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Game of Thrones: The Storyboards (Hardcover): Michael Kogge Game of Thrones: The Storyboards (Hardcover)
Michael Kogge; Illustrated by William Simpson
R783 R552 Discovery Miles 5 520 Save R231 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Go behind the scenes of HBO's global television phenomenon with Game of Thrones: The Storyboards - an official collection featuring striking storyboard art. In this deluxe art collection, Game of Thrones storyboard artist William Simpson shares the brilliant and painstaking work that is an integral part of assembling each episode of the award-winning series. This gorgeous book features a unique behind-the-scenes look into pivotal moments and early conceptual art from Game of Thrones. Curated from Simpson's extensive archive, this revealing collection represents the exemplary artistic development involved in one of the most visually dynamic shows on television. Game of Thrones: The Storyboards is the definitive compendium of storyboards for this hit series and captures the impressive scope of its rich development and artistry. This unique collection is a must-have for all fans of this breathtaking show.

Words & Pictures - Writers, Artists and a Peculiarly British Tradition (Paperback): Jenny Uglow Words & Pictures - Writers, Artists and a Peculiarly British Tradition (Paperback)
Jenny Uglow 1
R252 R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Save R43 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

As children, learning to read, we look first at the illustrations - but how do these tell their stories differently to the words? Words & Pictures explores this question through three encounters between writers and artists. It looks at how artists have responded to two great, contrasting works, Paradise Lost and Pilgrim's Progress; at Hogarth and Fielding, great innovators, sharing common aims; and at Wordsworth and Bewick, a poet and engraver, both working separately, but both imbued with the spirit of their age. A brief coda turns to a fourth relationship: writers and artists who collaborate from the start, like Dickens and Phiz, and Lewis Carroll and Tenniel.

Sometimes amusing, sometimes moving, this is a book to pore over and enjoy. The visions it considers link daily life to the universal, the passionate and the sublime.

Moomin: Cover of Finn Family Moomintroll (Foiled Journal) (Notebook / blank book, New edition): Flame Tree Studio Moomin: Cover of Finn Family Moomintroll (Foiled Journal) (Notebook / blank book, New edition)
Flame Tree Studio
R203 R159 Discovery Miles 1 590 Save R44 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Part of a series of exciting and luxurious Flame Tree Notebooks. Combining high-quality production with magnificent fine art, the covers are printed on foil in five colours, embossed, then foil stamped. And they're powerfully practical: a pocket at the back for receipts and scraps, two bookmarks and a solid magnetic side flap. These are perfect for personal use and make a dazzling gift. This example features Moomin: Cover of Finn Family Moomintroll.

J. R. R. Tolkien - Artist and Illustrator (Paperback, New edition): Wayne G. Hammond, Christina Scull J. R. R. Tolkien - Artist and Illustrator (Paperback, New edition)
Wayne G. Hammond, Christina Scull
R488 R343 Discovery Miles 3 430 Save R145 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The paintings and drawings of J.R.R. Tolkien are featured in this illustrated study, seen in the context of his writing. He is the author of "The Hobbit", "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Silmarillion". This book explores Tolkien's art at length, from his childhood paintings and drawings to his final sketches. Central to the book are his illustrations for his works, especially his tales of "Middle-earth". Also examined are the pictures Tolkien made for his children, notably in his "Father Christmas" letters and for the story of "Mr Bliss", his calligraphy, his love of decoration, and his contributions to the typography and design of his books. Wayne G. Hammond is the author of "The Graphic Art of C.B. Falls" and "J.R.R. Tolkien: a Descriptive Bibliography" and he is a contributor of notes on Tolkien to the journal "Mythlore". Christina Skull is the author of "Soane Hogarths" and she edits the journal, "The Tolkien Collector".

