Book Illustrations

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A selection of pages from various books to which Rae has added his own images.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Carolyn Horn December 2, 2009 at 6:05 am

Oh wow! You know what, seeing these illustrations makes me really, really want to read those unwritten fairy tales!

Pauline December 2, 2009 at 7:26 am

So glad you enjoyed them and thank you for letting us know. That is exactly what the artist wanted – for viewers to use imagination to create a fairytale for each illustration, therefore completing each work. How about you writing one?

Jenny Melmoth December 4, 2009 at 3:48 am

No cosiness of fairy tale here. Being both modern yet medieval they are timeless. These illustrations would be worthy of Grimm or Hans Anderson. They are challenging and might need a Carole Ann Duffy to do them justice in the story telling !

Pauline December 4, 2009 at 9:05 am

Thank you for your observations and encouragement. Needless to say both Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson have been a great inspiration to Ronald Rae in his graphic work and he shares your admiration for Carole Ann Duffy too!

Ian Hughes Smith February 17, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Ian Hughes Smith. I find these illustrations, brlliant and evocative as they, gruesomely frightening. Somewhere buried among these images must be a beacon of hope but I lack the perception to find it. However, let’s hope it exists.

Pauline February 19, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Thank you Ian. These book illustrations are no more frightening that the cartoon drawings of the Brothers Grimm which were some of the first illustrations that Ronald Rae was influenced by as a child when he first started drawing.

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