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Digital Treat: Thanks to Cambridge University we can now see inside the world’s first multicolored printed book August 10, 2015 – Posted in: book arts, Books and Technology, Illustration, Painting

The book is called Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu, ‘Manual of Calligraphy and Painting’ and was first published in 1633 in Nanjing. The book is comprised of eight categories – birds, plums, orchids, bamboos, fruit, stones, ink drawings (round fans) and miscellany – and is illustrated by 50 different artists and calligraphers. It is the earliest known example of multicolor printing in the world: printed by the technique of polychrome xylography known asdouban invented and perfected…

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Cream of Wheat and the Golden Age of Illustration January 12, 2015 – Posted in: Art, Content, Illustration

From 1903-1928 The Cream of Wheat Co. ran a national advertising campaign to promote their “breakfast porridge.” The campaign featured American illustrators and appeared in the leading periodicals of the day. Lucky for them their campaign ran  during the time of Americas Golden Age of Illustration. They hired the likes of  N. C. Wyeth, James Montgomery Flagg, Jessie Willcox Smith and J. C. Leyendecker to help spread the word.  By the time Cream of Wheat was acquired by Nabisco in 1962 the campaign…

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Harlin Quist: The coolest publisher of children’s books you never heard of December 20, 2014 – Posted in: book design, Illustration

Harlin Quist just might be the coolest publisher of children’s books you never heard of. The brainchild of Harlin Bloomquist, Quist published over sixty children’s books between 1966-1984. They featured some of the finest European and American authors and illustrators of the day and helped establish the careers of many young artists.  They are unmistakable in design and offered an original, fresh look in childrens’ book publishing. Quist had a background in theater and then worked in publishing, first as an editor…

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Nursery Rhymes + Alcohol = Hickory Daiquiri Dock December 12, 2014 – Posted in: Illustration, Of Interest: Featured Books / Reviews

In Hickory Daiquiri Dock: Cocktails with a Nursery Rhyme Twist Tim Federle has concocted the ultimate board book for new parents. It features 20 juiced-up nursery rhymes and its rallying cry is Parents Everywhere: Put Down the Rattle ad Pick Up the Shaker!  Do I really need to say anything else? John Junior Jägermeister Schmidt Old Macdonald Had a Flask Mary Had a Little Dram. Hickory Daiquiri Dock: Cocktails with a Nursery Rhyme Twist is published by…

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