Kiri Østergaard Leonard with Jeff Menges' fairy tale books.
I am a big fan of Amazon because of their ‘Used Books’ section. When browsing for older books you can often find many very inexpensively in the Used section. I have acquired many books both for school studies and personal interest for less than 5 $ a book this way.
Two of my recent acquisitions are the Dover publications featuring 80 plates with illustrations by Arthur Rackham and another by Edmund Dulac. Both artists are very well known for their fairy tale illustrations. Arthur Rackham’s artwork mainly features class European fairy tales, whereas many of Edmund Dulac’s illustrations are from The Arabian Nights (1001 Nights). The high quality of the illustrations in both books is so enjoyable and a huge inspiration to fairy tale fans such as myself. The books feature one page introduction, written by Jeff A. Menges, about each artist and then the rest is pure illustration goodness.
I definitely recommend these beautiful, beautiful books! Artistically there is so much to be had from these artists. Compared to the complexity of much digital art their method carry a simplicity that makes the images all the more admirable.
It’s an important lesson for any artist to realize that sometimes less is more.