illustrations

Robert Thornton’s Temple of Flora – Part III

Robert John Thornton (1768–1837) was an English physician with a great interest to natural history. Lucky enough, he inherited a considerable fortune which allowed him to devote his life to his passion – the botany.  Thornton invested his money in producing his dream – a magnificent book of illustrations of the Linnean sysem of classification

He collaborated with artists like Peter Henderson, Philip Reinagle, Abraham Pether and Sydenham Edwards and insisted that they should set the plants in the full splendour of their natural habitat.

The initial plan was to publish seventy beautiful coloured illustrations with text but unfortunately it turned out too expensive and the profits insufficient to cover them.  Finally only thirty-three coloured plates, engraved in aquatint, stipple and line were produced but yet enough to be considered as one of the most gorgeous fine flower-book prized by collectors worldwide.

Main sources Public Domain Review, University of Glasgow Library – Special Collections and The newest edition of The Temple of Flora  published by Taschen

Illustrated Music Sheets – E.D. (monogram)

What an inspirational site I found! With more than 10.000 illustrated music sheets! This is a private collection and the pieces are mostly from the periods Art Nouveau and Art Deco. A lot to of works to enjoy in Images Musicales if you love these art movements.

Who is E.D. (monogram) I chose? Nobody can say yet. The name of the illustrator is unknown and only his initials are legible. There are more of his works here.

It is really worth it to visit the site and browse the reach library.

Elicia Edijanto – Tranquility, Wilderness, and Everything in between

I was immediately smitten by Elicia Edijanto’s black and white watercolours when my eyes  by chance fall upon them and their fragile beauty kept me all day long admiring the talent of the young  Indonesian artist. You could also enjoy them (and many more) on her official web siteBehance, Facebook and Instagram profile, or buy a print here.

Why this theme? Here is her reply from the official site. “Nature inspires me a lot. My hope is that, my art will serve their purposes, remind us of how is human-nature relationship supposed to be, beautiful, harmonious, and living side by side.

Using only black watercolour (mostly), I try to create unique relationship between human and nature. My subject are often children and animal because they are honest, sincere, unprejudiced and unpretentious. It will be easier for people to feel the emotions. They give me so much inspiration for particular mood or atmosphere, such as tranquility, solemnity, and also wilderness and freedom, which I put on my paintings.”

Lee White Illustrations

Lee White is a children’s book illustrator living in Portland Oregon with more than 15 picture books in his portfolio. A new one with the title ‘What are you glad about? What are you mad about?: Poems for when a person needs a poem’ written by Judith Viorst is coming on February, 2016

In addition to the fabulous books, he creates amazing illustrations (as you can see from the images), available for purchase as prints here. 

Anna Blackburne (1740-1793) – watercolours of birds and butterflies among flowers

I deeply admire the talent of the artists whose work was to depict specimens of flora and fauna a few centuries ago (read the post about Ferdinand Βauer (1760 – 1826) and his ‘Flora Graeca’). That’s why it was such a delight when I found these beautiful watercolous on the site of the British auction house Bonhams.

There is stated that this collection of twenty-one birds and insects among fruits and flowers is attributed to Anna Blackburne (1740-1793). Unfortunately, though my searching skills, I couldn’t find more information about her on the internet, except that she was an English naturalist and important collector of natural specimens.

View the whole collection here.

John Atkinson – ‘Wrong Hands’ cartoon series

I do not think there is something to say about the cartoons of the Canadian artist John Atkinson. The series ‘Wrong Hands’ speak for themselves – hilarious, humorous, original, clever, and very creative.

Where the title comes from? John explains that his drawings are done directly on a computer with a mouse using his right hand but this is weird because he is actually left-handed, and hence the name of the blog. The lettering is a typeface he created of his own handwriting.

So, enjoy and laugh!  And visit his site for a lot more of his works or follow the artist on facebook to continue laughing.

In case any is interested of buying them, they are available to purchase either as in high resolution jpeg or eps format (contact the artist for details at: wronghands1@gmail.com)  or as greeting cards at https://www.urbangraphic.co.uk/shop/range/wrong-hands/

Emma Block – More Than Just a Word (untranslatable words from around the world)

Another example of art work (see Ella Frances Sanders’s ‘Lost in Translation’) that explores the theme about  words from around the world that have no exact English translation are the beautiful illustrations of Emma Block for the the jewellery house Vashi. This time the main focus is on the subject of love. Visit the site to enjoy all 29 illustrations and share whatever you like.

I have only one linguistic reservation regarding the Greek word “psithirisma” (ψιθύρισμα) which means actually whisper in general, but this by no means affects the work of the illustrator.

Silke Leffler – the Frog Prince

Recently I bought the children’s  book ‘The Frog Prince’ by the Swedish highly acclaimed writer Ulf Stark with the gorgeous illustrations of the German talented artist Silke Leffler. And I am absolutely enchanted and highly recommend this gem.

The tale is that kind of story I like. Funny and humorous, but at the end it teaches the children valuable life lessons.

The illustrations however, were the magnet that captured my attention. The work of Silke Leffler is amazing. I have scanned only the odd pages, but there are a lot of other illustrations on the even ones.

The author and the illustrator have collaborated for one another book from the same series, called ‘The Prince and the Happiness’, and no doubt it will be soon in my collection too.

Vincent Mahé – Le Corbusier & 750 Years in Paris

 

Paris-based illustrator Vincent Mahé was tasked by the French weekly Télérama to create a short illustrated story of the life of the great architect Le Corbusier as a part of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of his death, and he has done a remarkable work. In four double pages spread, he has succeeded to capture the prolific career of one of the pioneers of the modern architecture spanning six decades (from his first professional start in 1904 until his death in 1965).

The artist obviously is fascinated by the architecture and it shows from his next work called ‘750 years in Paris’, which was just published in a book. As he describes this project, it is “a literary graphic novel unlike anything else on the racks, 750 Years tells the story of our time, focusing on one single building in France as it sees its way through the upheavals of history. Beginning in the 13th century and making its way towards today… Generations have lived here before us, they’ve walked on this very same pavement, they’ve been under that same sky… If you could stand still for 750 years, what could you learn about the world?” The book is currently available to purchase through Nobrow Press

View Vincent Mahé’s portfolio at https://www.behance.net/vincentmahe  and follow him on Facebook and Instagram