Look at the book I discovered yesterday at the library! The Little Wood Duck by Brian Wildsmith. I am in love with it. As I was reading it I was gasping at the illustrations.
My illustration tastes go through different moods and right now I’m sooo feeling this. It’s funny because this is exactly the kind of book I would have eschewed when I was a kid. Reminds me a bit of Eric Carle who I never liked when I was little. (I’m actually still a little shakey on Carle because of these residual feelings) But this I love. It’s perfect! the colors, the ink-and-watercolor
… the subject matter. I’ve been very enchanted by woodland creatures these days. I find myself drawn to owls, squirrels, birds, foxes, etc. over and over again. And look – Brian Wildsmith wrote a book just on squirrels! I have to get it! More squirrels I love… the one Tim made for me in my header :), squirrel cards and this guy by Kirsten Ulve, this squirrel intarsia from a knitting for teddy bears book from the library. And I could go on and on and on. I haven’t even started on owls, deer or bunnies yet.
I have the most excellent vintage 70s pattern for stuffed toys called A Forest Family. It includes patterns for a wolf, squirrel, mouse, skunk, rabbit and woodchuck! They are a little bit scary looking but I’m going to make one up next week and see how it turns out.
By the way I found Kirsten Ulve via Jasmin Chua at Spookyhouse, check out her cool illustrations and then her amazing links page! Led me to Kurt Halsey, Aya Kakeda (I love this, hmm wonder why, could it be the wolves?), oh and Nina Frenkel (check out the one I have bookmarked) and Tara McPherson, her band posters are great!