Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Little Red Computer Signed by Ralph Steadman

In 1969, the typical computer was a large, bulky mainframe that was still a long way from becoming the compact machine we now live with. In his first book, The Little Red Computer,  Ralph Steadman imagines a student computer small in size but rich in emotion. Thirty-five years later, when computers had long since shrunk to the dimensions imagined by Mr. Steadman in his early children's book, he made a drawing of his title character on the front endpaper of a slipcased copy. Both the drawing of the computer and the inscription are in two colors, red and black. How do you make a drawing in black ink over red ink without having it smear? Apparently, you don't.

Inscribed "From Ralph Steadman/Woody Creek/Aspen/Oct. 7th 2004."


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Note:  "A Retrospective:  Ralph Steadman" is on view in  New York at the Society of Illustrators. What are you waiting for?

Do you know what I'd like to see here on this blog? No surprise there. I'd like to see different examples of books with original sketches by Ralph Steadman. So, what do you say?

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