Of course April 25 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli and the start of the ANZAC legend. There have been many new books to mark the occasion. Which is good but at times it seems that there are too many to keep up with.
ANZAC Illustrated included many of my favourite illustrators work.
This exhibition celebrates quite unique approaches to creating illustrated books for children on these themes. Tales are told from many perspectives by well-known voices. Illustration mediums and styles are varied and inspiring. There are all sorts of books including picture books for young and old, a graphic novel and illustrated fiction.
Several illustrators were featured. Greg Holfeld's amazing work on An Anzac Tale (see my review) was featured as the artwork for the exhibition posters. It is particularly striking. And there was a large digital print of the cover artwork as you walked in.
I really love his use of kangaroos as soldiers. It's so visually strong. This interesting choice was explained in the exhibition.
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I always love seeing glimpses of work in progress. It's so fascinating for a non-artist who has no idea of the process.
There was a large display about several of Mark Wilson's books. I've read a few of his books, and really love his work.
There were fascinating displays of the research he does for his illustrations.
|I just had to search out Digger|
(see my review)
Mark Wilson illustrated Jackie French's A Day to Remember (see my review). It was great to see how he did the cover artwork.
There was only one work from Shaun Tan, an image from his extraordinary book Memorial, which I should probably reread.