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Inspiring Artist of the day - Jiří Trnka

My favourite book as a child was - Han's Anderson's fairy tales illustrated by Jiří Trnka.

It was bought brand new for me in 1967 - please don't do the maths!

This was the book that made me long to illustrate children's books...

an unfulfilled ambition which – as I mentioned in my previous blog – I'm taking steps to rectify by taking a Children's book illustration course with Lilla Rogers and Zoe Tucker, at

But... I digress

...Jiří Trnka was a puppet maker, illustrator, and an animator and film director.

Click on the above image to see a documentary about

Jiří Trnka and how his created his magic!

I now realise that I loved his animation as a child too!

Why do I love this book?

I have kept it all this time

...because the images are so incredibly full of character, emotion and life!

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