Thursday, 30 April 2015

Christine Roussey

                    Fig 1 (above) The House of Cardboard by Christine Roussey

Christine Roussey's Little Red Riding Hood (made for the House of Cardboard ) is full of space and abstraction. Christine's work is always a lucid net of doodles, patterns and blocks of colour,that swim in front of your eyes until your brain clicks them into place like a puzzle.

Fig 1: The House of Cardboard by Christine Roussey
Fig 2: Redneck Redneck Pouët!, It's Raining by Christine Roussey

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Mika Hirasa IV

MICAO's (Mika Hirasa) portfolio of Little Red Riding Hood images is just outstanding this one is an early interpretation for 2006/7.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Adolfo Serra

Adolfo Serra's 'Caperucita Roja' is a wordless book exploring ideas of where fear dwells and has some wonderful merging of the wolf into other pictorial ingredients such as Grandma's house and Little Red's hair.


Friday, 17 April 2015

Mitra Abdollahi

A stunningly beautiful and delicate illustration by Iranian illustrator Mitra Abdollahi. I adore the almost hidden  patterns and details.


Monday, 13 April 2015

Catherine Louis

    Fig 1,2,3,4 (above) Le Petit Chaperon Chinese Marie Sellier (Author), Catherine Louis (illustration), Picquier Youth, 2010.

An amazing book 'Le Petit Chaperon Chinois' (the Chinese Little Red Riding Hood) by Marie Sellier and illustrated by Catherine Louis, has two distinct characteristics; dense bold stencil prints and a concealed lace filigree of paper-cuts, which like a paper theatre lends itself to shadow play.
In this version of the story it is the grandmother that journeys through the forest to visit her granddaughters.


Fig 1,2,3,4, Le Petit Chaperon Chinese Marie Sellier (Author), Catherine Louis (illustration), Picquier Youth, 2010.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Saito Tomoko

A wonderfully rich dark painting by Saito Tomoko of Little Red in the forest, I love the detailed undergrowth and the ghostly birds.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Olya Leontieva

A collaged wolf above the sockets, by Russian artist and illustrator Olya Leontieva. The wolf marks the danger, he is a symbol, a warning, not the danger itself.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Marta Altés

A Little Red Riding Hood by Spanish illustrator Marta Altés with printed elements. Marta  graduated with an MA from Cambridge Anglia Ruskin in illustration having worked as a graphic designer for many years. Marta has now achieved her dream of becoming a full time illustrator with 4 books published and lots more scheduled for release.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Fernanda Bragone

Argentinian illustrator Fernanda Bragone's painting of Red riding hood giving the wolf's teeth a clean after he has devoured granny is a macabre idea but I like the trust and care that this image portrays.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Enrica Scurati

Enrica Scurati is an Italian illustrator from Milan whose work I saw at the Bologna Children's Book Fair and these are her very stylized and surreal illustrations for Little Red Riding Hood.
"I am inspired by the art of Keith Haring, because I admire his work and creativity.
I have stylized the characters, assembling even stationery objects, such as the head of the wolf is a stapler, using a technique that could represent the effect of graffiti wall.
This combined with unreal looking figures, recalls a surreal world as by the way is for me is the reign of fairy tales." Enrica Scurati

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Polly Noakes

Fig 1,2,3,4, (above) from Little Red Riding Hood by Polly Noakes 

Polly Noakes has just graduated from Anglia Ruskin MA Illustration course in Cambridge. I was lucky to meet her at the Bologna Children's Book Festival last week.
"This is a picture book project that I created for the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, from which I have just graduated.
It emerged from sketching the New Forest where I live. During my first semester on the MA I filled 7 sketchbooks recording life and landscapes of the New Forest and connected to a very different world than Cambridge.
I wanted to create an atmospheric picture book reflecting the textures, light, colours and characters that I had sketched between autumn and winter. The woodsman is based on local charcoal maker Dave, who allowed me to sketch him whilst he worked.

  Fig 5, 6 (above) picture of 'Dave' from polly's sketchbook
I have always wanted to illustrate this classic tale and I did so, not with any outcome in mind, other than indulge my own creativity." Polly Noakes

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Marija Vuletić

Croatia was the country of honour at this years Bologna Children’s Book Fair and Marija Vuletić was exhibited as part of their Living Waters, Aquamarine Selection exhibition with her fluid loose watercolour illustrations of Little Red Riding Hood. These reminded me of my friend Lizzy Hobbs water colour animations in their style and gruesome humour.