Born to Be Posthumous - The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey (Hardcover): Mark Dery Born to Be Posthumous - The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey (Hardcover)
Mark Dery
R494 R323 Discovery Miles 3 230 Save R171 (35%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The definitive biography of Edward Gorey, the eccentric master of macabre nonsense. 'A genius book about a bookish genius' Daniel Handler, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events From The Gashlycrumb Tinies to The Doubtful Guest, Edward Gorey's wickedly funny and deliciously sinister little books have influenced our culture in innumerable ways, from the works of Tim Burton and Neil Gaiman to Lemony Snicket. Some even call him the Grandfather of Goth. But who was this man, who lived with over twenty thousand books and six cats, who roomed with Frank O'Hara at Harvard, and was known - in the late 1940s, no less - to traipse around in full-length fur coats, clanking bracelets, and an Edwardian beard? An eccentric, a gregarious recluse, an enigmatic auteur of whimsically morbid masterpieces, yes - but who was the real Edward Gorey behind the Oscar Wildean pose? He published over a hundred books and illustrated works by Samuel Beckett, T.S. Eliot, Edward Lear, John Updike, Charles Dickens, Hilaire Belloc, Muriel Spark, Bram Stoker, Gilbert & Sullivan, and others. At the same time, he was a deeply complicated and conflicted individual, a man whose art reflected his obsessions with the disquieting and the darkly hilarious. Based on newly uncovered correspondence and interviews with personalities as diverse as John Ashbery, Donald Hall, Lemony Snicket, Neil Gaiman, and Anna Sui, Born to be Posthumous draws back the curtain on the eccentric genius and mysterious life of Edward Gorey.

Tom Adams Uncovered - The Art of Agatha Christie and Beyond (Hardcover): Tom Adams, John Curran Tom Adams Uncovered - The Art of Agatha Christie and Beyond (Hardcover)
Tom Adams, John Curran 1
R623 R435 Discovery Miles 4 350 Save R188 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The story of one of the world's greatest cover artists told through his iconic 1960s and 1970s Agatha Christie paperback designs, which influenced a generation of readers and artists. Includes a variety of other art and illustration from his 50 year career. The Agatha Christie covers painted by Tom Adams constitutes probably the most famous body of paperback art ever produced by a single artist. Between A Murder Is Announced in 1962 and Miss Marple's Final Cases in 1979, Tom was commissioned by Fontana in the UK and Pocket Books in the USA to paint covers for almost every Agatha Christie book, most of them more than once, totalling around 150 different paintings over two decades. They have been reproduced in many languages all over the world, defining the style of paperback artwork throughout the sixties and seventies and influencing a generation of artists and designers ever since. Tom's unique interpretations of the themes and stories in the books, often hiding clues about the plots within his paintings, have left an indelible mark on those who read those editions, and they are now highly sought after by fans of both Agatha Christie and Tom Adams. And Agatha Christie is only half the story. Concurrent with this extraordinary achievement, Tom was also producing art for other publishers, including an iconic series of Raymond Chandler covers and some brilliant jackets for books by John Fowles (The Collector, The Magus and The French Lieutenant's Woman), Patrick White (The Vivisector), David Storey (Saville), Peter Straub (Ghost Story), and Kingsley Amis (his James Bond pastiche, Colonel Sun). Tom Adams Uncovered is a showcase of the artist's best work from a career spanning more than 50 years. In addition to his many cover paintings, it features examples of Tom's broader work, including award-winning advertising, portraits, album covers, poster prints, and his work on the films 2001, Flash Gordon and Lifeforce. With captions by Tom and a commentary by the Agatha Christie historian John Curran, and concluding with previously unpublished Agatha Christie paintings, this book is a treasure trove for both crime fans and art lovers, and a fitting celebration of one of the world's finest cover artists.

Today Is Going to Be a Great Day! Page-A-Day Calendar 2020 (Calendar): Workman Publishing Today Is Going to Be a Great Day! Page-A-Day Calendar 2020 (Calendar)
Workman Publishing 1
R281 R191 Discovery Miles 1 910 Save R90 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

It's art, it's inspiration, it's the start-your-day-right calendar gift. What's better than an upbeat message (or quote, lyric, or piece of advice) to lift your spirits? Every day, words to live by--Bloom where you are planted, Prove them wrong, Forget the mistake, remember the lesson.--are brought to life through fresh, bright graphic design by over 30 contemporary illustrators, providing a reliable boost of cheer to guide you through the year. Once a page is torn off, you can pick and choose which to hang on the wall, creating a gallery of joy, warmth, and inspiration.

Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth (Hardcover): Catherine Mcilwaine Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth (Hardcover)
Catherine Mcilwaine 1
R1,062 R747 Discovery Miles 7 470 Save R315 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This richly illustrated book explores the huge creative endeavour behind Tolkien's enduring popularity. Lavishly illustrated with over 300 images of his manuscripts, drawings, maps and letters, the book traces the creative process behind his most famous literary works - 'The Hobbit', 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Silmarillion' and reproduces personal photographs and private papers,some of which have never been seen before in print. Tolkien drew on his deep knowledge of medieval literature and language to inform his literary imagination. Six introductory essays cover some of the main themes in Tolkien's life and work including the influence of northern languages and legends on the creation of his own legendarium; his concept of `Faerie' as a literary construct; the central importance of his invented languages in his fantasy writing; his visual imagination and its emergence in his artwork; and the encouragement he derived from the literary group known as the Inklings. This book brings together the largest collection of original Tolkien material ever assembled in a single volume. Drawing on the archives of the Tolkien collections at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, and Marquette University, Milwaukee, as well as private collections, this exquisitely produced catalogue draws together the worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien - scholarly, literary, creative and domestic - offering a rich and detailed understanding and appreciation of this extraordinary author.

It's Different Every Day Page-A-Day Calendar 2020 (Calendar): Brooke Barker, Boaz Frankel It's Different Every Day Page-A-Day Calendar 2020 (Calendar)
Brooke Barker, Boaz Frankel 1
R280 R189 Discovery Miles 1 890 Save R91 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A calendar that's completely different every day--and contagiously fun! In life, no two days are precisely the same--precisely the joy of this sweetly irreverent calendar from Brooke Barker and Boaz Frankel. Page after page, it keeps you coming back for more surprises: a charming comic, a quirky joke, a fantastically terrible pun, a silly game for sharing with friends. On one day, dress a naked mole rat paper doll in cutout outfits (including a mini motorcycle jacket). On another, guess which fun fact about arctic foxes is true: My burrow can have 100 entrances or I collect gel pens (psst ... it's the former). And celebrate National Sandwich Month with sandwich-related tongue twisters. Every day will make you smile in its own completely original, entertaining way--perhaps with a quiz, game, soothing activity, festive comic, or more, plus hundreds of hand-drawn illustrations.

Bangkok, Anytime (Paperback): Dani Monfort Gil Bangkok, Anytime (Paperback)
Dani Monfort Gil
R358 R277 Discovery Miles 2 770 Save R81 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Bangkok, Anytime is a big celebration of the street iconography of the Thai capital through the eyes of Spanish artist Dani Monfort Gil, who has reinterpreted the glass paintings of the 20th century Spanish modernists to reflect the tiniest details of urban life in Bangkok. His cartoon-style paintings truly reveal the soul of a vibrant metropolis. In his paintings the artist invites viewers to create their own plots for these characters, to envisage a web of connectivity that will be unique to each viewer.

One Breath (Hardcover): Carol Ring One Breath (Hardcover)
Carol Ring
R354 R274 Discovery Miles 2 740 Save R80 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'One Breath' is a testimony of the experiences of a Western student of the ancient discipline of Shodo, a path of spiritual endeavour that originated in Taoism and flowered in Zen. It follows the writer's first four years of study with a Japanese master calligrapher, intertwining scenes from the lessons and daily practice with glimpses of her inner journey. The texts are paired with calligraphy and ink paintings done by her teacher, Kazuo Ishii, immersing the reader in an authentic experience of traditional Shodo.

Big Book of Contemporary Illustration (Paperback): Martin Dawber Big Book of Contemporary Illustration (Paperback)
Martin Dawber
R534 R389 Discovery Miles 3 890 Save R145 (27%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Following the hugely successful "Big Book of Fashion Illustration," this exciting new volume covers the broadest range of illustration available today. From digital drawing, pixilated pictures, and Photoshop fantasies to traditional sketching and painting, it's a showstopping display of style and technique from more than 160 international artists. With close to 1,000 images, the illustrations range over such categories as architecture, fashion, logos, manga, maps, nature, people, packaging, and pop culture. This is an essential anthology for artists, creative professionals, students, and anyone who appreciates the fine art of illustration.

