny, odd books that excite and challenge a child. There are enough people doing nice books about manners and feelings and magical unicorns. I do not do those kinds of books.” I first found him when I stumbled across his book review blog, Curious Pages: Recommended Inappropriate Books for Children, where he writes rather cheeky reviews of children’s books that are somehow a little “off.” It’s hilariously entertaining.
I was fascinated by the mottled textures in the illustration directly above, from his aptly named “It’s a Book”. Luckily, he’s rather forthcoming in describing how he achieves this effect: he paints hot press illustration board with oil paints and then sprays them with an acrylic spray (water based) while the paints (oil based) are still wet, causing a chemical reaction. Brilliant.
He currently lives with his wife and two cats in Connecticut and New York City. Before he became a children’s book illustrator, he worked as a freelance illustrator for magazines like Time, Sesame Street, Rolling Stone, Ms., Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Esquire and many others. He is quite prolific and his titles include It’s a Book; John, Paul, George & Ben; The Stinky Cheese Man; Grandpa Green; and Big Plans.
Post by Penelope
As the mother of a kiddo who’s in love with picture books (what kid isn’t?), I thought I’d start sharing some of our favorites here on the ol’ IF Blog in a new “Book Bliss” series. These are books that are wonderfully illustrated with great stories. Fun indeed! I hope you’ll enjoy!
The first one I’d like to rave about is called Flotsam by David Wisner. Have you seen this book? It’s amazing.
Here’s the description from Amazon:
“A bright, science-minded boy goes to the beach equipped to collect and examine flotsam–anything floating that has been washed ashore. Bottles, lost toys, small objects of every description are among his usual finds. But there’s no way he could have prepared for one particular discovery: a barnacle-encrusted underwater camera, with its own secrets to share . . . and to keep.”
David Wiesner’s detailed illustrations surely spark the imagination with images of puffer fish hot air balloons soaring through the sky, starfish islands tottering around tiny whales and sea shell homes perched on turtle shells. One of my favorite images is of a family of octopuses in their underwater living room. It’s just great — so detailed and funny.
David Wiesner is one of the best-loved and most highly acclaimed picture book creators in the world. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have won numerous awards in the United States and abroad. Flotsam won a Caldecott Medal in 2007. David also shares his process on his website!
Check out Flotsam for yourself… It’s definitely one to own even if you don’t have kids. You’ll love it!
Post by Tamsin
Oh wow! LOVE Carson Ellis illustration. I didn’t know of her work before I saw The Wildwood Chronicles (written by her husband Colin Meloy) last year. Gorgeous book! Her use of typography and pattern within her work is superb. Her illustration style has a folklore/fairytale feel about it – imaginiative, clever and delightfully inspiring. Carson Lives in Oregon with her family and also illustrates album art for her husbands band The Decemberists. See more of Carson’s work here and the Wildwood Chronicles has its very own page here.
(Artwork from “Araby” and Other Stories by Lizzy Stewart)
(Artwork from “The Isle of Voices” by Andrea Kalfas)
Portland, Oregon-based publisher Scout Books is proud to announce the Fall/Winter 2012 lineup of Great Shorts from Good Ink. These short books pair favorite illustrators with a wide variety of classic stories and great authors from all over the world, providing literature lovers and design connoisseurs with a perfectly pocket-sized read that’s ready anytime. Our new releases are Tales of Terror, Forever Modern, War Stories, Fantastic Tales II, and Tales of the Wild. They also have lots of other fun things in their bookstore.
Find out more and take a peek inside the books on their website.