Pictures Telling Stories: The Art of Robert Ingpen

Pictures Telling Stories: The Art of Robert Ingpen

by Robert Ingpen
     
 

In his 30-year career, internationally accomplished artist Robert Ingpen has illustrated more than 100 books for children and adults. In 1986 he was awarded the highest honor in the children's book world, the Hans Christian Anderson Medal, for his lasting contributions to children's literature. This handsome 112-page volume collects scores of beautifully reproduced

Overview

In his 30-year career, internationally accomplished artist Robert Ingpen has illustrated more than 100 books for children and adults. In 1986 he was awarded the highest honor in the children's book world, the Hans Christian Anderson Medal, for his lasting contributions to children's literature. This handsome 112-page volume collects scores of beautifully reproduced paintings and sketches from dozens of Ingpen's best known books, surveying a long and fruitful career. Including an introduction, commentary, and Ingpen's own descriptions of his work, this delightful retrospective is a welcome addition to any art-book collection.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
This visual feast of Ingpen's work will fascinate anyone interested in pictures telling stories, but the commentary about Ingpen's methods and purposes requires a mature and sophisticated reader familiar with a wide range of allusions in both art and literature. In the book's four chapters-"Pictures Telling Stories in Literature," "Folk Tales and Myths at Work," "Facts in Focus," and "Joining Up the Dots"-Cox discusses more than sixty Ingpen illustrations. The main commentary and picture notes clarify several Ingpen signature characteristics. He distinguishes between "accurate" but not necessarily "literal" depictions to bring classics and what he considers their "real" characters to new audiences. His combining of pictures and space suggests fresh interpretations and leaves room for the reader's imagination. Researching history and cultures, he bridges the reality and fantasy of both. His fact illustrations avoid stereotyping while combining the understated and theatrical. For Ingpen, point of view communicates the event's significance and emotional environment. Choosing the phrase "joining the dots," he considers the relationships within the illustration as well as the illustration's relationship to other pictures within the same volume, and to the world it reflects. Few teens will approach this volume's narrative without guidance, but the pictures and commentary are excellent sources for classroom teachers who wish to generate thoughtful discussion about literature, art, history, or social issues and their interrelationships in storytelling. VOYA CODES: 5Q 2P M J S A/YA (Hard to imagine it being any better written; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School,defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2005, Penguin, 112p.; Illus. Photos. Chronology., Trade pb. Ages 11 to Adult.
—Lucy Schall
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up-This Australian artist has illustrated over 100 books, fiction and nonfiction, in a career that spans over 40 years. His representational style is evocative as well as narrative. Pictures showcases some of his work and includes his commentaries about the selections in detailed captions. The full-color reproductions range in size from spot art to double-page illustrations. Also included are rough, early sketches, storyboards, and brainstorming drawings that will give readers an idea of what is involved in the process of illustrating stories. Though the reproductions are the obvious stars of this book, there is a surprising amount of information in the captions and Sarah Mayor Cox's analytical commentaries on both the illustrations and Ingpen's working process. Perfect for art teachers and students desiring more information on illustration and design, and the work of Ingpen, this beautiful book will have a small but select audience.-Heather E. Miller, Homewood Public Library, AL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698400115
Publisher:
Minedition
Publication date:
02/28/2005
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
9.62(w) x 11.42(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range:
1 Year

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