Every once in a while you stumble upon a treasure at the bookstore that a zillion people have not already identified. This was my experience when I saw a small hardcover, perched up on a high shelf: Little Red Riding Hood illustrated by Daniel Egnéus. It was the kind of excitement that errupts in your chest as you turn the pages and every illustration is more compelling than the one before it. I just had to have it. As it turns out, the full-blast retail is only $14.99, and we all know, that's less than many magazines these days. The Amazon price is shockingly less, like $9, so if you really need an elegant gift, just do it. The "used" books are even Cheaper. By the way, when I say "Small" I mean 6 3/4" wide by 8 1/2 tall. Not THAT small.
Here's his bio (Below) from the website which is kinda crappy, given this guys superstar status/talent. Of course, he has American Reps. You have to find "Illustrators" then go to Daniel's name. Prepare to swoon. Their website is excellent, featuring LOTS of Killer Pen Slingers. I just wish that there was a little more back story on these people, don't YOU? Okay. Look at his bio. Self Taught?....I'll slap him, then hug him.
Lucid, dreamy and vibrant illustrations reflect the enticing inner world of highly regarded artist, Daniel Egnéus, With no formal trainning except life itself.
Born in 1972 in Sweden, Daniel spent 20 years in Prague, London, Berlin, Bologna and Rome, and has now made Milano his base. A prolific artist, he has had successful collaborations with clients such as Haagen-Dasz (Worldwide campaign 2008) BMW (awarded Best Art Directed campaign in Germany 2008) Pepsi Cola Espagna (limited edition cans and bottle design 2008) Playboy, O2 UK. Marie Clare, Time Magazine, Penguin Books, Phillip Morris, Drambuie Whiskey for which he gained an award in 2004 and Pori Jazz Festival for which he was awarded Best Illustrator in March 2005 by The Association of Illustrators in the UK.
In December of 2009 he was sponsored by Audi at Art Basel Miami where they presented an oversized book featuring his illustrations and he spent five days onsite doing live drawing.
He has published many books including The Hot Dog-Cook Book in France for which he won the Prix Gourmand 2008 for "Best Illustrated Cookbook in France" and he has illustrated several books of poems by Aleksander Puskjin. In 2004 the Italian publishing house Coniglio Editore published his first collection of autobiographical comics.
I think that the photo below is a shot of that "Oversize Book" they refer to. Whoa.:
Now the good news: Daniel has a Blog... go see. Oh, and if you happen to see one of those tee shirts that he did for H&M at a garage sale, will you grab it?...thanks.
Just delicious. Thank you for stopping by. Add this little gem to your collection, especially if you love good illustration.
Next up: a BIG dose of Roberto Toledo.
Edit: wanna see more of Daniels work and an awesome Blog entry by my fabulous friend Michelle Ward? go HERE. Swear to God, neither of us knew the other had the book, let alone were composing posts. Donncha just love synchronicity????