Amy Guip and Emma Watson

In honor of the new Harry Potter film starting tonight, here’s a photograph of Emma Watson.  She may not be a child anymore, but she made her name as a child actress starting with the first Harry Potter movie, and she will forever be known as Hermione Granger.  Here’s to several years of excellent work on this series, not just to Emma but to all the stars of these fantastic films.  Cheers!

This portrait is circa about 2005, I believe. Don’t quote me on that.

Amy Guip – Emma Watson

 

Flor Garduño

Garduño’s photographs are just exquisite; I only wish she was better known.  I particularly adore her still-lifes and the photos of her daughter, Azul, such as “Ocelote Azul” and “Suave viento.”  You simply must take a tour of her website!
[Editor’s update, 2016/06/29: Except the first and last ones, all images have been replaced by a larger version, coming from the artist’s website.]

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Flor Garduño – Canasta de luz, Sumpango, Guatemala (1989)

Flor Garduño – La giganta, Sumpango, Guatemala (1989)

Flor Garduño – La giganta, Sumpango, Guatemala (1989)

Flor Garduño – Ocelote Azul, Mexico (1998)

Flor Garduño – Ocelote Azul, Mexico (1998)

Flor Garduño – Niña paloma – Anunciación, Mexico (1998)

Flor Garduño – Niña paloma – Anunciación, Mexico (1998)

Flor Garduño – Triates, Mexico (1987)

Flor Garduño – Triates, Mexico (1987)

Flor Garduño – Imagen clásica, Mexico (1999)

Flor Garduño – Imagen clásica, Mexico (1999)

Flor Garduño – (Title Unknown)

Flor Garduño – (Title Unknown)

Flor Garduño (Official Site)

Eye on Alice: Down the Rabbit Hole, Pt. 2

This brings us to this month’s edition of Eye on Alice, a continuation of the ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ theme.  These are more modern illustrations for Alice’s encounter with the White Rabbit and her plummet down the rabbit hole.

Anne Bachelier is a contemporary surrealist painter and illustrator, and her work for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is, in my opinion, among her best, particularly her Mad Tea Party illustration, which will appear later on this blog:

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Anne Bachelier – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Down the Rabbit Hole

Cinzia Ratto - Alice in Wonderland - The White Rabbit

Cinzia Ratto – Alice in Wonderland – The White Rabbit

Cinzia Ratto - Alice in Wonderland - Down the Rabbit Hole

Cinzia Ratto – Alice in Wonderland – Down the Rabbit Hole

Courtney Brims mostly illustrates women. I love her sense of design, and she has a very nicely designed website as well:

Courtney Brims - Alice in Wonderland - Down the Rabbit Hole

Courtney Brims – Alice in Wonderland – Down the Rabbit Hole

A more cartoonish version:

Ekaterina Shishlova - Down the Rabbit Hole

Ekaterina Shishlova – Down the Rabbit Hole

Fernando Falcone’s illustration is more of an Alice-inspired image than an actual image for the book. Still, I had to include it because I love how he made the White Rabbit tall and intimidating. Falcone is another one with a beautifully designed website:

Fernando Falcone - Mary Ann! (2005)

Fernando Falcone – Mary Ann! (2005)

Gennadi Kalinovski’s Alice is probably the earliest version in this post, but it has a contemporary feel to it:

Gennadi Kalinovski - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Down the Rabbit Hole

Gennadi Kalinovski – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Down the Rabbit Hole

Much of José Sanabria’s work has a pleasantly chaotic feel that is perfectly suited to children’s books:

José Sanabria - Alice in Wonderland - White Rabbit

José Sanabria – Alice in Wonderland – White Rabbit

Julia Gukova’s Deco-like Surrealism is a good match for the squares (cards, chessboard) that runs thematically through the Alice books:

Julia Gukova - Alice in Wonderland (1)

Julia Gukova – Alice in Wonderland (1)

Julia Gukova - Alice in Wonderland (2)

Julia Gukova – Alice in Wonderland (2)

Courtney Brims – Brisbane Artist (Official Site)

Fernando Falcone (Official Site)

José Sanabria (Blog)

JULIA GUKOVA (Official Site)

In next month’s Eye on Alice we’ll wrap up the White Rabbit/Rabbit Hole theme.

Émile Antoine Bayard: Les Misérables

I’m proud to say I have read Les Misérables by Victor Hugo.  If you’ve ever tackled it, you’ll know why I’m proud: it is a dense (in more ways than one) and lengthy novel, and so not an easy book to get through.  All the characters are well-drawn, but of course the character most apropos to this blog is Cosette.  The book follows her life from infancy to young womanhood and is in many ways as much about her as it is about Jean Valjean.  Several artists have illustrated the book, including Louis Moe, Pierre Jeanniot, and the incomparable Lynd Ward, but of course the most famous illustration for the book is this one done by Émile Antoine Bayard, as it was later used in the poster design for long-running musical version of Les Mis and thus became an iconic image.

Émile Antoine Bayard – Cosette

Wikipedia: Émile Bayard