THE ILLUSTRATOR'S NOTEBOOK by Lee--Ed. Kingman

THE ILLUSTRATOR'S NOTEBOOK

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Children's librarians and students of children's literature are only part of the potential audience for this compilation of articles from the Horn Book and its publications. As editor Lee Kingman notes in the introduction, art training tends to separate ""fine art, or high art, from technical art and/or graphics""--whereas these twain have met in children's books with due recognition from the Horn Book since Lynd Ward wrote in 1930 about ""a right regard for the medium."" Also represented by major articles (or excerpts therefrom) are such guiding lights as Fritz Eichenberg, Marcia Brown, and Warren Chappell; ""notes about and by artists"" include a number of entries from the ""Artist's Choice"" series (Pamela Bianco on Play with Me, Marc Simont on A Bell for Ursli, etc.); another series tapped, ""The Artist at Work,"" sets forth the techniques and rationale of collage (Ezra Jack Keats), woodcut (Evaline Ness), and scratchboard (Barbara Cooney), among others; while a final section on ""illustration as communication"" draws upon the experiences of Uri Shulevitz, Blair Lent, and other practitioners. The illustrations--47 in color, 55 in black and white--are attentive to the purposes of the articles and some will be unfamiliar even to specialists. But it's the aspiring or novice illustrator, unaware of the Horn Book back files, who'll benefit most from having them turned out to view.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1978
Publisher: Horn Book