Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Arnost Karasek

It's always interesting to see how illustrators from different cultures can interpret a story, that we know well, into different and interesting ways that we may never have imagined. These wonderful illustrations by Arnost Karasek are from a 1962 Czech book of 'The Wizard of Oz'. They interpret the story beautifully, with a style that fits the story perfectly but is something of a contrast to the way that we picture it in the west; these images are more Paul Klee than Judy Garland. Enjoy!

Blanca Gómez

What I love about the work of Blanca Gómez is the way that he creates beautiful, sophisticated work through a skillful use of simple colour and shape. Even though his work is contemporary and created on 'Illustrator', it has the flavour of design and illustration from the 50s and 60s. It's wonderful to know that after all this time Abner Graboff's legacy is still going strong!

Abner Graboff

Abner Graboff is one of those illustrators that you discover every now and then, whose work is so wonderfully unique and inspirational that it reminds you why you chose to study illustration in the first place! A prolific illustrator who illustrated some fantastic children's books in the 50s and 60s, very little is known about him, even trying to find his work online can be something of a struggle; but it's worth it when you do find it! His work manages to be very simple and yet at the same time carries with it a style that is instantly recognisable and distinctive. His use of shape and colour is brilliant in creating some wonderful illustrations which completely stand the test of time.