Archive for the 'illustrators' Category

02
Jan
14

Alice in Wonderland: A Classic Story Pop-up Book with Sounds: Richard Johnson

ImageAlice in Wonderland: A Classic Story Pop-up Book with Sounds. By Lewis Carroll, retold by Libby Hamilton.

Illustrated by Richard Johnson.

Publisher: Silver Dolphin, 2011

Hardback.

ISBN-10: 1607101246

ISBN-13: 978-1607101246

Includes  5 large pop-ups and two gatefolds, and a sound chip with 5 sounds: one for each pop-up page.

Richard Johnson says:

I was approached by Templar to help work on a new series of extravagant pop-up books that incorporated sound. Lewis Carroll’s classic is, for any illustrator, a real opportunity to get stuck into the surreal environments and variety of strange and wonderful characters. 

From the publishers:

Follow Alice on her journey down the rabbit hole – meet the Cheshire Cat, go to the Mad Hatter’s tea party and hide as the Queen of Hearts comes to inspect her roses.

This amazing book combines superb sounds, astonishing pop-ups and magical illustrations in a very special retelling of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale.

Available on Amazon

22
Jun
13

Illustrated by Franciszka Themerson

IMG_0406Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There: by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Franciszka Themerson.

Published by Inky Parrot Press (2001).

Hard back with black boards decorated with white illustrations by Themerson.

With a forward by Jasia Reichardt, and afterword by (the now rather disgraced- found guilty of six charges of indecency with a child and one charge of indecent assault against a child) Graham Ovenden.

Themerson was commissioned in 1946 (not long before copyright was up) by Harrap to illustrate Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. Even though the blocks had been made, Harrap decided not to go ahead with publication- possibly as with the loss of copyright, the market may have been flooded with new versions, but Inky Parrot rescued and published the rather fabulous illustrations in 2001.

Published in an edition of 372 Standard copies, casebound, signed and 48 Special copies, bound in quarter leather with 6 initialled prints in a folder, but mine is a proof copy with a dedication from  Ovenden.

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Available on Amazon.

22
Jun
13

Illustrating Alice

IMG_0405Illustrating Alice: An International Selection of Illustrated Editions of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

Published by Artists’ Choice Editions, 2013.

ISBN: 978-0-9558343-7-0

The book was issued in two versions: one standard hardback with dustjacket, limited to 600 copies, and one leather bound and including artists prints- limited to 68. Mine is the cheaper of the two…

From the publisher’s blurb:

Since 1907, when the copyright for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland expired, there has been a world wide explosion of illustrated editions by artists who have been inspired to visualise Alice in their own fashion. There are at least three hundred illustrated English language editions and eighty from Japan. Carroll’s life and writings have been exhaustively documented but, curiously, very little has been written about the illustrated editions. The focus of Illustrating Alice is, in particular, the contemporary versions and these are discussed by experts and illustrators from nine countries. The book has a Foreword by Marina Vaizey, followed by illustrations and commentaries on the interpretation of Alice in different countries. Writers include Adriana Peliano – Brazil; Richard Newnhan – China; Selwyn Goodacre and Dennis Hall – England; Michèle Noret – France; Caterina Morelli – Italy; Prof. Mikiko Chimori – Japan; Prof. Monika Adamczyk-Garbowska – Poland; Ella Parry-Davies – Russia; Mark Burstein – United States and Canada. This is followed by reflections by artists who have illustrated Alice, with contributions by Barry Moser, De Loss McGraw and Gavin O’Keefe from the US; Ralph Steadman, John Vernon Lord, Helen Oxenbury, Emma Chichester Clark, Justin Todd, John Bradley and Michael Foreman from England; Chiara Carrer from Italy and Tatiana Ianovskaia from Russia. There is a chapter on Alice in film in which the Czech filmmaker Jan Švankmajer discusses his Alice film and Karen Lury, Prof. of Film and Television Studies, writes on Animating Alice: the heroine without a heart. Graham Ovenden writes an Afterword. An alphabetical checklist of all English language editions, compiled by Selwyn Goodacre and Edward Wakeling, is included.

This is an extremely dangerous thing for me to have bought- it opens a whole new world of books I have yet to buy, but it’s nice seeing old friends in there as well. There are loads of fantastic pictures, and articles by various illustrators (Barry Moser, Ralph Steadman, Helen Oxenbury, Jan Svankmajer). It’s printed on beautiful paper and really is a joy to handle.

Available on Amazon in both standard and special editions.

06
Jan
13

Alice Versary

Alice Versary: 1759-1959- The Guinness Birthday Book

Pamphlet of 16 pages, celebrating the 200th anniversary of Guinness.

Illustrations by Ronald Ferns

Printed by W. S. Cowell Ltd, Ipswich.

Guinness began sending promotional booklets to doctors in 1933, breaking off during World War 2, and restarting again in 1950.
In all, 24 were made, of which five are based on the Alice books: this is the last of the five. All of the booklets were produced by the advertising agency SH Benson, who were also responsible for many of the iconic Guinness ads of the period.

Ronald Ferns (14 October 1925 – 2 December 1997) was an English illustrator, designer, cartoonist and surrealist painter in both oil and watercolour.  After training at St. Martins in London, his first major official commission was a vast mural for the 1951 Festival of Britain for the Milk Marketing Board. In the same year, he was also commissioned to create the scenic design for the premiere of Fate’s Revenge by the Ballet Rambert. He later produced children’s books including The Learned Hippopotamus (1986), Caterpillar Stew (1990) and Like It Or Not (1992.

Parodies include The Fish Ball and Curiouser and Curiouser:

‘It must, I fear,’ said Alice, ‘Be something that I ate – I’m opening like a telescope at an alarming rate! And yet I can’t help thinking how useful necks like these would be in any Wonderland where Guinness grows on trees’.


Seems to be the easiest to find of the Guinness Alices. Mine was on ebay- there are usually one or two on amazon: Alice Versary

30
Dec
12

A Mad Tea-Party by Clifford Richards

tea-partyA Mad Tea-Party by Clifford Richards.

From the V&A Shop website:

A Mad Tea-Party – a celebration of British Design by Clifford Richards

Giclee print
Limited edition of 150, signed and numbered by the artist.

Created by Clifford Richards to celebrate British Design in the year 2012.  Look closely at the print to see a plethora of design classics and some familiar faces.  Now in his 70s, Clifford Richards left his advertising job in the mid 1960s to focus on creating his own products, invariably made from card and adorned with bold, colourful graphic illustration. Much of his work from the 60s and 70s is now in the V&A’s permanent collection.

The print is full of references to British design: from Gilbert and George to Dyson. It’s hard to see them all at small scale, but here’s the list if you want to have a go:

L-R: Grayson Perry and Measles, Peter Blake, David Hockney, Stephen Jones, Damien Hirst, Prof Tracey Emin wearing a dress loosely based on Vivienne Westwood’s designs, Gilbert and George, Heston Blumenthal pouring a rainbow, Terence Conran

The table leg is from the Louis Console Table by John Reeves for Heal’s. Peter Blake sits on Tom Dixon’s Offcut Stool. Stephen Jones on a Robin Day Polyprop Armchair, Terence Conran lounges in his own Cone Chair and in the foreground is Ron Arad’s Three Skin Chair.

Under the table Paul Smith is represented by his brands shopping bag and James Dyson by his Ball. There is a trash can that used to appear on old Mac computers.

On the table are a couple of Clifford Richards Urban Alphabet mugs. One showing an anglepoise lamp which was an original British design, a vase with Mary Quant’s flower and an iconic plastic squeeze Red Tomato.

At the back is bunting representing the Queen’s Jubilee, an E-Type Jaguar and Concorde.

Available from the V&A or on Amazon.

13
Aug
12

Alice Through the Paper-mill

Alice Through the Paper-mill: In Respectful Criticism of the Paper Control and Kindred Matters relating to the Present State of the Trade. A Plea for an Equitable System of Planning whereby to ensure a measure of Efficiency and a Degree of order for all Concerned. By Arthur Wragg.

Printed by C. H. Foyle of Boxfoldia, 1940 for private circulation. Hardback, second edition. No dustjacket

12 full-page b/w drawings by the author.

A satire on war-time paper control regulations.

I love the illustrations, especially Alice enjoying a crafty fag.

Available on abebooks.
On Amazon: Alice Through The Paper-Mill,

22
Apr
12

Little Master Carroll- Alice in Wonderland: A Color Primer

Little Master Carroll- Alice in Wonderland: A Color Primer by Jennifer Adams.

