Friday, August 24, 2012

Fairy Tale Friday - Snow White - The Brothers Grimm Illustrastions by Camille Rose Garcia

Snow White - The Brothers Grimm, illustration by Camille Rose Garcia
Published February 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers
Source: fairy tale book on clearance? You know I bought this one!

"Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the fairest one of all?"

You all know at least the story - wicked stepmother, beautiful girl seeking asylum with a group of dwarfs, wicked stepmother tries to kill girl, handsome prince saves girl. What sets this one apart are the illustrations by Camille Rose Garcia, he fantastic colors and the simply superb text. It is a visual masterpiece. The publishers have combined a variety of sizes, fonts and backgrounds so that even the pages without illustrations are beautiful.

Camille Rose Garcia
Garcia's characters are a little creepy, with their oversized, triangular heads and sharp features - it's one of her trademarks. I must admit that it was a little difficult to imagine the mirror finding either the wicked stepmother or this version of Snow White as the fairest of them all!

According to her website, Garcia's "cartoon characters in wasteland fairy tales are critical commentaries on the failures of capitalist utopias, blending nostalgic pop culture references with a satirical slant on modern society." She sites as her inspiration early works by Disney and Max Fleisher. Garcia has also illustrated Alice's Adventures In Wonderland for HarperCollins Publishers.
Camille Rose Garcia

9 comments:

  1. I have seen this book around, and looked at it, and I am partly interested, and partly scared by it. The drawings are very unusual though, and it's worth the price just to see what the artist does to the page. Very nice review, and interesting pictures today!

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  2. Fairy tales must give illustrators a lot of scope for being alternative with their own creative style. I like Anthony Browne who illustrates children's books. I have his surrealistic Alice's Adventures. Camille Rose Garcia's work is rather 'dark' and creepy, but then that's probably what she intends to convey.

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  3. I love those illustrations!

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  4. Since Grimms fairy tales actually are a little creepy, I love these!

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  5. I'd buy that book for the gorgeous illustrations alone!

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  6. I always enjoy fairy tales and this book looks really interesting.

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  7. I can really see the early influence of Disney in her drawings!

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  8. Fantastic illustrations, very good. I'm looking at her website now.

    http://www.ManOfLaBook.com

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  9. I want now! This looks fantastic. I just watched the Sigourney Weaver version of Snow White this weekend. Super creepy.

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