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Editado: Nov 17, 2014, 1:21pm

I think my first awareness of this type of illustration was Arthur Rackham's Sleeping Beauty.

But my favorite contemporary artist has been Jan Pienkowski.

List of his papercut books

Can you point me to more illustrators and works?

Nov 19, 2014, 8:47am

Checking tags yesterday, I discovered The Foggy, Foggy Forest and got it from the library. The concept is an exceptionally good idea - to print black silhouettes on vellum and explore the forest by turning the pages, moving deeper into the forest. However, the artwork didn't live up to my admittedly high expectations.

Nov 24, 2014, 11:33am

I have Sunday Morning by Judith Viorst and illustrated by Hilary Knight. This appears to be the only book he illustrated as silhouettes.

Here are a few pages:

Nov 24, 2014, 12:48pm

Niroot Puttapipat illustrated Folio Society's Myths and Legends of Russia in silhouette--with just a dash of red here and there:

Googling on his name and "myths russia" brings up all the illustrations.

Nov 24, 2014, 1:01pm

>4 LolaWalser: Yes, YES, YES!

Nov 24, 2014, 1:07pm

Niroot Puttapipat

Looking on his blog, he is a great fan of Parrish blue, which automatically puts him in the top tier of my loves.

Editado: Nov 24, 2014, 1:12pm

Mother, Mother, I Feel Sick. Send for the Doctor, Quick Quick Quick! by Remy Charlip is a classic, designed to be a shadow play, actually. It's not in the same vein of beautiful fantastic illustrations, but it's very clever and fun and can be interactive. One of my favorite books when I was a little.

Nov 24, 2014, 1:25pm

Thanks. I'll look that up. It sounds delightful.

Speaking of shadow plays, I've got The adventures of Prince Achmed out for enjoyment. Lotte Reiniger used paper puppets to make stop action animated films. You can find parts of them online, I think.

Editado: Jan 29, 2015, 5:31pm

Should be a book, but googling the term The Fairy's Clock doesn't find it, but interestingly, an images seach comes up with many unrelated silhouettes.

hmmm. html image import seems to not be working today.

Ah! In folklore, the dandelion was known as the fairy’s clock because the number of seeds left on the stalk after blowing away the airborne seeds was said to predict the time of the fairies’ nightly meetings.

Jan 30, 2015, 8:30am

Carew Rice is pretty impressive but even his published works are rare and expensive.

Jan 30, 2015, 8:47am

Hmm. Researched Carew and tried to upload author and cover photos, but they're not working this morning.

I am enjoying google images.

Editado: Jan 30, 2015, 8:54am

Here's a nice inspirational collection:

How 'bout that Lotte Gützlaff !

Fev 15, 2015, 12:47pm

The Day the Babies Crawled Away by Peggy Rathmann

"Caldecott Medal winner Peggy Rathmann has created a highly original story told in a lilting text and a bold new style with classic black silhouettes against stunning skies of many colors that change and glow as afternoon turns into evening." From Amazon

Fev 15, 2015, 2:32pm

>13 nrmay: That is a lovely book, and one that my kids used to love to have read to them.

Fev 15, 2015, 6:45pm

>13 nrmay: Oh, I DO remember that one. Must take a second fond look. Thanks.