Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Lisbeth Zwerger

As we bid a fond Auf Wiedersehen to the Brothers Grimm, having spent a few weeks in the forest with Hansel, Gretel and friends, let's move on to some practioners of classic book ART.
Lisbeth Zwerger has devoted her entire career to illustrating folk and fairy tales, more than 30 books. A recipient of the Hans Christian Anderson Medal (aka the Nobel Prize of Illustration), she was discouraged from pursuing illustration when she studied art in Vienna, and didn't finish a degree. Her illustrations are mostly watercolor with pen and ink. Much can be learned from just LOOKING at how a great illustrator handles media, technique, composition, color and mood.

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