Artwork by Alison Oliver.

Published by Gibbs M. Smith Inc, 2012

ISBN: 978-1423624776

First edition.

Board book aimed at the very young, which somehow manages to capture the spirit of Alice in twenty words. The pictures help- they’re charming. She’s also done Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice- I’m very curious to see those…

Jennifer Adams apparently works as a senior editor for Gibbs Smith, who published her book. It’s certainly tightly edited!

Alison Oliver has a website where you can see some of the pictures from the book.

Available on Little Master Carroll: Alice in Wonderland: A Color Primer (BabyLit)

31
Dec
11

Illustrated by Moritz Kennel

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

Illustrated by Moritz Kennel.

ISBN: 0690009844

Published by Crowell, New York, 1971. First US edition, and first in English. Hardback with dustjacket.

Kennel uses vibrant colours and strong shapes in the illustrations, giving them a real 70s look. Love ‘em. Shame I seem to be unable to find out anything about him…

 

28
Dec
11

Through the Looking-glass and What Alice Found There: Illustrated by John Vernon Lord

Through the Looking-glass and What Alice Found There: Illustrated by John Vernon Lord. Textual corrections and a foreword by Selwyn Goodacre.

Published by Artists Choice Editions; first edition (25 Oct 2011).

Available in two editions: a standard limited edition, with a run of 320 copies numbered and signed by Lord, and priced £98. The special limited edition, a run of 98 copies, bound with a leather spine and presented in a slipcase with a set of prints signed by Lord, is priced £320. Mine is the ‘cheap’ version…

From a Guardian article in 2007:

At first sight, his black and white illustrations, particularly those for Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll and Aesop, appear to be traditional wood engravings, but in fact they are all pen and ink drawings, which is something of a paradox. Wood engraving was invented so that drawings could be reproduced, but Lord has reversed the process and, instead of cutting into a surface to release the light, he skilfully builds up the dark areas with pen and ink. In his characteristically idiosyncratic manner, he meticulously records the time each illustration takes: in Aesop’s Fables, for instance, “The Bat, the Bramble and the Cormorant” took 16 hours, 32 minutes, while “The Crow and the Sheep” took 11 hours, 11 minutes. The variety in the textures (he uses a mapping pen and a Rotring) is astonishing: fine crosshatching emphasises form and volume, rather as a sheer black stocking does on a shapely ankle. Sometimes, with a thicker line, the glistening striations resemble the grooves on an old 78 record. In contrast to the free-hand drawing, certain areas are painstakingly created with parallel lines done with a ruler that’s had its hard edges rubbed down, so as to soften the line, while here and there he waxes the paper to resist the ink, creating sudden explosions of light in his atmospheric landscapes. His pen strokes are often dizzying in their intensity and while there’s little movement in the drawings – even the mad prancing figures he draws for Lear’s Nonsense Rhymes seem frozen in mid-air – around them the lines resonate with one another like singing telegraph wires. The composition is always precise and the drawing is very controlled, though occasionally he lets rip with a squiggle or two, as in “The Crow and the Sheep”. Humour is ever-present, but it’s a dark humour that lurks in corners and behind doors.

Just as lovely as the Wonderland.

Available via Amazon: Through the Looking-glass and What Alice Found There: Illustrated by John Vernon Lord

08
Nov
11

Illustrated By Barry Moser

Alice Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll.

Designed and Illustrated By Barry Moser.

Published by Pennyroyal, University of California Press, 1983.

First edition hardback with dustjacket.

ISBN: 0-520-053098

Barry Moser (born 1940) is an American illustrator, printer, painter, printmaker, designer, author, essayist, and teacher. He’s been involved in over 300 books, and this Alice won the National Book Award for design and illustration in 1983 and apparently prompted the poet John Ashbery to call Moser’s work “never less than dazzling.” The pictures are truly wonderful: dark and disturbing woodcuts. And there are plenty of them.

The book also includes footnotes in rather fetching red ink, and several appendices including the Wasp in the Wig ‘lost chapter’.

Bought at the Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair from Jean Hedger (jean.hedger@virgin.net).

Sometimes available on Amazon: Lewis Carroll’s through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There,




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