Monday, May 3, 2010

As Promised "Piccoli"







Here are the illustration from the book "Piccoli"
I just love them!!! The line work is amazing! I even love the end papers.
The illustrations are done in a few colors. You have full color and then
tone on tone and and monochromatic as well. I will treasure these
always! Hope they will inspire you too.
Have a great week!

41 comments:

Megan Coyle said...

Oh wow, thanks for sharing these - they are inspiring. And I agree, the line work is beautiful!

Owl Eng said...

thanks for sharing these wonderful artwork! the line work and composition are fabulous and very inspiring

Brad said...

Ah yes, I thought this sounded familiar. I saw this book mentioned on Lou Romano's wonderful blog. I am going to keep my eyes peeled for this one!

traylorillo said...

Thanks for sharing your book find! I adore mid-century illustrated books. I was hoping you'd post some pics of this rare book. I did a search for it after reading your last post and could find nothing. BTW, in case you weren't aware of it, there are several groups on Flickr dedicated to sharing the illustration from mid-century childrens books:

Vintage Childrens Books Flickr Group (http://bit.ly/cpDBIX)

Mid-Century Illustrated Flickr Group
(http://bit.ly/9mRVns)

Retro Kid Group on Flickr - my favorite!
(http://bit.ly/bshvCD)

Just thought I'd share.
I also wanted you to know I really enjoy your blog, too. It's one of my favorite RSS feeds on my reader.
Thanks for posting your illustrations!

Jane Wilson said...

Very Nice Vanessa. These illustrations are inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Love the illustrations from that era----probably because I remember them from growing up with them!
The end papers with the city illustrations are wonderful!
I think you got a treasure!!!

XXOO!!
Anne

nina seven said...

i can see why you love this book, the illos are fabulous!

Gloria said...

Very nice Vanessa. I agree, the work is beautiful. Have a great week. Thanks for sharing.

T.L. Holmes said...

FAB. U. LOUS! :)

rachel awes said...

ooh la la & me oh my, my beating heart! love them!
espec. enamored by the red/white buildings page.
inspiration's in the air
& it smells like cherry poppies. x

steve said...

Thanks for sharing these incredible pages!

DEB said...

These are wonderful Vanessa!

Tamara Henderson said...

This is really great inspiration! I love the line work!

Diana Evans said...

oh how wonderful Vanessa!!! this spread is like candy to the eyes!!! wonderful ...thank you for sharing this....

Hugs
Diana

Lindsey said...

Agh, these are amazing! And I certainly see in your work how they have inspired you.

And you've redesigned your blog; how lovely!!!! I haven't visited in a while, but I'm so glad I did!

Happy Monday, friend.

Ken said...

I can see why you like them so much... lovely indeed!

Susan said...

Thanks for sharing V - love these, very inspiring and very cool....cat!

k.h.whitaker said...

wow, these are awesome, I can see why you love it so much, thanks for sharing them Vanessa!

Redheaded Stepchild said...

Wow! Congrats on your great find! These are wonderful - I can see how he's influenced your work. Thanks for sharing Piccoli with us!

Mighty Kwan said...

Wow, I love this style so distinctive. I can see it lingering in your work! Congrats on tracking it down! Sorry I been gone so long, but as you said I have been busy! Thank goodness and thank you for stopping by and giving me congrats!

I don't know how you manage to keep up with your work, signings and maintaining your blog. You sure you don't have superpowers? I bet you do! Congrats again!!

-Wilson

KLascaris Design Studio said...

I love the drawings, and I do remember his work from Bugs Bunny - one of my favorites growing up. And just think: I'm sure his work was done by hand - no Photoshop to rely on!

Mónica said...

Wooo!! thanks for share this amazing and nice book :D
Have a beautiful day, Vanessa.

Jack Foster said...

Hey Vanessa, thanks for the return visit :o) The backgrounds have always been so mesmerizing for me. I would go to the theater and see an animated film and just admire the background art, then I'd have to go and see the same movie.... to watch the movie. :o) I follow a blog that I thought you might like. It's at animationbackgrounds.blogspot.com. Rob Richards does a phenomenal job of removing the characters and retaining the integrity of the background artwork. I think you'll enjoy it. God bless you my friend

Cheryl Lynn said...

