Featured Illustration – ‘B is for Bravo’ by Kevin Burgemeestre

This week, we are featuring B is for Bravo by Kevin Burgemeestre from his historical aviation alphabet book of the same name.

'B is for Bravo' by Kevin Burgemeestre from his book by the same name (Lothian/Hachette).  Giclee print from the original mixed media/3D construction.  Print price $190

‘B is for Bravo’ by Kevin Burgemeestre from his book by the same name (Lothian/Hachette). Giclee print from the original mixed media/3D construction. Print price $190

Kevin Burgemeestre adds extra levels to the traditional alphabet book by not only using the phonetic alphabet used in radio communication, but also using each letter to explore a part of  aviation history.  Burgemeestre actually created full 3D dioramas which were then photographed to create each of the illustrations in this book.  Each aircraft was carved or shaped by hand and inserted into painted backgrounds; the string net enclosing the hot air balloon is particularly detailed.

This book might give your young person a tonne of ideas to create their own diorama, or it may spark an interest in the intriguing role Australia has played in the development of aviation, from the very first aerofoil known to man (a.k.a. a boomerang) to our national carrier, Qantas, also one of the first commercial airlines in the world.  At the very least, they are sure to use the the phonetic alphabet that slowly grows along the top border of each page as they progress throughout the book to spell their own names and anything else they may find around them!

Why not stop past the Front Office to enjoy B is for Bravo and all our other Books Illustrated prints for this semester?  And if you’d like to order a print for yourself or a loved one, please complete our order form and return it to the Front Office.

(If you missed our previous feature, check out We Walk When It’s Cloudy and Grey by Alison Lester)