Friday, September 25, 2015

Wilhelm M. Busch 1959

To start off, let me inform you that my book on Disney's Nine Old Men has been published. If you order it from Amazon, it's not a pre-order anymore (even if it says so). Also, Amazon just added their "Look Inside" option, which allows you to check out quite a few pages. I am so thrilled about the book's layout.

Moving on...German illustrator Busch published Honore de Balzac's novel La Belle Imperia in 1959.
His drawings are quite a bit looser here than what you might expect from this modern master of book illustration. And there are plenty of ink drawings in this volume, which tells me that Busch truly enjoyed the subject matter. Look at the cinematic staging and the way characters relate to each other.
Makes me want to DRAW! Damned brilliant stuff!!


  1. What fabulous drawing. Unfortunately I can't imagine many publishers today willing to, or having the courage to print such loose and lively work. I fear they would feel that the spontaneous nature of the drawings would be seen as unfinished or "trying to get away with something". Thank goodness this German publisher saw the value in these drawings. Thanks Andreas.

  2. Do you have a recommendation for a good book to look at Busch art? Also, I'm very excited to read your book once I get it! Congratulations on the release!

  3. How he captures so much movement and personality in such simple ink drawings... it's astounding. Just look at those poses! Definitely makes me want to pull out my sketch book.

  4. Did you know the animated films of russian Perch Sarkisyan? All of it are amazing, but this one in particular reminds me W. Busch´s art: