A couple from Russian photographer Dmitrij Philippoy:
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:
Courtney Brims mostly illustrates women. I love her sense of design, and she has a very nicely designed website as well:
A more cartoonish version:
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:
Gennadi Kalinovski’s Alice is probably the earliest version in this post, but it has a contemporary feel to it:
Much of José Sanabria’s work has a pleasantly chaotic feel that is perfectly suited to children’s books:
Julia Gukova’s Deco-like Surrealism is a good match for the squares (cards, chessboard) that runs thematically through the Alice books:
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.
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.
Babi Yar was the single largest on-site mass execution in the entire span of the Third Reich, with over 33,000 Jews—and possibly as many as 100,000 people altogether—being murdered by Nazi Sonderkommando and SS soldiers over a two-day period. Children, of course, were not spared in this operation. Photographs, many taken by the Nazis themselves, document this horrific event, and several monuments and memorials, including many near the site itself, stand as somber and sober reminders of the depths of human depravity.
Here we see several women and little girls, awaiting their turn to be shot. It is truly chilling to look at such photos, knowing that only moments from this point in time everyone in this photo will be cruelly murdered.
Anna Ginsberg, age 3, one of the thousands of children slaughtered at Babi Yar:
Mania Halef was another:
This monument to the children killed at Babi Yar rests near the Dorohozhychi subway station in Kiev, Ukraine:
A detail of the maquette of Cindy Jackson’s massive monument, which is currently under construction (you can read about it at her site):
Cindy Jackson Sculpture (Official Site)
Another in my series on Estonian illustrators. Here are some (but not all) of the illustrations he rendered for a Russian edition of ‘Thumbelina’. I find the colors and textures in Aleksejev’s images to be the most striking facets of them, particularly on the plants and animals. In fact, the human figures here seem to be almost an afterthought; Aleksejev clearly preferred drawing nature over people.
A photographer mom with three daughters. I would love to do a multi-image post of her work, but you’ll have to settle for one image and a link to her Flickr photostream (below) for now. You really need to take a look at it; there are so many excellent images there. It’s really difficult to narrow them down to a few favorites, there are so many good ones.