Identifying tools and materials (Exercise)-Part 2

Overall I like all of these illustrators. For children books the elements maybe not as realistic as a painting. I think they use an exaggerated style to make the features look more cute.

For this exercise I had to choose one image which I most appreciate. I’d like to learn to do Eric Carle’s collage which is in The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I have found a video which shows the process of his work.

His compositions are composed of colourful magazines, newspaper and paint, bits of coloured or handmade papers. His children’s books audiences are small children, so the colours are quiet bright, simple shapes, and with interesting textures to let the child read with pleasure. Will the children think about the bright colourful parts of caterpillar combined with a beautiful butterfly later? Does he convey this as well? Carle’s caterpillar is definitely not that kind of disgusting insect but looks to be a  funny symbol of childhood.

I want to go back to my first exercise of the illustration course which was concerned with the history of  illustration. I collected some magazines and catalogues to cut off the pieces to collage my panda character.

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My second attempt of artwork is a collage of a butterfly.

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I am quiet happy with the panda one because the shape and colours go well together. However with the butterfly, when I drew the draft the top 2 wings were wider than the bottom two. I was more focused on the colours I was using to make it as flamboyant as possible so it could be better but I do like it.


Identifying tools and materials (Exercise)-Part 1

Find a range of illustrators who use a particular medium.

Illustrator 1. Eric Carle, he is most famous for The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Eric Carle’s art is distinctive and instantly recognizable. His art work is created in a collage technique, using hand-painted papers, which he cuts and layers to form bright and colorful images. He also added dimension—die-cut pages, twinkling lights etc. skills for his books.

The themes of his stories are usually drawn from his extensive knowledge and love of nature.

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Here are 2 videos from youtube for The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Today is Monday.

Illustrator 2.  Quentin Blake,  he is best known for his work in Roald Dahl’s children’s books. Quentin Blake draws his inspiration from everyday life situations and objects. Most of his illustrations involve real world objects so drawing from the real world makes sense. He does have an amazing imagination. We can see his great use of watercolor, from choice of color to technique. In his particular drawing he uses the technique of the rough on a light box under watercolor paper, then waterproof black ink for the outlines, and from there he moves onto the color. The colors used in this piece are very friendly, and while not too bright, they are intense enough to grab the attention of any child.

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Here is his website which shows how he draws

Illustrator 3. Beatrix Potter,Potter’s style of art has been referred to as “Aesthetic Realism,” her style typically was a thin playful use of watercolour. This texture was achieved with half pans, using a soft layer in the background and applying more layers of colour dense colour washes to the foreground. Her work has managed to remain at the forefront of children’s book illustration and the Peter’s feature still anywhere in lots of shops.

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Illustrator 4. Lauren Child, Child’s humorous illustrations contain many different media including magazine cuttings, collage, material and photography as well as traditional watercolours. As well as being author of several highly successful books, she is the illustrator of the Definitely Daisy series.

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Illustrator 5. Judith Kerr,  She has written self-illustrated picture titles such as the 17-strong Mog series and the highly successful  The Tiger Who Came to Tea. She has written novels for children such as the autobiographical When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit and The Other Way Round, tell the story of the rise of the Nazis in 1930s Germany from a child’s perspective.

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Illustrator 6. Sara Fanelli, In her more recent works, we see her experimenting with more text and new techniques, such as collage, and we detect a very personal style emerging. As before, she usually works on coloured backgrounds, but in much more subtle colours, such as ocher, misty blue or orangery red, often using pieces of paper torn from exercise books, graph paper and wallpaper, frequently stained or marked in some way. On these backgrounds she sticks fragments cut from photographs – eyes are a common motif, as are pictures of herself as a child – pieces of fabric, details seemingly randomly cut from prints of old masters, music and snippets of newsprint, often mixing print in several languages including English, Italian, French and even Chinese.

She flirts with different typefaces, superimposing pieces of print on top of her illustrations, or using them as part of a drawing – the body of a butterfly, for example. The use of historical typeface, such as pieces giving price tags in old pounds, shillings and pennies, give an old-fashioned look to the work and hint of influences from Duchamp and other Dadaists. She often draws or prints in black ink on top of these collages, using doodle-like scribbles, which pull the focus of the work back from the adult world to the realms of childhood.

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Illustrator 7. (The Paddington novels were illustrated in simple pen-and-ink by the amazing Peggy Fortnum.) R.W. Alley nailed down some of the trademark visuals. “Bond and I settled on a red hat, blue coat and yellow boots,” the artist says of his marmalade-loving, anthropomorphic animal. At the time He began drawing Paddington, the art style had become very stylized and relied on the hat, coat, boots and suitcase-in-hand to convey his character. It was very much an image of the bear in stores. [A design that was launched in stores in the ’70s.] That made sense as a marketing image for static images. But, it wasn’t necessarily the best way to present Mr. Bond’s words. So he began by drawing an upright bear. The clothes came later. It was really, and still is, about animating a bear in a human world. So, Mr. Wood’s stop-motion bear was certainly an inspiration.

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Illustrator 8. Anthony Browne

This starts off with very detailed illustrations then the illustrator experiments with different styles that are looser or in black and white.

The videos of  little beauty and illustration styles

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Illustrator 9. Marion Deuchars, Her distinguishable style has been used on stamps for the Royal Mail to commemorate the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 50th anniversary. Deuchars worked in collaboration with Hat Trick Designs to produce 6 stamps. Deuchars hand lettering also featured prominently for the British brand Cass Art, appearing in their shop front windows, as well as in Jamie Oliver cookbooks. I appreciate her use of handwritten type, pictures with finger- and handprints. and the  simple shapes of Dot, Circle, Box can unleash creativity and intuitive communication.

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