Atlas Obscura Wall Calendar 2020 (Calendar): Atlas Obscura Atlas Obscura Wall Calendar 2020 (Calendar)
Atlas Obscura 1
R278 R187 Discovery Miles 1 870 Save R91 (33%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The world's most weird-but-true locations, captured in twelve brilliant travel posters. Experience a year of wonder in twelve travel posters featuring bizarre-but-real locations and surprising natural phenomena from around the globe, from Atlas Obscura, the brand synonymous with adventure. One month you're in Tashirojima, the Japanese island where cats outnumber people, another you're in Brazil's Amazon basin--in the world's longest river--where surfers face 12-foot walls of turbulent waves. Bursting with surprising facts and discoveries, and brought to life through luminous illustrations from Sam Chivers, it's a year of enchantment to feed the insatiable curiosity of any global citizen. A great gift for the curious explorer and armchair traveler.

Moomin and Snorkmaiden from Finn Family Moomintroll (Foiled Journal) (Notebook / blank book, New edition): Flame Tree Studio Moomin and Snorkmaiden from Finn Family Moomintroll (Foiled Journal) (Notebook / blank book, New edition)
Flame Tree Studio
R203 R159 Discovery Miles 1 590 Save R44 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Part of a series of exciting and luxurious Flame Tree Notebooks. Combining high-quality production with magnificent fine art, the covers are printed on foil in five colours, embossed, then foil stamped. And they're powerfully practical: a pocket at the back for receipts and scraps, two bookmarks and a solid magnetic side flap. These are perfect for personal use and make a dazzling gift. This example features Moomin and Snorkmaiden from Finn Family Moomintroll.

Classic Rupert advent calendar (with stickers) (Calendar): Classic Rupert advent calendar (with stickers) (Calendar)
R100 R77 Discovery Miles 770 Save R23 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Art of Fine Gifts: Enjoy the countdown to Christmas! Open a door every day in December and find a beautiful Christmas sticker! This advent calendar is a delight for adults and children with its sparkling glittered cover. Featuring the beloved classic character Rupert the Bear.

The Lost Words 20 Postcard Pack (Cards): Robert Macfarlane The Lost Words 20 Postcard Pack (Cards)
Robert Macfarlane; Illustrated by Jackie Morris
R303 R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Save R99 (33%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Winslow Homer and the Pictorial Press (Hardcover, 1st ed): David Tatham Winslow Homer and the Pictorial Press (Hardcover, 1st ed)
David Tatham
R794 Discovery Miles 7 940 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The only comprehensive volume of Homer's magazine illustrations, with extensive scholarly treatment. Winslow Homer (1836-1910), arguably the best-known American artist of the nineteenth century, created three distinctly different bodies of work in the course of his long career: paintings, book illustrations, and illustrations for the pictorial press, the magazine-like illustrated journals of his day. A number of books and exhibition catalogues have dealt with his career as a painter, and historian David Tatham treated all of Homer's work as an illustrator of literature in his Winslow Homer and the Illustrated Book. Now, ten years later, Tatham has completed a full, scholarly account of Homer's work for pictorial magazines such as Harper's Weekly, Appleton's Monthly, and Every Saturday. Homer's work for pictorial magazines is substantial, to say the least. It amounts to some 250 wood-engraved images published between 1857 and 1875. These wood engravings are collected assiduously and are exhibited frequently in museums. They differ from Homer's book illustrations in that they are independent from the texts; Homer chose and treated the great majority of his magazine subjects much as he did his paintings. They are, in essence, original works of graphic art. The illustrations reproduced here cover a remarkable range. They constitute the first substantial body of American art about the life of the city streets, the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, abolition, and the New Woman. They include compelling treatments of the Civil War, rural childhood, and wilderness. They also comprise an essential contribution to the study of one of the masters of American art.

