Friday, 14 June 2013

Sarah Young's Greek Myths

Sarah Young is the talented illustrator of Ann Turnbull's Greek Myths book. The artist normally works by hand, and this was here first project which she used a computer, but he work still has a hand finished feel in the colours and textures. 
"One word keeps coming to mind when looking at this book: lavish. Sixteen well-known stories are presented here, in a book positively overflowing with brightly coloured illustrations. Generous use of gold makes the book feel even more special, and the only danger, if you buy it for a child, is that you may not be able to bring yourself to give it away." 
- The Book Bag. 
"Ann Turnbull's re-tellings are as elegant as the book's classically influenced illustrations by Sarah Young... The production - from the cover dusted with shimmering gold to the white text on the back page when Orpheus enters the underworld - makes this volume a work of art." 
-Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times

About the book: Enter a world where anything is possible. A god might be a mountain or a shower of gold. A nymph may be a stream or an echo in the wind. The myths of ancient Greece are full of such wonders, as well as a host of courageous heroes, cunning heroines, and terrible monsters. Ann Turnbull’s compelling prose enlivens sixteen of the most celebrated myths, from the sadness of Persephone to the ill-fated love of Orpheus and Eurydice, from Pandora’s unlucky curiosity to the greed of King Midas to many more age-old tales filled with drama and romance. In vivid, expressive detail, Sarah Young’s fine-art illustrations bring this golden world to life, capturing creatures from Cerberus, the three headed dog, to the sinister snake-haired Medusa.

The book's printing is just as special as the illustrations themselves. These images here are only dummy text as I was unable to find better pictures than these which are from the artist's blog. If you can visit you local book store to have a look at the book, or you can get you copy here. I would suggest the hardcover book, always for something like this.

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