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Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Jane Hissy at The Illustration Cupboard

To celebrate 25 years of 'Old Bear', The Illustration Cupboard are showing a collection of Jane Hissy, with many original drawings on display, her rough sketchbook work, and Old Bear himself!

A lovely exhibition space over 2 floors, the Illustration Cupboard have dedicated it to showcasing illustration in the heart of Piccadilly Circus, London. 
Having been a big fan of Jane Hissy and her Old Bear books (these were the first I read as a child, and was amazed at the pictures, I think this is the first time I looked at a book and thought about making pictures for them myself) I was very excited to go and see these childhood illustrations in the flesh. 

I wasn't disappointed. There were many of the large scale illustrations dotted around the lower ground floor  and they are beautiful. Created with pencils, the detail on them is amazing, with every stitch of knit drawn in, or crease or shadow.

You can also see some of the sketches and roughs created for the books as well as some of the toys themselves.
This video created for the event is brilliant as it shows Jane talking about how she creates her illustrations (she actually sets the toys up before drawing them!) and showing you the lovely toys!

As well as Jane Hissy and Old Bear, they also have a continuous display of illustration upstairs, with prints and originals ranging from Lauren Child to Shirley Hugues:

(another childhood favorite - Where the Wild Things Are)

Its a great space full of inspirational illustration on show, well worth a look if you are in the area. Jane Hissy is on display until the 30th September, and they have a great line up after with animation of Mr Benn (more childhood favs!) and childrens illustration from John Veron Lord's Alice Through The Looking Glass.
For more info you can see their website HERE.

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