Graeme Base – Author, Artist, Musician
May 03, 2012
I was first introduced to the magnificent artwork of Graeme Base years ago when I brought his book, The Eleventh Hour: A Curious Mystery, home to share with my children. In fact, I was so enthralled with the book, I purchased it. The artwork alone is enough to keep me interested, but his storyline is fascinating too. I love mysteries, and trying to solve this one is just plain fun.
The alliterative text in Animalia, along with the detailed pictures, makes this book a favorite. It took him over three years to complete the illustrations. An interesting side note is that he included a self-portrait of when he was young in each picture.
Using animals from ten different countries, The Water Hole incorporates puzzles, counting, the story, and the artwork. Examining the pages closely shows even more animals of the world hidden in the border and in the landscape.
Base says his illustrations are influenced by his childhood. It would have been fun to be one of his childhood friends!
Before becoming a famous author/artist, Graeme Base was the keyboard player for the band Riki-Tiki-Tavi, where he met his wife. He has also co-authored a contemporary opera, Tutankhamun, with Craig Christie.
If you’re up for a challenge, pick up one of his books, settle in, and see what you can find.
Lone Jack Branch