ronald searle’s christmas carol

31 12 2013

for the last day of the year 2013 I want to show you some of my most favorite illustrations, RONALD SEARLE’S visual interpretation of CHARLES DICKENS’ – THE CHRISTMAS CAROL. searle illustrated this classic novel in 1960 and it was published by perpetua books, london. the way searle captures the mood of the story together with the english victorian period of time is I think unsurpassed by any other illustrator. his very special style, the way he mixes fat brushstrokes of black ink with a kind of nervous thin nib line, always fascinated me. but in these illustrations he adds a lot more, a very detailed world in the backgrounds beautifully colored in his very special watercolor style. this book is one of my treasures. have a HAPPY NEW YEAR.

searle dickens 15
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© ronald searle / perpetua books

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greetings

23 12 2013

before the internet-era it was common to send and receive via ‘snail-mail’ christmas greeting cards. over the years I have collected some special ones, mainly handmade cards from close friends. below is a small selection – happy holidays

andreas 1987
andreas 1988
2 christmas cards by andreas deja, from 1987 and 1988

harald 1983
from harald siepermann when he was still my student in 1983

stephan 1977
from stephan boeder, at that time responsible for the graphic design in WDR, west german television, 1977

alfred j kwak 1989
from the producers of the alfred j kwak tv-series, telecable benelux, amsterdam + tokyo, 1989

calendar 1950s
one of my childhood christmas calendars from the fifties. you opened every day in december one little hidden window in the calendar and got rewarded with a simple illustration behind it

disney_christmas_1938
one of my favorite disney christmas cards from 1938

Disney Christmas Card (1940)
and another disney christmas card probably early forties

all disney artwork © disney enterprises, inc





photokina

21 12 2013

photokina st.b

storyboard for a planned commercial 1986 for PHOTOKINA COLOGNE. it was supposed to combine ‘monty python’-like cut out animation, traditional 2D animation and claymation. of course they chose something cheaper.





sailing nr.13

20 12 2013

sail boracay 2





again…?

18 12 2013

christmas 2013 again





sailing nr.12

17 12 2013

boracay 1

BORACAY, a tiny island – one of the 7.200 philippine islands. a little bit like paradise, turqouise bathtub-warm water, white sand, palmtrees and coconuts. delicious food and tropical drinks – I wanna go back…