Archive for the ‘golden book’ Category

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Illustration: Mary Blair Song Book

Mary Blair Song Book

Mary Blair is one of the most popular golden age animation color stylists among today’s animation designers. This book was published in 1955, and it’s a great example of Blair at the height of her powers. The full color illustrations are great, but check out the duotones and the page layouts… It’s as if she can do no wrong! Her taste is impeccable.

Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
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Mary Blair Song Book
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Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

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This posting is part of a series of articles comprising an online exhibit spotlighting Illustration.

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Illustration: Rojankovsky’s Frog Went A Courtin

Rojankovsky Frog Went A Courtin

Animation Resources supporter, Kent Butterworth dropped by with a wonderful children’s book by the great illustrator Feodor Rojankovsky. Titled, Frog Went A-Courtin’, this book won the Caldicot Prize in 1955 for Best Children’s Picture Book of the year.

Rojankovsky was born in Russia in 1891, and served in the Russian army in the first World War. He spent some time in France, then emigrated to the United States when war broke out again in 1940. He was a prolific illustrator, creating over 100 picture books for Western Publishing’s Golden Books line and for other publishers as well. When asked how be began his interest in art, he replied…

Two great events determined the course of my childhood. l was taken to the zoo and saw the most marvelous creatures on earth: bears, tigers, monkeys and reindeer, and, while my admiration was running high, l was given a set of color crayons. Naturally, I began immediately to depict the animals which captured my imagination. Also when my eider brothers, who were in schools in the capital, came home for vacation, I tried to copy their drawings and to imitate their paintings.

Rojankovsky Frog Went A Courtin

Later when l went to school in Reval Tallinn, an ancient town on the shores of the Baltic sea, my love for art was enhanced and strengthened by a passion for nature. Tallinn was surrounded by forest. The sea presented wonderful opportunities for excursions and study of sea life. But there were also steamers, sailboats, flags, and all the excitement of a port. This was no less exciting than playing Red Indians or reading James Fenimore Cooper, the beloved author of all Russian children before, during, and after the Revolution.

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>Make sure to click on these to see them large. Rojankovsky was a master of texture, and the smaller size images don’t show that as well.

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RojankovskyRojankovskyIf you like this book, you’re in luck… it’s still in print. You can find it at Amazon.

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

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This posting is part of a series of articles comprising an online exhibit spotlighting Illustration.

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Animation: Ferdinand the Bull (1938)

Ferdinand the Bull

I am catching up on my scanning duties here at Animation Resources, and today we digitized this 1938 storybook based on the Oscar winning Disney short subject, Ferdinand the Bull. This oversized book is very close to the look of the actual cartoon, and I wonder if perhaps Claude Coates might have been the one who painted it.

Ferdinand the Bull
Ferdinand the Bull
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Ferdinand the Bull

Looks like some little fingers have gotten to that cover! Thanks to Archive Supporter, Jennifer Roth for sharing this with us.

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

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This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Animation.
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This posting is part of a series of articles comprising an online exhibit spotlighting Illustration.