Think of all the children’s books, story books, periodicals, scientific and historical books you have read, scanned and taken glimpses at through your life!
I remember being captivated by lots of artwork, sketches and illustrations as a kid, to which i admit as a child some books i purely wanted for the pictures, some books i bought just for the covers, Conan the Barbarian, Edgar Rice Burroughs etc. I am sure many of you were the same. Certain images just draw our attention, cause our eyes to travel and become inspired or entertained at intervals amidst chapters and paragraphs. Though when we think about it, can we remember the names of those artists and illustrators? Whose work we so fondly looked upon.
I would dare say that, “we can not!”
One such illustrator is Charlie Harper, a prolific artist if ever there was! Sadly he passed away mid 2007 and with him took a talent that span 65yrs, an illustration style that many have tried to emulate.
Luckily for those of us that are left behind, the busy and industrious life of one Todd Oldham, along side of Mr Harper has produced an incredible volume of Charlie’s work! Most definitely one of the most definitive publications to date! available here >>>>>> AMMO BOOKS
I must admit , i can not remember many illustrators names? I have my favourites that i do remember, Bernie Fuchs, Frank Frazetta, Norman Rockwell and the like, though the list is surely short! I recall seeing Charlie’s work , though never put a name to them? in a world that is fixated on doom , gloom and destruction, charlie’s work is a breath of fresh air, air that many people are breathing in again – the exceeding joy and inspiration derived from the tone, colour, line and shape of Mr Harper’s artistic perspective!
How much the richer are we and our children for the lives of such illustrators as he!
I may of not know of Charlie’s name before, but i certainly won’t forget it now, just as his fan base has grown exponentially and this book spawned a new generation of Charlie Harper admirers.
What could be better than the colour and line of Charlie’s animal kingdom!
Not much says I!