Migrations - Open Hearts, Open Borders (Hardcover): Shaun Tan Migrations - Open Hearts, Open Borders (Hardcover)
Shaun Tan 1
R195 R155 Discovery Miles 1 550 Save R40 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

As the world refugee crisis intensified, back in 2017 two teachers of Illustration at Worcester University had the idea of contacting illustrator friends around the world, asking them to draw and send an original postcard on the theme of Migration, to form an installation at the Biennale of Illustration at Bratislava, Slovakia. The response astonished them, with hundreds of cards and personal messages, forming a visually stunning show. The installation has since been mounted in South Korea and will be displayed at further places around the world, including Amnesty International's London offices in the summer of 2019. Over fifty of the postcards, mailed from 32 countries, are reproduced in actual size in this very special book, to be published on 9 May 2019. All the works have been donated and the book's royalties will be shared between Amnesty International and IBBY (International Board on Books for Youth). Leading children's book illustrators from the UK, including Christopher Corr, Neal Layton, Jackie Morris, Jane Ray and Chris Riddell, have contributed cards, along with illustrators from Argentina to Russia, South Africa to Iran. Australian illustrator Shaun Tan has written the Introduction. Janetta Otter-Barry, publisher of Otter-Barry Books, says: "It's an honour to be chosen as publishers of this book. The fragility of a mailed postcard and of a migrating bird come together so aptly to capture the theme of human migration. It is quite literally formed of images and messages of hope, and I think that people will cherish it for that reason as well as for its brilliant variety and heartfelt approach." Migrations: Open Hearts, Open Borders is edited by the International Centre for the Picture Book in Society at the University of Worcester, and will be published on 9 May 2019 by Otter-Barry Books. Hardback GBP9.99

Moomin Wall Calendar 2020 (Art Calendar) (Calendar, New edition): Flame Tree Studio Moomin Wall Calendar 2020 (Art Calendar) (Calendar, New edition)
Flame Tree Studio 1
R196 R151 Discovery Miles 1 510 Save R45 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A true Scandinavian classic, the Moomins, created by Tove Jansson, have been captivating audiences with their adventures - in both book and television form - for decades. Featuring 12 touching illustrations of the muchloved characters of Moominvalley, this art calendar depicts all your favourite characters, from Moominmamma and Moominpappa to Little My and Snorkmaiden. Informative text accompanies each work and the datepad features previous and next month's views. Created by Flame Tree Studio - The Art of Fine Gifts.

Michael Foreman: A Life in Pictures (Hardcover): Michael Foreman Michael Foreman: A Life in Pictures (Hardcover)
Michael Foreman
R610 R421 Discovery Miles 4 210 Save R189 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"One of my earliest memories is lying on the floor in front of the kitchen fire, drawing..." Michael Foreman During the war, paper was in short supply but, the large biscuit tins delivered to his Mum's shop were lined with white paper. The tins were about twelve inches square, so unfolded, the paper would be four feet long. Perfect for drawings of marching soldiers and convoys of tanks, the village traffic of his childhood. This is a celebration of Michael's life as a master storyteller and illustrator told through his own autobiographical tales, diary extracts, original sketches and illustrations from his award-winning publications. Beginning with his childhood in wartime Suffolk and his early career as a young artist, and culminating with his collaborations with world-famous authors Terry Jones, Michael Morpurgo and Quentin 'BLOOMIN' Blake, this book showcases his 'greatest hits', and reveals the places, stories and people that inspired him along the way. Divided into three parts: Memories of Childhood (Looking through War Boy, After the War Was Over and War Game.) Far-Flung Places (Looking through Treasure Island, Wind in the Willows, Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz, World of Fairy Tales and Classic Fairy Tales.) Friends and Collaborators (Looking through Eric the Viking, Fairy Tales, Nicobobinus, Animal Tales, Fantastic Stories, Arthur, Robin Hood, Joan of Arc, Billy the Kid and Farm Boy.) 'I have been lucky with writers. None have been real trouble. Some I never met. Some I meet only after the book is finished, and some, the easiest to get along with, are the dead ones. Most become friends.' Michael Foreman

Life and Work of Clifford Webb (Paperback): Simon Brett Life and Work of Clifford Webb (Paperback)
Simon Brett
R706 R551 Discovery Miles 5 510 Save R155 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Clifford Webb (1894-1972) was one of Britain's foremost wood engravers and a successful illustrator of children's books, but today his work is often overlooked. Held in high esteem by his peers, he studied under Eric Gill and Walter Sickert, and later taught at St Martin's, but much of his work was either deliberately destroyed or otherwise failed to survive. Now, the renowned wood engraver Simon Brett has painstakingly assembled much of what remains of this extraordinary artist's output for this first book about Webb.

Counterweight: The Art and Concepts of Rick O'Brien (Hardcover): Rick O'Brien Counterweight: The Art and Concepts of Rick O'Brien (Hardcover)
Rick O'Brien
R661 R521 Discovery Miles 5 210 Save R140 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

"Counterweight" is a collection of images, observations, and concepts by artist/creator Rick O'Brien. For the last eight years, Rick has been a one-man art department in Hollywood, designing, constructing, and painting sets and props for such clients as Victoria's Secret, Luxor Las Vegas, Nikon, London IMAX, Konica, Tevo, Motorola, Honda, United States Postal Service, Proctor & Gamble, The Contender, and The Apprentice. Compiling stunning images from experiences, environments, and the emotions perceived on these diverse projects, as well as from his everyday life, Rick captures the human condition like no one else. Through traditional mediums ranging from egg tempera and oil to gouache, wood, ink, resin, and plaster, "Counterweight" beautifully scrutinizes Man and his journey, showcasing captivating images that unequivocally resound O'Brien's motto, "Fortitude."

I Know an Artist - The inspiring connections between the world's greatest artists (Hardcover): Susie Hodge I Know an Artist - The inspiring connections between the world's greatest artists (Hardcover)
Susie Hodge; Illustrated by Sarah Papworth 1
R497 R339 Discovery Miles 3 390 Save R158 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

I Know an Artist is a collection of 84 illustrated portraits that reveal the fascinating connections between the world's most famous artists. Whether through teaching, as in the case of Paul Klee and Anni Albers; a mutual muse, as seen in the flowers of Georgia O'Keeffe and Takashi Murakami; or an inspirational romantic coupling like that of Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock. In telling the stories of these creatives lives and achievements - each extraordinary and oftentimes ground-breaking - Susie Hodge exposes the fascinating web of connections that have fostered some of the world's art masterpieces. Some connections are well-known, whereas others span both time and place, linking pioneers in art in fascinating and unexpected ways. Illustrated in colourful tribute to each artists' unique style, I Know An Artist is an illuminating and celebratory account of some of the art world's most compelling visionaries.

Josephine Wall: Aquarius (Foiled Journal) (Notebook / blank book, New edition): Flame Tree Studio Josephine Wall: Aquarius (Foiled Journal) (Notebook / blank book, New edition)
Flame Tree Studio
R203 R159 Discovery Miles 1 590 Save R44 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Part of a series of exciting and luxurious Flame Tree Notebooks. Combining high-quality production with magnificent fine art, the covers are printed on foil in five colours, embossed, then foil stamped. And they're powerfully practical: a pocket at the back for receipts and scraps, two bookmarks and a solid magnetic side flap. These are perfect for personal use and make a dazzling gift. This example features Josephine Wall's Aquarius.

Posy Simmonds (Hardcover): Paul Gravett Posy Simmonds (Hardcover)
Paul Gravett
R480 R337 Discovery Miles 3 370 Save R143 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In the course of a career spanning more than fifty years, Posy Simmonds has become one of Britain's best-known satirical cartoonists. She is also as a much-loved author and artist of widely translated children's books and graphic novels. These include Fred, animated in 1996 into the Oscar-nominated short film Famous Fred, and Gemma Bovery and Tamara Drewe, both adapted into films, increasing her international fame. Simmonds once described her job on a census form as `a visual engineer'. Her extraordinary precision of drawing, her powers of observation and her sharp but welltempered wit have made her one the Britain's most sophisticated innovators, renowned especially for expanding the scope and subtlety of comics. This is the first book to explore Simmonds's life and work from her early childhood to the present day. In a series of interviews with Paul Gravett she offered insights into her creative process and provided unprecedented access to her `workroom' and archives containing sketchbooks and rare or never-before-seen artworks. A portrait emerges of Posy Simmonds as a chronicler and critic of contemporary British society and a storyteller in words and pictures of rare perception and humanity.

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