|© Sarah McIntyre|
The above image is designed by the fabulous Sarah McIntyre to promote her brilliant Pictures Mean Business hashtag, aiming to boost awareness of illustrators and make sure they get credit for their work. More details of the superb campaign here.
I think it's a wonderful campaign - illustration adds so much to so many books - and would strongly encourage people to get involved (there are some great suggestions at that link!) Along with Debbie from Snuggling on the Sofa, we're trying to update our spreadsheet to make sure we're listing cover designers and illustrators for all of the 2015 releases we're keeping track of - if you know of any we're missing, drop us a tweet on @yayeahyeah or @snugglingonthesofa.
One of my own issues when reviewing is I struggle with describing art, a lot of the time. I'm reasonably okay at reviewing people's writing (hopefully!), but feel somehow much less qualified to criticise pictures. I thought I'd jump into the deep end and try and describe what I particularly like about some of my favourite recent illustrations. (For others who have the same problem, I highly recommend this brilliant A-Z of picture book terminology from LH Johnson!)
A big thank you to Andersen Press, Barrington Stoke, Bloomsbury, Orion Children's Books, and Simon & Schuster for the permission to use these pictures and for providing the files.
|© Kate Grove from Not As We Know It - Andersen Press|
Kate Grove has illustrated both the Tom Avery books I've read, My Brother's Shadow and Not As We Know It. (She also designed the GORGEOUS cover for We Are All Made Of Molecules by Susin Nielsen, a massive favourite of mine!) I love the way her landscape here captures the wonderful setting conjured up by Tom Avery.
|© Vladimir Stankovic from The Wickford Doom - Barrington Stoke|
I've recently reviewed The Wickford Doom for The Bookbag. Author Chris Priestley is a massively atmospheric writer and Vladimir Stankovic's chapter headings perfectly bring the chilling quality of the book to life - I love the shading for this train. (Am I reading too much into this, or does the front wheel of that train look almost like a monstrous mouth, with an eye above?)
|© Ian Schoenherr from The Apothecary - Andersen Press|
|© Becka Moor from Violet and the Hidden Treasure - Simon & Schuster|
|© Emily Gravett 2014 from The Imaginary - Bloomsbury Children's|
|© Laura Ellen Anderson 2015 - Witch Wars by Bloomsbury Children's|
|© Chris Riddell 2014 from The Sleeper and the Spindle - Bloomsbury Children's|
|© Todd Harris from The Map To Everywhere - Orion Children's Books|
Who are some of your favourite illustrators? What do you think of the #PicturesMeanBusiness campaign? Share your thoughts in the comments!