Posts Tagged "nightmares"

November 19, 2010

Nightmare fodder: Two Centuries of Children’s book illustration

The Public Library does it again, folks. This week I found William Feaver’s When We Were Young, Two Centuries of Children’s Book Illustration and it was like seeing Gremlins for the first time in second grade. I didn’t sleep.

Regardless, the book is a fascinating collection of what kids across the universe were looking at by firelight years ago. The image above is by Heinrich Hoffman and the caption reads, “‘Ah!” said Mamma, “I knew he’d come to naughty little suck-a-thumb.”‘ Dang, Hoffman!

More illustrations after the jump.

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December 16, 2009

Mikel Robinson

Hey OK Greatsters!  It’s Michael, you know, the new kid.  Let’s start things off with a bang shall we.

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I feel like this is what dreams (or nightmares?) looked like 100 years ago.

I came across the work of Mikel Robinson at the Durham Art Walk a few years ago and I’ve always made it a point to stop by his booth each time he’s exhibiting around town.  It’s a combination of prints, found objects, wood, and a ton of distressing, both by hand and by computer, often finished with wax or some other sealant to lock in all of those precious layers.  His work is really best appreciated in person since most of his ‘flat’ pieces are actually quite 3-dimensional.  Unfortunately, his website seems a bit neglected, but there are still plenty of gems in there.

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April 6, 2009

Karol Augustynowicz

Karol Augustynowicz is an illustrator from Wroclaw, Poland.  And sadly, that’s about the extent of the information I could find about her.


Karol creates very, very scary, unnerving pencil illustrations.  Her work feels like a snowy, barren, Eastern European landscape.  Precisely what I imagine should come out of Poland.


I’m going to go have daymares now but you should check out Karol’s work at Saatchi and Fine Art America.