An Interview with Raymond Lemstra

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The release of Big Mother # 4 is finally upon us and to celebrate we took the opportunity to touch base with famed Dutch illustrator Raymond Lemstra to probe him about his work, life, inspirations and projects.

NB: Hi Raymond!

RL: Hullo.

NB: So, Raymond, tell us a bit about younger Raymond?

RL: Well, I was born in Groningen, up in the north of the Netherlands. My childhood was filled with tree climbing, secret spy clubs, ninja training and drawing. Luckily, I grew up in a very green area, which allowed me to do most of this outside, in the most adventurous manner. I moved into a houseboat in the center of Groningen and attended art school. When I finished I moved to Amsterdam, where I still live and work today.
NB: So, did you realise from quite a young age that you wanted to become an artist?

RL: The concept of being an artist never really came to mind when I was younger, I just enjoyed drawing a lot. But I have always been sure I wanted to continue drawing in my life. I do remember that at one point I wanted to be a car designer. This was during my phase of drawing dinosaurs and fighter jets.

NB: How would you describe your work?

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Posted by angela on Apr 15th, 11:04am

Nobrow at LA Festival of Books

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Forming fans rejoiced at the LA Festival of Books on Saturday 12th of April to find the outrageously talented and wonderfully funny Mister Moynihan behind Nobrow’s stand with Tucker Stone. The last few copies of Forming (first edition) were available for the first lucky few to arrive, while those that just missed out still had the chance to get their hands on some of Nobrow’s latest releases. The hugely popular Forming trilogy, serialised weekly on Jesse’s blog, was originally published in a weighty hardback edition in 2011 and we’re super excited to be publishing the second part of the three-part epic  this year! Keep you’re eyes peeled for this one, guys and gals, it’s set to be a corker.

 

Posted by angela on Apr 13th, 05:34pm

Drawn into a Drawing Book Launch

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April is an exciting month for us here at Nobrow, not only do we get to indulge in our favourite of foods (yes, the all mighty Easter egg) but we’re releasing some very exciting titles, including the latest issue of Big Mother by Raymond Lemstra, The Wonderul Egg by revered American author Dahlov Ipcar and Drawn to Drawing, a monograph of the master draughtsman John Vernon Lord. To celebrate the release of Vernon Lord’s book we’ve organised for a launch to take place at none other than London’s Illustration Cupboard. We’d like to formally invite all lovers of art, revellers in beautiful books, and fans of illustration to come along to an exhibition of his original work, have some refreshments and meet Vernon Lord for a signed copy of the book. An afternoon of celebration this Saturday, 12th April between 2.30 – 4.30pm – adults, children, teens and all in-betweens welcome.

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Photography by Travis Hodges.

 

Posted by angela on Apr 8th, 11:12am

Festivals and Frolics

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We said that 2014 was set to be a superb year, and so far it has done nothing but exceed expectations. The last few months have seen us flying all over the world, bustling about the UK and buzzing through London to take part in some fantastic events with some of our favourite authors.  It’s been a whirlwind journey and we’ve been lucky enough to see and experience some truly special moments; kids dressed up as Hilda  for Luke Pearson‘s book launch at Gosh, a congregation of designers and illustrators from across the world giving talks at Dublin’s expertly curated Offset festival (talks by all our authors and co-founder Sam Arthur soon to go online, make sure you check it out), we’ve had an exhibition of original artwork by Thibaud Herem at RIBA, launched Big Mother 4 by Raymond Lemstra and Nobrow 9 Magazine at Facing Pages in the Netherlands, and, most importantly, published some beautiful new titles!

Phew!

But wait, isn’t there more to come?

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Posted by angela on Apr 4th, 01:37pm

Nobrow at Angoulême!

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It’s that time of year again! The bitter resolve to stave off the booze, quit smoking, take up a new sport or learn a new language has lasted a good four weeks, and now it’s time to shake off the guilt (we’re assuming you’ve been as unsuccessful as us), unite under the familiar canvas ceiling at Angoulême’s annual festival, and celebrate! We’ll be joining some of the biggest and most exciting publishers of the European comics scene to sell our wares and see what’s new. Joining us this year will be author of Map of Days and The New Ghost, Rob Hunter, for dedications and signings. If you’re at the festival this weekend, make sure you come to stand N19 in “Le Nouveau Monde” tent and say hi! Hope to see you there, y’all.

Posted by angela on Jan 30th, 12:46pm

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