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)

E.D. - Musical sheets

E.D. – Musical sheets

 

What an inspirational site! 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. 

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/

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

Happiness is … – a project by Last Lemon

What is Happiness?

We all have asked ourselves this question more than once and probably were searching for the answer in the ‘big’ things like home, job, money and so on.

However if you honestly ask yourself that very same moment what makes you happy, you will be surprised with the sudden answer. Because it will be something very ‘insignificant’, something so obvious that often we do not even bother to think about it as ‘real happiness’. And yet all those ‘small’ happy moments in our life paint the black and white reality with the rich colours of the rainbow. They assure that necessary balance to be able to continue going on through this journey called life and say at the end ‘it was amazing’.

This is not a philosophical article trying to inspire you to see the light into the darkness. This is the observation of an artwork which probably should be also taken into account by the relevant scientists (after all it is like a free research).

The artistic duo Last Lemon came with the idea to start illustrating the conception of the people around the world what is happiness. The project started in 2013 and currently they have illustrated 7.000 submissions collected in a few books and more are on the way.  So, you are welcome to join and send your list via Facebook or directly on their site.

Before to do that, take a look first at the thoughts somebody like you have already shared… Happiness is in the simple everyday things, isn’t it? An unexpected bouquet, watching the sea, fixing something, a good high five, seeing your mother smile, finding money in an old pair of jeans, a baby holding your finger with his whole hand, dancing like idiots, looking down on your hometown from a plane, being  the first one up… Of course, we all want to have the ‘big’ stuff, but will they make us really happy or they are just a goal to be reached and after we achieve it, start chasing for the next one?

Yang Liu – Man Meets Woman

The theme might be a cliché but it will always be one of the most relevant since the existence of mankind.

Curious to explore universal subjects, the Chinese born, Berlin-based graphic designer Yang Liu after the success of her previous book East Meets West has now depicted in the same minimalist style her new project ‘Man meets Woman’. Again keeping to the minimum the visual impact so the essence of the context could stand out, she uses two vibrant colours for the background – green for men and magenta for women, and black or white silhouettes. That’s it; simple and straightforward approach for such a complex issue

Like it or not, but there are differences between sexes we can’t ignore. Some are so difficult to comprehend that have led to a lot of misunderstandings and confusions. You know like those “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus”. Two so close and yet totally diverse planets. These differences however are set by nature. We can’t go against them. We can only try having them in mind while getting nervous when the opposite sex reacts ‘strange’ or ‘unusual’. And Yang Liu presents them in quite a funny way – ‘best weapon’, ‘man/woman flu’, ‘he needs & buys/she needs & buys’, ‘single focus/multitasking’, ‘luggage’ …

She hasn’t omitted to illustrate also the other set of differences. Those that reveal the sad truth – the outdated traditional perceptions and prejudice about gender models that continue to influence many aspects of our modern life. We still live in an unequal world where our behavior is constrained by unofficial rules of the social and professional structures. Although funny at first sight, these problematic gender stereotypes show that there is still a long way to go to the mutual understanding and forbearance.

The book of Yang Liu is exactly how she imagined it – “I would like it to be the sort of book where you can laugh at yourself and be entertained, but also take it on board and exercise a little more tolerance when interacting with others”

See the artist’s presentation of the book in Berlin as a part of the project Creative Mornings