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Tuesday , December 14, 2010
Random Picture Entry: Charley Harper
Why did no one tell me about Charley Harper earlier in my life?!!!! I confess that I don't know much about illustrators as I'd like, but I saw Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life at Barnes & Nobles and was floored by how bold and whimsical his work is. It's one of those things where you just have an instinctive reaction to it, and my particular instinctive reaction was pure happiness and joy. How can you not feel these emotions when you look at his stylized, utterly charming drawings and paintings of wildlife? I love the color sense of his illustrations, and the way they have both simplicity and complexity: the forms themselves are simple, but the arrangement of elements in the space has an intricacy that makes you feel like you are looking at the world's happiest puzzles. I'm especially fond of his illustrations of birds, and he must have been awfully fond of winged creatures as well, because he drew and painted many of them.
I really recommend taking a gander at the book itself, it's really marvelous!
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