Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Jan Pienkowski

Jan Pienkowski, is a Polish-born British illustrator and author of children's books. He is probably best known for his 'Meg and Mog books' and for his pop up books written by Helen Nicoll including Haunted House , Robot, Dinner Time, Good Night and 17 others.

I used to read Meg and Mog when i was young, (primary school days). I found them fun and interesting and i still do now even though they are children's stories. I think the characters and very imaginative and well desgined for children's characters, simple block shapes and lines, nothing too detailed. Also the colours used are simple blocked, bright, colours, these catch the attention of children. The black outlines make the images and shapes stand out which again catches the attention of young children. The fun characters are easily remembered by children and also the older children and even adults.

Jan Pienkowski also did some interesting silhouette work for some book covers.

I think these are really interesting. I love the bold black shapes and how they work so well with the coloured backgrounds. Very interesting. The backgrounds are very unusual, using different shades of one colour and blending them together, this brings the black foreground figure/image sand out even more and i love this process.

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