Reading Corner: The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy

My sister and I gave The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse to our mum for Christmas – a wise present it turns out, seeing as I’ve now read it more times than she has. Looking at it again this past week has been a comforting escape. The book is formed from a collection of beautifully expressive ink illustrations with handwritten words, stitched together by a gently anchoring narrative. We follow four friends: an inquisitive boy who asks questions about the world and ponders his relationships with the others; a mole full of reassuring words, whose thoughts are also largely occupied by cake (which makes for some of my favourite moments); a fox who is reserved and quiet because of their past, yet loved by the others no matter what; and a wise horse who reveals an ability to fly. The story’s subtle linearity stitches the order of the pages together, but you don’t need to read it cover to cover. Each page is an isolated piece of art and storytelling in its own right, so dip in and dip out; you’ll never be lost in the story. Continue reading Reading Corner: The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy

Illustrated Vogue Italia: An Environmentally Conscious Approach

If you asked the general person what they picture when they imagine a Vogue cover, for many the same portrait would spring to mind: a perfectly shot photograph printed on glossy paper, peeping through the other magazines at the airport or newsagent. However, Vogue Italia has totally shaken up this image with their January 2020 edition, scrapping the photoshoot for one edition only, instead filling the magazine cover-to-cover with illustrations. Conde Nast, Vogue’s publishing company, announced in a press release that the purpose of this move was sustainability. Continue reading Illustrated Vogue Italia: An Environmentally Conscious Approach

picture this?

  The Waterstones’ Picture This competition for the best new picture illustrator is making another comeback this year! One lucky unpublished illustrator will get to illustrate the award winning Michael Morpurgo’s remake of the nation’s most loved fairytale… So what is the nation’s favourite fairytale? Are you stickler for the Three Little Pigs? Maybe you’ve got a soft spot for Cinderella and her prince charming? Perhaps … Continue reading picture this?

silja goetz: an illustrator’s profile

Name: Silja Goetz Place of Origin: Germany Studied: Communication Design Age: 37 Current Work: Graphic Designer Past Clients: Major magazines – New Yorker, Harpers Bazaar Inspirations: Classic Art When she draws, Goetz combines detailed, intricate and smooth line-work with an absence of colour or background that adds to the effect of her pieces. Normally, with a human figure as the focus point, her works are … Continue reading silja goetz: an illustrator’s profile