Tuesday, September 05, 2006
A & M Provensen
There may be no illustrator couple more unique than Alice & Martin Provensen. From their early days as Disney and Walter Lantz studio animators, the Provensens went on to craft 51 books in a great variety of styles, many of them inspiringly experimental.
From a February 2006 article in The Boston Globe:
After they moved to a farm not far from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in 1951, they experimented stylistically while working at back-to-back drawing boards. (It was around here that they also dabbled in advertising, helping create Tony the Tiger for Kellogg's.) For 1962's ''Shakespeare: Ten Great Plays," they made beautiful mottled ink drawings by sketching atop wet paper. Another time, Alice said, ''We'd paint the whole background and run it under the faucet, and whatever stayed on was the background."
* These images plus several more can be found at full size in my A & M Provensen Flickr set.