Friday, November 14, 2014
Spoiler Alert- John Sill Painted Your Favorite Polar Animal
Husband wife team John and Cathryn Sill just stopped by our offices to share their latest work, inspired by their recent trip to Alaska, though you'll find Antarctic as well as Arctic here. Maybe you envision stark white landscapes, sometimes dotted with black and white penguins and whales, but John painted with all of the colors in his palette.
I don't want to spoil the page turns of Fall 2015, but here are some snapshots of the lovingly rendered animals you've come to expect in the About Series. They are neither stiff scientific illustrations nor the awkwardly anthropomorphic, but that successful place in between where anatomically correct animals still have soul and life. John paints them perfectly into their polar environments, and that's what is so dazzling about this title. Maybe it's because John shared his watercolor technique, but maybe it's because you didn't expect the sweeping landscapes of the polar extremes to be so colorful.
Top row: bikini ready Southern Elephant Seal, a southern region sky, baby Chinstrap Penguins (aww!)
Bottom row: Art Director Loraine Joyner likes the aurora australis, the whole book at once