Tuesday, May 3, 2011

White Blank Page

These images are two spreads from an author Demi's (yes, that is her name. that is all she goes by. like prince.) The Firebird. In this book, as well as her other work, Demi explores the use of culturally traditional illustration that binds a story to its setting. The Firebird is set in Russia as it is a retelling of a Russian folktale based on the compilation of stories provided by Alexander Afanasiev.

Most notable about the illustration is Demi's use of the negative space to capture the tiny and intricate illustrations. She leaves a great deal of breathing room that allows the reader to just bask in the spread. What is most amazing about this book is that she gets whole pages printed in gold! Shiney, super pretty and fun to look at metallic GOLD!

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