Thursday, July 7, 2011

hurray for [YA!] ILLUSTRATORS, pt. 1

Illustrators aren't just for children's picture-books, yall.
More and more, I'm seeing bona fide young adult novels (especially series on the younger, preteen end of the spectrum) featuring some pretty legit art, both on the cover and within the books themselves.

One of the best examples of beautiful, amazing literary art is the work of illustrator David Frankland.

Frankland's illustrative credits are immense, but some of his most well-known work are the illustrations he made for Joseph Delaney's The Wardstone Chronicles series, as well as Marie Rutkoski's Kronos Chronicles. Falkland's art is also featured on the cover of Dianna Wynne Jones' Spellbound, as well as a new edition of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.

What initially made me notice Frankland's work is the strong resemblance to character art in some Disney films, particularly Hercules (1997). What also seems to make Falkland's art unique is his immense talent for complexly detailed silhouetted figures.


Art from the Wardstone series

Art from the Kronos Chronicles

Index of David Frankland's work
& here

Next time I'll feature another illustrator!
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