Erni Cabat’s Magical World of Monsters

18 Aug

Erni Cabat's Magical World of Monsters Book Cover (1992)

I stumbled upon this book at a used book store in southwestern NY that was liquidating and purchased it solely due to the uniquness and beauty of the illustrations. All illustrations in the book were painted by  Erni Cabat, and exibit striking and ornate details.

Through his paintings, Cabat is able to bring the mythical creatures featured throughout the book to life. Though there are verbal descriptions and explanations of the creatures and this is not soley a picture book it definately could be. The illustrations, by far, outshine the writing and serve as the primary content in this work. This piece serves as an example that images do not always need to be supplementary or seconday in an informative piece. If the images or illustrations are well thought out, appropriately used, and sufficiently captivating they can serve as the backbone of a composition rather than an complement.

Erni Cabat's Magical World of Monsters, Left Title Page

Erni Cabat's Magical World of Monsters, Right Page

Erni Cabat's Magical World of Monsters; Dragon Illustration

 

Erni Cabat's Magical World of Monsters; Griffin Illustration

 

Erni Cabat's Magical World of Monsters; Basilisk Illustration

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