Images conjured by Boris Zabirohin for Alexander Nikolayevich Afanasyev’s Russian Tales. These are so compelling that I could stare at them for hours. When I posted this yesterday I hadn’t been able to trace the book, but I’ve since found that copies can be acquired HERE.
I find the right-to-left bias of the illustrations interesting. As all of the compositions ‘face’ to the left I’ve been pondering on whether this is just the way the artist works, or the images favour R-L because they’re arranged throughout the book on the right hand side of the page-spreads facing the opposite texts. I wonder too whether I find these images to be so absorbing because of my own recent compulsion to be working in BLACK AND WHITE. However THIS long-ago drawing made when I thought that I might be an illustrator, is the closest I’ve come to Zabirohin’s dense pen and ink rendering.