Last week long time follower of the blog Duncan Gisby commented saying it was his birthday this week. We don’t normally do birthdays but I couldn’t resist showing off some of my favourite Ivor Wood illustrations, aptly themed too.
The illustration above is from Paddingtons Party Book, published way back in 1976. This, in my opinion, was during Ivor’s most prolific and greatest illustration period. He produced a huge number of illustrations during the 1970’s for mostly Paddington but also The Herbs and The Wombles. It’s here in the Party Book that I most love his artistic and care-free style. The poses that Ivor conjures up in each of the 30 pages perfectly and most importantly lovingly capture Paddington.
Ivor uses this particular style in this book and the accompanying Paddingtons Loose End Book, released around the same time. The style is more sketchy than some of his Paddington incarnations but to me it perfectly parallels that loveable, accident prone bear he so endearingly portrayed on screen. I encourage you all to hunt down a copy of this book, not just for the illustrations but also the practical tips of how to throw the perfect party!