Drawings can take diverse forms and express many kind of ideas. One Illustrated handbook showing animals using photographs and hand- drawn pictures can be described as a zoological museum, ready to be taken home.
Drawings can take diverse forms. When an illustrated handbook of animals expresses the beauty of those animals' lives and the beauty of natural science through photographs and hand-drawn pictures, it's truly a treasure worth collecting. Books like these are zoological museums, ready to be taken home.
Drawings can express ideas. Andrew Rae is well known for the sense of humour and fantasies in his works. His most well-known protagonist is a boy with a moon for a head. This summer, his stories speak of life at school for senior high school students under the cover of Rae's whimsical fantasies and light-hearted, humorous tone.
When a graphic novel is themed on archaeology about the “creation of the universe” and “the time of gods and kings” in ancient Egypt, it can help readers learn about mythologies 5,000 years ago and explore the source of Egypt's brilliant civilisation.
In his book, Hans Bacher, a key figure laying the foundation for the contemporary art style in Disney's cartoon films, the reader is treated to master's classes on visual design. More than 400 original manuscripts selected from The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Mulan and Aladdin disclose techniques unique to Disney.
Encyclopedia of Animals
The Encyclopedia of Animals integrates information about animal classification and behaviours, ecology, conservation biology and evolutionary biology. It is interesting and draws in its readers.
The book covers animals in just about every aspect: illustrated classifications, pictures in the wild, maps of fauna distribution, present living conditions, information about skeletons and structures, data on the types of body figure and sizes…the book is an encapsulated museum of animals in its own right, and can be used as a reference book in the study of zoology.
Karen Mcghee, author of the book, is a senior popular science writer and science reporter. Her rich biological knowledge and over 20 years of experience in writing about nature, in addition to a fondness for field investigation, has given Mcgee wealth of first-hand material. Her research covers a wide range of subjects, from the behavioural habits of great white sharks to measures for protecting rare birds.
Co-author George Mckay is also a world-renowned expert on Australian animals. Having developed a special interest in researching birds and mammals, he has made a survey of biological distribution areas all over the world out of his concern about animals and the environment. His research covers a wide range of subjects, from the living environment and behavioural habits of Asian elephants to Australian marsupials.
More than 1,500 pictures recording animals living all over the world have been collected in the book, making it possible for readers to get an up-close look at a wide array of fantastic animals. Zoological details are clearly displayed and annotated with Latin and Chinese terminology, facilitating readers' study and observation. Images of the inner structures of these creatures facilitate further understanding of their makeup and evolution. Set against an array of engaging information, photographs taken in the wild vividly display behaviours, while distribution maps make it an easy understand where different kinds of animals live. Information about their present living conditions tells readers which species are disappearing or on the verge of extinction and the role humans are playing behind these occurrences.
Mythologies in Comic Strips: Isis and Osiris, Children of Disorder
The story of Isis and Osiris, Children of Disorder unfolds from Ra, god of the sun, to Horus, the last god of kings. From the easy-to-understand and succinct language used in the book, one can tell the author has carefully generalised the story to make
it more accessible to a wider audience. The motives behind the many mythologies involving humans and symbols unique to Egypt still have the power to instantly ignite the curiosity and imagination of readers. Driven by imagination and the urge to know more, going through the pages of these captivating stories, one quickly becomes familiar with cultural knowledge. Background knowledge relevant to the stories is also introduced at the end of the book, coupled with a glossary for terms and a list of names. This meticulous preparation makes it easier for readers to learn more about ancient Egyptian culture.
Viviane Koenig, author of Isis and Osiris, was born in Paris in 1950. Koenig used to specialise in history and fine arts and worked as a teacher. She later went to Egypt, where she was engaged for a number of years in archaeology and charting. After returning to France, she began devoting herself to disseminating that specialised knowledge to her readers and especially younger audiences. She has written or drawn more than 10 works on Egypt. Isis and Osiris is characterised by its classic drawing style and refreshing sense of humour. Clémence Paldacci, the young illustrator who created the book's illustrations, has been making waves, and is particularly adept at drawing pictures themed on Asian history and mythologies.
Dream Worlds: Production Design for Animation
Hans Bacher, a master of cartoon art, was an art director in Disney's animated film department. His works include Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Lion King, Mulan and Lilo and Stitch. Bacher has been engaged in special effects with animation, advertisement illustration, CG design and live-action film. It is no overstatement to say that Bacher has reached perfection in the field of artistic design when it comes to colour and composition.
More than 400 rough sketches are collected in Dream Worlds: Production Design for Animation, including concept maps, background images, plans, storyboards, composition sketches, maps and other materials related to classic animated films like Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Mulan, Cinderella and Bambi. These sketches are exquisite works of art and provide readers with an accurate illustration of the design methods. Coupled with concise written explanations, these sketches allow one to quickly understand how lines, shapes, lighting, shading and colours create atmosphere and how background and character design serve story development. Bacher's approach detail's the “rules of the lens” and provides a communicative-style reading experience. Following the behind-the-scenes working methods and techniques of front-line art designers that worked on Disney's animated films is like having a dialogue with a mentor or a fellow illustrator and lets readers quickly absorb the creative experiences of these masters and improve their own approaches to design.
Available in a sewn hardcover edition and printed in full colour, Dream Worlds fully reflects the expressive power of the classics' original colours and how details were portrayed. It is definitely a good book to have on the shelf for an animator and is equally enlightening for those creating video games, films, illustrations or graphic novels.
Moonhead and the Music Machine
Suppose one lives a fantastic life with a moon for a head. This head comfortably can float out of the earth's atmosphere and probe into interplanetary space. Joey has a head like that. His school life is not very happy. He is ridiculed by his classmates for his pimply face, and moonhead is often kicked around like a football. However, things change completely after a talent show, where Joey changes audience members' opinions of him with his performance and his magical self-made instrument…
Andrew Rae, a British illustrator, graphic designer and art director, created an imaginative cartoon— Moonhead and the Music Machine, based on this story. As a medium, graphic novels make use of the huge narrative potential of visual art. Rae's visual story in particular exquisitely tugs at readers' heartstrings and describes how important music is for people who fret about the future. One can't help but get emotional when Joey says: “But maybe I'll start a band and go on a world tour.”
The author is a music lover himself, as one might expect. Out of his love for music, Rae pays tribute to the albums of stars such as Michael Jackson and David Bowie. This “private hobby” is displayed in the author's book naturally, without a hint of awkwardness. The Chinese version of the book was recently published by the Hunan Fine Arts Publishing House in August 2018, in time to be included on some summer vacation reading lists.