Archive for December, 2007

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Covers vs artwork

Posted in Illustrators, Uncategorized on Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Look and Learn cover, Matania

You may like to have a look at a picture show we created yesterday which shows a dozen examples of Look and Learn covers, followed – for comparison – by the original artwork. It is quite interesting to see not only the quality of the original artwork, but how, in some cases, pictures have been cropped for use as magazine covers. If this type of picture show is of interest to people, let us know (in the comments below) and we will do more of them. In all, we have the artwork to a couple of hundred Look and Learn covers.


Posted in Animals, Geography, Nature on Tuesday, 18 December 2007

Yak, Yaks (illustration, picture, art)

It is not clear who nowadays would want an illustration of yaks, but I doubt whether there are many finer illustrations extant of these wonderful beasts of burden. The artist is sadly unknown.

Christmas picture show

Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, 18 December 2007

Father Christmas on a skidoo (picture, illustration, art)

This year we chose this picture of Father Christmas on a skidoo as our Christmas card which was sent to all subscribers to the best of Look and Learn. We have just created a Christmas picture show which includes it and two dozen other seasonal images for your pleasure. Remember that, if you click on any of the pictures, you can send them as an e-card.

Christmas in London

Posted in Absurd on Friday, 7 December 2007

Christmas Tree (Harold McCready)

With Christmas trees in London now being put up earlier and earlier, I hope we will be excused this charming illustration from the Dick and Dolly series in Playhour. The artist is Harold McCready. Incidentally, we have now added a wonderful new feature to all the images in both our Picture Library and the Children’s Competition Library, which allows you to order bespoke greetings cards, postcards and so forth. Simply click on the image (to enlarge it) and then click on the option “Buy cards”.

Spartacus and the revolt of the slaves

Posted in History, Illustrators on Friday, 7 December 2007

Spartacus and the revolt of the slaves (Angus McBride: illustration, artwork, picture)

We were lucky recently to find a transparency of this wonderful picture by Angus McBride in a collection of transparencies given to us by the Illustration Art Gallery. The picture was originally used on the cover of Look and Learn issue no 417.

Hey Diddle Diddle

Posted in Absurd, Nursery rhymes on Friday, 7 December 2007

Hey Diddle Diddle (picture, illustration, art)

It is difficult to encapsulate an entire nursery rhyme in a single picture. This picture, by an unknown artist, achieves this objective effortlessly.

Those magnificent mice in their flying machines

Posted in Absurd on Thursday, 6 December 2007

Town and country mouse flying, picture, image, illustration

Flying  is one of the staples of nursery art. Few pictures of this kind are as charming as this illustration by Philip Mendoza.

Pictures without words

Posted in Illustrators on Thursday, 6 December 2007

Boy in a space outfit

So as to increase the number of licensable images in our Picture Library we have created a new category called “retouched images” (these can be identified by file names which start with the letter “B”). These images are scans of pages from magazines, which we have digitally retouched using Photoshop and from which we have usually removed the text. Here is a retouched version of the cover of the first issue of Ranger magazine.