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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Illustrated to better than pictured

Famous French Cookery by Hyla Nelson O'Connor, 1969.
Take that minimalism!
Happy as I am to share these vintage illustrations with you, Eeyore will be even more ecstatic. I called him in a complete meltdown because I couldn't take decent pictures of the book and didn't want to damage it by cramming it into my scanner. So Eeyore came to my rescue....six months ago. He spent a whole Saturday taking pictures of the book for me, trying to cram camera know-how into my head while creating a photo shoot for me. He brought a tripod and everything.
Famous French Cookery by Hyla Nelson O'Connor, 1969.
Famous French Cookery by Hyla Nelson O'Connor, 1969.
I just love how the fish are diving into the wine.
Ever since then he has been reading the blog waiting for his photos to pop up. He's far too polite to say anything but when he visited last week and saw the book on my desk I saw his eyes widen ever so slightly. So shout out to Eeyore, my long suffering faux husband #3, who makes my photos happen (and has his own website with pictures of Roman ruins in Italy.) You're the best!
Famous French Cookery by Hyla Nelson O'Connor, 1969.
I was inspired by my blogging class to collage these bad boys. Which is why the blog is half a day late. See it turns out making digital collages takes forever. Or I'm doing it wrong.
Famous French Cookery by Hyla Nelson O'Connor, 1969.
Now aren't these illustrations so much more appetizing are than the photographs?

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8 comments:

  1. Cryptic men friend names almost as interesting as these beautiful illustrations. I am hoping you retained some photography knowledge to share future finds. I get the not wanting to break the old book on scanner. I have a decorating book on a shelf above me I'm inspired to crack open.
    Love,
    Shalagh

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    1. I like to give people names that are associated with them - in his case, he's curmudgeonly but lovable. Sometimes I'm extra positive just to annoy him. Tips he gave me: natural light but not directly on the book. Neutral background- in this case a light blue crib sheet (he said white heightens contrast too much). Also, I used automatic white balance and turned up the contrast and brightness using Gimp software (freeware software similiar to Photoshop).

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  2. These are so cool! Way better than the photographs. Why didn't they just stick with this? This style of illustration is some of my favorite!

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    1. Yeah, this is now on my list of favorite illustration styles. I love how the artist played with perspective and color and just piled everything willy-nilly (people still say that, right?). There's something so endearing about it.

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  3. Hey look at me actually commenting like a real reader/fellow blogger! I shall try to be better in the future.

    On to important things - those illustrations are bananas nice. Drawing a jello mold would be my dream job.

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    1. Which gives me a genius idea: jello mold in the shape of people's faces! I would totally buy one for my toddler and use it for every birthday until she was left home....which would probably be at ten 'cause she couldn't take one more year of face jello cake.

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  4. Those illustrations are fantastic - right up my strassa! :) Gabsx

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    1. Glad you like them! Hope to more vintage books in the future.

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