How LOVELY! This is an adorable book! No wonder you had to have it in your collection.

One day, I'll be able to splurge on beautiful books like this.

Have a wonderful day, Momma and I look forward to talking with you soon.

Smooches!

Bella Sinclair said...

I am in LOVE, I am in LOVE, I am in LOVE! Oh my goodness GRACIOUS! This is an incredible book. I cannot believe the breadth of styles that Paul Julian used. I am in LOOOOOOOOVE! No wonder you have been seeking this. No wonder you grabbed this while you could. I mean GOSH, LOOK at this. The teacup on the cover, the way it's rendered, is beautiful. Better than computer-generated, and all the more impressive since they didn't have computers back then. Oh, Vanessa, I could stare at this all day. I can see how he has influenced you in the best possible ways. Oh, you lucky, lucky girl!

Say what? Your husband did not get this for Mother's Day? I don't know what could beat this, but bless his heart for trying.

Maldito Columpio said...

It's really beautiful, I love the city draw!

Ces said...

Oh great! where is my comment? Vee, Bella and I were talking about this book of yours, and we both notice how there are so many styles of illustration on one book! This is fabulous.

I have so many childrens' books dated in the early 1900s given to us by a firend whose mother was a teacher. They were actually children's schoolbooks. Amazing! They were illustrated by Willie Pogany, Kate Nielsen, Arthur Rackham, Maxfield Parish!!!

And my husband thinks we have so many books and need to get rid of some of them...

I did.

I got rid of his university textbooks!

Joe Sutphin said...

Thats soooo cool! I have a serious addiction to picture books and books on animals as well. I hit up Goodwill stores and half priced book stores weekly in search of discarded treasures. If i purchased every one i found I would be in real trouble. I force myself to rethink whether or not i need each one before i leave the store. I could really turn into a book hoarder if i wasnt careful!!!
thanks for sharing the book!

Russ Cox said...

I really like your illustration style. Bravo!

Shirley said...

Can I just say that this is ONE FINE book! No wonder you love it so. Thank you for sharing this with us...
and it is always, always so wonderful to hear from you! Are you sewing too? Wow, you are one amazing lady...I'm sure the doll turned out perfectly...how could it not?! Yes, time is flying, and we will touch base definitely. You enjoy this weekend with your baby girl and hubby and just treat yourself right...kick up your shoes and all. I will try to do the same..and hopefully paint some in between! : ) Thanks for your sweet visit - you make my day, Nester..you really do. Hugs to you, my sweet friend!

RuAn said...

Yes, it is beautiful and with a very classical line, still that now a lot of illustrators recover it. Kisses to the utmost. Good weekend

Vivi said...

I LOVE this book. Seriously. LOVE it. So lucky you have it!!

Ana said...

You are right, it's really inspiring. I wish I had a copy too. The one when she's in the spoon is so beautiful <3

Charmaine D'Silva said...

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY dear sweet Vanessa...big hugs out to you on this special day...xoxo

Bella Sinclair said...

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY, DARLIN'!!!! Are you being pampered? Are you being swaddled in coos and kisses??? Didja get to eat your favorite foods today? Did you sing and dance and shake your groove thing???? I hope you are having the most incredible day. I appreciate YOU and moms everywhere. Me, I got to read a book AND take an afternoon snoozer. It was sinfully decadent, and I loved it! I love you, Über V, super mommy!!!!!

aimee said...

i've never heard of this book! must find a copy - but it looks really rare!

Tomás Serrano said...

The last one remains me of the 101 Dalmatians art. Great book.

Krista said...

This is really wonderful! It has a similar "something" to your own work!!

Peter Breese said...

OH yes, they are fantastic illos and even appeal to such a bizarre person as me. Great technique and limited color pallet. OK, really have to run this time... to the next post.... starting to sweat a tad... SLIP!!! OUCH, hit my head on the darn background... while it may be green, it really doesn't feel like grass V! You should really put something softer on here ;).

Kay Aker said...

What a treasure trove!

Eric Barclay said...

lovely