“There is a little world at the end of my pencil,” Lobel once said. “I am the stage director, the costume designer, and the man who pulls the curtain.” – (Source: https://hyperallergic.com/108036/behind-the-scenes-with-a-beloved-childrens-book-illustrator/)
I had purchased the book ‘Frog and Toad All Year’ by author and Illustrator Arnold Lobel. I have read this book shown below and have studied Lobel’s story writing as well as the techniques of his image making. The images below highlight my pages of key interest.
About the story writing:
I love the contrast of the characters personalities being extrovert Frog and Introvert Toad this draws me to desiring to get to know how each take different approaches to their activities. I also like the playfulness on simple and renowned problems related to each chapter of season. For example winter brought danger and summer brought melting ice creams. This makes their experience a realistic and relatable interpretation of real life. Lobel dives deeper imaginatively into these simple situations and creates activities that these characters get up too in accordance to each situation. Lobel invites empathy to each of the characters through the kind and loyal friendship of these two loveable and clearly inseparable characters.
About the illustrations:
Like I had pointed out about the work of Edward Ardizzone, Lobel uses a similar approach of drawing out the main features of the work from the environment with the quality of line. A denser line is consistently used for the work on the characters that shows where Lobel has targeted the points with the most concentration into the work as he wishes for his audience to spend as much time as he did into admiring the life of the characters. These more solid, detailed and bold line maneuvers compare to the flexible and loose language of the dreamt world around them. Cross hatching is also used to hook out attention with texture as well as bright tones of colour that stand out from the muted natural settings.