Sunday, 14 November 2010

Patrick Benson

Patrick Benson illustrated The Minpins by Roald Dahl. A short story for children, The Minpins is about a boy named Little Billy and his exploration of The Forest of Sin.

Benson studied classical drawing in Florence before becoming an illustrator, which seems evident in his drawings. The people he draws are proportionally correct and the landscapes are accurately detailed.

I like the detail of the shading in his drawings; short ink lines and scratches provide lively movement to the images which are illuminated by sunshine-dappled leaves and rays of light between the trees; created with effective paint washes.

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