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New Children's Book Illustration



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Play Pen: New Children's Book Illustration by Martin Salisbury
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Once dismissed as a cosy world of teddy bears and fairies, the arrival on the scene of numerous highly original, contemporary and cool graphic artists has transformed perceptions of childrens book illustration in recent years. Children now grow up with a more informed and sophisticated visual diet with cartoons, animated movies, comics, TV and computer games - consuming a vast range of stylistic approaches, and illustrated books have moved to match the demands of a more discerning market. Equally, artists who in the past may not have considered the childrens picturebook as an appropriate vehicle for artistic expression are increasingly drawn to the area. This book showcases some of the most interesting work emerging within the genre from a range of cultural backgrounds. It examines trends in use of media both digital and traditional and discusses the variety of approaches to subject matter.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Chapter 1: Picturebooks/Board Books; Chapter 2: Alphabets, Wordplay, and Novelty; Chapter 3: Older Children; Chapter 4: Non-Fiction; Artists featured in this book include; Brian Biggs (USA); Taro Miura (Japan); Marina Sagona (Italy); Marc Boutavant (France); Gunter Mattei (Austria); Noemi Villamuza (Spain); Ko Kyung Sook (Korea); Alexis Deacon (UK); Elena Odriozola (Spain); Paula Metcalf (UK); Lisa Evans (UK); Maurizio Quarello (Italy); Harriet Russell (UK); Toby Morison (UK); Meng Chia Lai (Taiwan); Sara Fanelli (Italy); J.otto Seibold (USA); Kristin Roskifte (Norway); Oyvind Torseter (Norway); Stian Hole (Norway); Jason Ford (UK); Ragnar Aalbu (Norway); Isabel Vandenbeele (Belgium); Peter Gaudesaboos (Belgium); Kveta Pacovska (Czech Republic); David Merveille (France); Geoff Waring (UK); Shaun Tan (Australia); Jeff Fisher (Australia); Istvan Schritter (Argentina); Margarita Sada (Mexico); Morteza Zahedi (Iran); Martin Jarrie (France); David Hughes (UK); Neal Layton (UK); Serge Bloch (France).

Author Biography

Martin Salisbury is a lecturer in illustration and a freelance illustrator. He designed and leads the UK's first Masters program in children's book illustration at Anglia Ruskin University. He is the author of Illustrating Children's Books (Quarto/A&C Black), a practical guide to illustration.
Release date NZ
October 15th, 2007
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
250 colour illustrations
Laurence King Publishing
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