Legend style: children's educational illustration: African legend

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icon | cut-out | legend scraperboard



‘Legend’ is often used for African folk tales since it brings out the mythical quality of these ancient stories.


Legend belongs to the graphic family which also includes other geometric, hard-edged styles like icon,  scraperboard and cutout.

Legend has the same sort of outlines as Icon but they are almost always black. This stays true to the work of the Ndebele people which is what inspired this style. I often use Legend for fantasy stories and African folk tales in schoolbooks. Sometimes I emboss it like leather, as in some of the samples shown here. As you will see, this style conveys an African flavour without the viewer necessarily being aware of Ndebele art. It is one of the two styles unique to me (so far!), the other being Fotomelt. 

So – Scraperboard and Legend are good generally to convey an African flavour. One can add as much or as little detail as the story needs. Sometimes these two styles meld. Generally though, Scraperboard has more texture within the shapes themselves.

Clients represented here include: ECDworks, Cambridge University Press and Shuter & Shooter (Pty) Ltd.