Raymond Lemstra is one of those illustrators who can do no wrong in our eyes; his incredibly fine detail, careful layers of shading and seamless combination of totemic robots with folkloric imagery makes for one hell of a package. So obviously we’re enormous fans of his new book Big Mother, published by Nobrow.
The book is a glorious A3 size, allowing Raymond’s illustration all the room it needs to breathe, and it contains an eclectic collection of the characters Raymond is best known for. He explains: "In childhood, one encounters and experiences many things for the first time. I try to bring back the sense of wonder we remember from being a child, bridging the young and mature, by creating a contained fantasy world populated by my characters.
“With my work I like to refer to the illustrative nature of primitive drawings and sculptures. What I find interesting about these is the distortion as a result of selective emphasis; parts of interest are emphasised, unimportant parts reduced or left out… A clash of intent, simultaneously assuming simplicity and complexity, randomness and reason, flaws and perfection. The purpose of which is to inspire a sense of joy and discovery.”
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