Category: Art

  • Picturebook Study: Why the Black and White?

    1. THE AIR OF UNCOMPROMISING DETACHMENT While some picturebooks are in black and white for economic reasons, serious picture-book artists who choose to aavoid color in a medium noted for its use of color often have similar special points to make. The obvious example is the work of Chris Van Allsburg. The black-and-white pictures in […]

  • Books For Grown-ups With Illustrations

    Christopher Howse at The Telegraph asks why books for grownups don’t have illustrations anymore, and says some very interesting things about the work of Julia Donaldson, but offers no answer about lack of illustrations in adult literature. Instead, commenters offer up a variety of books for adults which are indeed illustrated. To save you wading […]

  • Children’s Literature Caricatures, Cartoons, Comics

    David Beagley, La Trobe University, available on iTunes U Smith’s Weekly was a humorous look at Australian current affairs, the sort of thing that has been replaced by TV these days. There were cartoons, the throw-away line (Garfield style). This tabloid helped popularise this caricatured way of drawing. Today we look at the bridge from […]

  • For Mushroom Lovers

    This one goes out to all those mushroom lovers out there.

  • The Colour Of Sky

    In Western cultures at least, little kids first learn to draw with a blue or (black for night-time) sky, and a yellow orb for the sun. In reality, sky can be many different colours.