Knowing all about the special power of beautiful illustrations, Kam Mak, author and illustrator of My Chinatown, has chosen a book with especially captivating drawings. The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg is Kam’s pick for this week, and he hopes you’ll enjoy the chiaroscuro.
In my senior year of art school I discovered Chris Van Allsburg’s book The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. When I saw his drawings in this book I became a huge fan of his and this book became my all time favorite children’s book. The black and white illustrations were done with the utmost precision and sensitivity. His use of Chiaroscuro (the use of extreme dark and light) in the illustrations create a sense of mystery, magic and drama. I just love how his pictures alone can invite the viewers to exercise their imaginations.
Be sure to check out the last Photo of the Week with Paul Griffin. Happy Reading!