Illustration History website On August 15, Norman Rockwell Museum will debut a new, comprehensive, online resource dedicated to the art of illustration. Join us at the Museum this Saturday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. as we celebrate with a launch party and reception. We will provide demonstrations of this evolving digital resource, designed to provide greater
Anthropomorphism in Children’s Picture Books By Jia Liu If we stop by the children’s picture book area in a book store, we find that more than half of the books are stories related to animals who are wearing human’s clothes, acting and talking like people; they are so normal to us, and children love them, rarely questioning why animals act like people. It seems to them that animals are supposed to have human personalities, just like children now born with tablet computer think the world originally had Ipads. Anthropomorphism, the attribution of human characteristics or behavior to animals or objects, is everywhere in our lives, especially in children’s picture books. Where did it come from?
THE BEAUTY ON THE UGLY THE KISS JOEL-PETER WITKIN by Ricardo Nunez The Kiss is a photo made by Joe Peter Witkin (September 1939) taken in New Mexico in 1982. At that time, the United States was recovering from the Vietnam Syndrome,* in which the nation’s people experienced defeat in war for the first
Fashion Illustration: The Evolution of Style By Jackie Zhu Fashion illustration has always engaged audiences, originally serving a promotional role for fashion magazines, clothing designers, and department stores which sold their wares. This style of illustration is usually exaggerated to express and elevate the elegance and glamour of luxury life, but not too far from real-life situations. However, with the introduction of fashion photography in the early decades of the twentieth century, the fashion illustration market faced a downturn. Being just beautiful was not marketable anymore. The new generation of fashion illustrators has grown up with very different art influences compared to the previous, and the expanded market of globalization has drastically changed the aesthetic of fashion illustration in today’s world.
Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day By Melissa Crowton The modern picture book has come a long way. Not only has the medium and the format been explored, but the content has evolved to reflect the changing social consciousness. Ezra Jack Keats’s picture book, A Snowy Day came onto the scene at a time when picture books needed a push forward to reflect the culture and social climate of the moment. Written in 1962, Keats’s work proved that racial diversity could be successful in mainstream publishing. Peter, the protagonist of the story, explores the snow that has fallen overnight in his city landscape, and carves his own pathway as he discovers its joys and fleeting qualities. This exploration of one’s environment is a timeless moment frozen during a shifting world that allowed the picture book to tell a beautiful story, but in a more honest depiction of the current world state.
“PLASTIC HARMONY” By Meltem Sahin The exposure to the explosions of colors shapes and words yet filled with immense negative space, ones’ mind overwhelm with “À Toute Épreuve”. Roughly meaning foolproof, “À Toute Épreuve” is an illustrated poem book, created through the exchange and collaboration of two life-long friends French poet Paul Eluard and Catalan painter Joan Miro geniuses and sensations, guiding viewer from word to image, image to word interchangebly. Poems are written in French, and have not been translated in any other languages, preserving its uniqueness. The book written by Paul Eluard in 1930 and illustrated by Joan Miro from 1947 to 1958 is the landmark of 20th century illustrated books. It enthralled generations of illustrators, poets, painters, modernists and artists in general.
By Ashley Yazdani In 1919, just after the First World War, a small group of Americans gathered to establish the first oﬃcial Children’s Book Week, and to help communicate their cause they commissioned a poster from renowned illustrator Jessie Willcox Smith. This first poster, featuring a pair of children helping themselves to a bounty of books, encouraged Americans to have “More Books in the Home!” and paved the way for a literary event that is still celebrated to this day.
By Elisabeth Pulido, grad student MICA’s MFA Illustration Practice, Critical Seminar Final Paper View the final paper here... View the presentation here...
By Fengchu Mu, grad student MICA’s MFA Illustration Practice, Critical Seminar Final Paper View his paper here... View his proposed exhibition images here...
By Sarah Schneider, grad student MICA’s MFA Illustration Practice, Critical Seminar Final Paper View the paper here...