Monday, August 30, 2010

Gojin Ishihara Book Art

Gojin Ishihara is a Japanese artist who specialised in macabre, scary and downright disturbed imagery for mainly childrens books in Japan during the 70's and 80's. If I was a child seeing this, I think that this artist would have given me nightmares for years to come! His illustrations are both grotesque & fascinating and had me actually thinking of trying to buy some of the publications he has worked on...

Kappa (river imp), Illustrated Book of Japanese Monsters, 1972

Jorōgumo (lit. "whore spider"), Illustrated Book of Japanese Monsters, 1972

Tenjō-sagari (ceiling dweller), Illustrated Book of Japanese Monsters, 1972

Burning Hell (Illustrated Book of Hell, 1975)

Demons of the Orient (The Complete Book of Demons, 1974)

Kaiketsu Lion-Maru (sonosheet book, 1972)

Kaiketsu Lion-Maru (sonosheet book, 1972)

The secretary who spied for 18 years (from Spy Wars)

Check out Pinktentacle's post to see even more pages from his various publications...[VIA]

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