Caroline Crossland and Asun Balzola

One could be forgiven if recognition of the names in the title were to elude oneself.  You might have had a better chance if you were a young child, for both #CarolineCrossland and #AsunBalzola are children’s book illustrators.  I came across a piece by each artist this week and added them to my collection.

The Yak - handcoloured linocut by Caroline Crossland @ 1987

The Yak – hand-coloured linocut by Caroline Crossland @ 1987

Caroline Crossland has illustrated many children’s books as well as creating her own individual works.

We see two verses of the ‘The Yak’, a poem by #HilaireBelloc (1870-1953).  I have not found that Caroline illustrated the complete ‘The Bad Child’s Book of Beasts’ by Belloc.

There is a wit and light-heartedness to her illustrations.  Combined with the warm tones she uses , one is drawn into the image not wanting to miss any part of it.

'Bran' illustration by Asun Balzola @ 1992

‘Bran’ illustration by Asun Balzola @ 1992

We travel to Spain, the homeland of Asun Balzola (1942-2006) who is our next artist.  She was a self-taught illustrator, writer, and translator who after a severe car accident studied painting and graphic arts in Madrid.  Asun won the 1965 Lazarillo Prize for her illustrations as well as winning the 1978 and 1985 Spanish National Illustration Prize.  She has worked with most of the publishers in Spain and various book printers in Europe and America’

Her illustration style uses colour blotches and thick lines.  The image we see is of ‘Bran’.  It was published by Collins in 1992.  This watercolour sketch is used on page 14 of the book.

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