I am so sorry.
The pieces in the previous book art posts were largely unattainable. We were talking large-scale sculptures or art gallery pieces. These weren’t things you could throw your money at and have in your home.
These (mostly) are. I am so sorry.
Today we’re looking at artists who are creating book art directly on the page. And if that gets your heart racing about the *gasp* ruined books, think of these artists as working in a tradition started by book illuminators in the Middle Ages. That makes it okay right?
To tie directly into that, let’s start with the one piece of art that you’re not going to get your hands on, because there’s only one copy of it.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s Silmarillion illuminated, by Benjamin Harff
Asplund uses Medieval techniques to create art on classic books, science fiction novels, and fantasy novels, as well as original artwork for MAGIC: The Gathering cards.
Shall we dig a little deeper now into some more contemporary drawn book art? It was hard for reals to pick out only three images from Jo’s Etsy store, because I am in love with all of them.
I adore how dark and moody these pieces are. I’m already staking out a few for Christmas presents because they’re beautiful and super reasonable.
The color! The whimsy! The hippos in sunglasses! I’m also in love with everything at this Etsy store (really, this post is breaking my wallet). Heads up to get your orders in by December 1st to have it ready to ship before Christmas.
If you know about any more fantastic drawn book art, let me know about it in the comments!