Category Archives: Animals

Dog Days

The February Kennel Club shows have been highlighted over the years by The New Yorker

Covers by Ana Juan

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Constantin Alajalov….

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Helen E. Hokinson

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Abe Birnbaum

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James Thurber

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Theodore G. Haupt

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Maira Kalman (OK, this one’s from March)…

maira kalman, mar 18, 2013 nyer cover

Mark Ulriksen, (and June)…

mark ulriksen, nyer cover june 2002

…my illustration for New Yorker art director Francoise Mouly‘s site ‘Blown Covers‘…

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and Christopher Guest‘s hilarious mocumentary on dog shows, ‘Best In Show‘…

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Animal Tales

 Sara Fanelli created this wonderful little presentation pack for The Royal Mail’s set of stamps, ‘Animal Tales: Favourite Children’s Book Animals‘. The stamps themselves feature British children’s illustrators: Mick Inkpen, Quentin Blake, Eric Carle, Lucy Cousins, Satoshi Kitamura (OK, not all British), Michael Bond, Helen Oxenbury, and of course, Beatrix Potter. Click images to see all of Fanelli’s lovely details…

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Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), the beloved author and illustrator of so many beautiful children’s books, was a keen observer of nature from a very early age. Here, from a collection of her drawings at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London…

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 …there is a treasure trove of Potter’s illustrated letters at the Morgan Library & Museum

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…and see my post on Potter’s beautiful botanical drawings here

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Matthew Rice

A beautifully illustrated box by Matthew Rice sits in my studio and inspires me to draw more

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'My Bookcase' by Shelley Davies

 As well as his love of the English countryside, Rice is particularly interested in the vernacular architecture of rural England, and has published a few illustrated books on the topic, along with his artwork for wife Emma Bridgewater’s pottery.…..

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Charley Harper & The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

For you bird nerds, I just found a terrific app for bird identification, the Merlin Bird ID App from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

and here’s illustrator Charley Harper‘s beautiful 2005 poster, ‘We Think The World Of Birds’ for Cornell Lab of Ornithology, as well as some preliminary collages for his poster commission…

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…get your copy of the poster at the Charley Harper website. Thanks to Chriss Glass for the images at Harper’s exhibition, ‘Charley Harper: A Bird’s Eye View’…

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