|Pauline Baynes | Bilbo's Last Song (poster)|
|Pauline Baynes | Bilbos Last Poem (book)|
Pauline Baynes, is one of my favourite illustrators. Best known for several of Tolkiens books, notably Farmer Giles of Ham, Smith of Wooton Major and of course C.S. Lewis Narnia sequence. However, my favourite work of hers is The Puffin Book of Nursery Rhymes. where she goes full spectrum from graphic pseudo medieval to delicate folksy. But here we see her trees... The Last Song (poster) is an amazing piece of work, evoking the 'long straight road' between earth and faery - the journey to Neverland, a landscape and something far more allegorical. Each leaf it's own unique colour, and each tree alive with small woodland creatures. Baynes evokes an orderly, idealised nature, dancing on the edge of formalisation, but full of life and mystery.
|Rip Van Winkle | Arthur Rackham | via The Untended Garden|
|Ian Miller | THD via Scott MCD|