Anton Van Hertbruggen is a hugely talented illustrator from Belgium. Last year he released a stunning concertina book called Memories of a Suburban Utopia and the second I saw it I knew I had to own it. Depicting a surreal modern suburb, Anton’s book is unlike anything I’ve seen before and his images look even more fantastic when printed in this scrolling concertina format.
Filled with intricate details and peppered with bizarre happenings, his book presents an imagined world where dozens of stories seem to be happening all at once. Whether behind a hedge, a picket fence or a garden gate, Anton’s illustrations show something thrilling happening everywhere. Getting lost in this illustration is a wonderful thing to do and as it measures 260cm in length it means that you can do it for a really long time. Released through German publishes rotopolpress, I highly recommend you go check it out.
Since its release last year Anton seems to have been keeping himself super busy, creating work for Nobrow, The New York Times and Slanted Magazine. Perhaps his most impressive project since is the news of his very first children’s book Het Hondje Dat Nino Niet Had (The doggie Nino didn’t have). Written by Edward Van De Vendel, the book will be released in Belgium very soon with Danish and Chinese editions to follow after. English publishers, if you’re reading, please take note!
You can see more work from Anton (and watch his career go from strength-to-strength) by checking out his blog here.