Sunday, January 29, 2006

Bemelmans: The Best of Times, Part 3

This is the last in the series for The Best of Times by Ludwig Bemelmans.

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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Bemelmans: The Best of Times, Part 2

Here are some more images from The Best of Times by Ludwig Bemelmans...

If you're interested in an learning more of Bemelman's life and career, I recommend the book Bemelmans: the Life and Art of Madeline's Creator, compiled and written by his grandson John Bemelmans Marciano. If you're interested, click on the link, Amazon has some great deals in the used section. The book has a lots of photos and reproductions of his art, including some unpublished work. I'm not finished with it yet, but so far it's an interesting read.

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Monday, January 23, 2006

Ludwig Bemelmans: The Best of Times

Most known for his children's book series Madeline, Ludwig Bemelmans was a prolific author and illustrator of many books for adults, as well as a regular magazine contributor.

On assignment for Holiday magazine, Bemelmans traveled through postwar Europe producing a series of articles, drawings and paintings. The Best of Times, published in 1948, collects these works which include 50 color illustrations and 110 black and white illustrations.

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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Aliki: All Kinds of Neighbors

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A Little Owl Book published in 1963, ALL KINDS OF NEIGHBORS was written by Howard R. Wellesley.

These are a few images from one of my favorite books that was illustrated by Aliki. I have tons more of her stuff at my flickr page HERE.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Illustration Friday: E is for...

© Eric Sturdevant 2006

EXPERIMENTATION could also work for this. I wanted to try something different for this week's IF and had some fun experimenting with brushes in PhotoShop.

Frans Masereel

First published in Germany in 1925, THE CITY is a portrait of urban Europe between the wars, told in one hundred woodcuts of exceptional force and beauty.
This is a change in tone, so I beg your pardon in advance if you came here to see fun pictures (after all the name of this blog is Fun All Around). Still, I feel compelled to post the woodcuts of Belgian born artist Frans Masereel from his wordless book THE CITY. The opening quote (as well as these scans) were taken from the 1988 reprint from Schocken Books.

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Friday, January 13, 2006

Abner Graboff

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Simplicity and a strong sense of design mark the warm and playfully absurd work of Abner Graboff. You can see more samples of his book illustration here.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Cliff Roberts

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Happy New Year gentle surfers! I'm sorry that it's been a while since my last post. So far the Baby New Year has brought a lot of good work my way, which in turn, has kept me away from the blog.

The above illustrations were some early work done by Cliff Roberts for FORD TIMES magazine. At a young age, Roberts did wildlife illustrations for FORD TIMES in the late 40s, before he went on to work in animation as a designer and writer. Roberts cites illustrator Jan Balet as an influence of his from this period. Leif Peng at Today's Inspiration has provided some great samples of Balet's work here. A few more samples of Roberts' FORD TIMES work can be found here.

Thanks to Amid Amidi at Cartoon Brew for pointing me in the direction to find Cliff Roberts' work and for providing an article about his career, written by Roberts in 1971.