Thursday, 28 February 2013

The Curious Explorer's Illustrated Guide to Exotic Animals A - Z by Marc Martin

Marc Martin is a French born Australian artist.

He illustrated one of my favourite picture books from last year - A Forest - a lovely story about caring for forests, trees and the environment.

The simple environmental message is amplified by the gorgeous watercolours, textures and pencil illustrations.

Each page is a work of art that I found myself pouring over time after time.

Needless to say, I was looking forward to his next book with great anticipation!

And today his gorgeous Exotic Animals A-Z arrived in our local bookshop - I've been drooling over his illustrations all afternoon!

The book itself is an over-sized hardback with a lovely glossy, colourful cover. Each page feels like a unique art print - specially bound together for your viewing pleasure.

I love Martin's illustrations for many reasons.

I love the colours, the implied textures, the shapes and balance. I also love that his work often reminds me of Charley Harper - I feel sure they are kindred spirits!

I love that Martin's illustrations can make me appreciate the beauty of a red-back spider. As for his treatment of the zeal of is pure heaven.

If you want to see what I mean, please click the link on his name at the beginning of this post.

Happy Reading

1 comment:

  1. Oh, you've got me intrigued. I will have to check these books out. I've never heard of these books, although I think I might have seen the cover of A Forest before.


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