John Sibbick’s Flesh and Bone

In his first collaboration with London-based publishers Nobrow, illustrator John Sibbick deftly displays his skill at rendering a huge range of wild animals with a pen.

In his first collaboration with London-based publishers Nobrow, illustrator John Sibbick deftly displays his skill at rendering a huge range of wild animals with a pen.

Sibbick has been drawing animals for about 25 years and is probably best known for creating prehistoric landscapes abound with dinosaurs and other ancient beasts. He regularly produces a diverse range of meticulously researched creature illustrations for clients including National Geographic, Puffin Books, and London’s Natural History Museum. Here’s a look at his just-published Nobrow publication, Flesh and Bone: A Colouring Concertina…

Remove the belly band and Flesh and Bone can be leafed through like a book…

Or you can open it out to see all ten panels (a whopping 136 cm wide) at once. Flip it over to see that each side contains exactly the same panoramic view of a host of creatures – only on one side the animals are as we would expect them to look should we encounter them in the wild…

…and on the other, the animals are stripped of their environment, skin and flesh to just their skeletons:

“The concertina can be coloured in, left as is, read or folded out and displayed on your mantle peice,” say Nobrow, “It is a great gift for a kid as much as it is is for a student of nature, draghtsman in training, or any illustration afficionado.”

Flesh and Bone (£9) can be ordered from nobrow.net

See more of Sibbick’s work at johnsibbick.com

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