The Iron Man, Laura Carlin

October 31, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

We were at the V&A this weekend as there were several things on that we felt were worth a look…

Firstly (only as it’s the quickest to write up) is this years winner of the V&A Book Illustration Awards which quite rightly in my opinion went to Laura Carlin for her very fine illustrations of Ted Hughes’s Classic 1968 story The Iron Man. It’s a book I know very well as I was given it as a child and more recently bought Tom Gauld’s excellently illustrated version.

Laura Carlin described being asked to illustrate the book as a dream commission and to my eyes she obviously rose to the task. I think her wonderfully evocative watercolour drawings with their 1950’s/ 60’s styling work very well with the mood of the story.

See what you think…

  1. October 31, 2011 at 14:22

    Great images – I think I’ll have to read the book now.

    • October 31, 2011 at 14:38

      Howdy Arch,
      You should read it. It’s a strange thing in places, with space dragons and unexplained stuff.. but it’s worth it (its only about 50 pages long as well)
      Joe x

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