Monday, April 30, 2012

winnie the pooh illustration by EH Shepard
i love how simple yet poet and child-like these illustrations are. they're so simple yet capture such a simple innocence of childhood.

That Spiderwick Guy

Tony DeTerlizzi was the illustrator for the Spiderwick Chronicles and more. His ink drawings and watercolor pieces pay homage to a more classical style of working.

Try checking out his blog at some point. He updates regularly and talks about his work and his life, not to mention the industry.

Mary GranPre

She did the Harry Potter art for the US books. 

Pokemon - Yeah I Went There

Just about everyone was into Pokemon at some point in their childhood. One of the reasons it was so successful, were the Pokemon themselves. As characters, they're pretty strong because design-wise, they're basic shapes. Playing with shapes is a huge contribution to successful characterization. Heck yeah Pokemon were ridiculously easy to draw when you were 6, that's part of the appeal. 

Lisbeth Zwerger, cont.

I'm adding to what Erin said previously. Seriously go check out Lisbeth Zwerger, her stuff is awesome.

Book Covers - Percy Jackson

The illustrator for the cover art of the Percy Jackson series, John Rocco, puts the main character, Percy, in shadow on each book cover. I personally prefer this sort of cover treatment, as it allows a basic outline of the character's looks, but it's still up to the reader to interpret how they picture the character.

Brett Helquest - Yes he did A Series of Unfortunate Events

An excerpt from an interview with him:

After graduating from college I left for New York City. My first job was an internship with an illustrator named Robert Neubecker. I began showing my portfolio whenever I had the chance. Slowly, very slowly the jobs began to trickle in. My first jobs were from newspapers and magazines. I did this type of work for about seven years. During this time I also had a day job as a graphic designer. I eventually decided to pursue some work in children’s books. The first book I had the chance to illustrate was “the Bad Beginning” by Lemony Snicket.

It evolved naturally. I think the art that inspires me has an influence. Some examples are traditional Japanese and Chinese art, comic books, Great American illustrators like N.C. Wyeth and Howard Pyle. Other elements of style come as solutions to weaknesses. For example my use of line began when I had trouble controlling edges in my paintings. I also do most of my drawing from my imagination, I rarely use models, so I had to develop a way to draw that allowed me to do this.

David Roberts

A children's book illustrator who works in both color and black and white. His characters are rather quirky and fun.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

"All the World" by liz garton scanlon

"All the World" by liz garton scanlon
illustrated by marla frazee (caldecott honor metalist)

Interior from "All the World" by liz garton scanlon
illustrated by marla frazee (caldecott honor metalist)

Saul Bass

These are a couple pages out of Saul Bass's only kid's book, "Henri's Walk to Paris".  He worked in a very graphic style and used bright, popping colors throughout.

The Frog Who Wanted to See the Sea

Guy Billout's Cover for the Frog Who Wanted to See the Sea without text

Santa's Favorite Story

Interior from Ivan Gantschev's Santa's Favorite Story

The Pumpkinville Mystery

James Warhola's Pumpkinville illustration

Santa's Favorite Story

Ivan Gantschev's beautiful watercolor illustrations

Helen Oxenbury

Alice Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.

Swedish "Harry Potter"

These are the Swedish "Harry Potter" covers.  I think it's interesting to see which characters and creatures look like their American book/movie counterparts, and I really like these covers just on their own.  They're totally crazy and cluttered but they still work, and the colors are all really odd and eye-catching.

The Experiments of Doctor Vermin

Tim Egan's spread from "The Experiments of Doctor Vermin"

The Amazing Bone is a 1976 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and Outstanding Book of the Year, a 1977 Caldecott Honor Book, and a 1977 Boston Globe - Horn Book Awards Honor Book for Picture Books.

Clement Hurd

Clement Hurd is a well known illustrator who does great work with strong color palettes. 

Laura Huliska-Beith

Laura Huliska-Beith illustrates fun, colorful characters.

Emily Gravett

Emily Gravett's work has a really great quality to its linework. 

Katrina Germein

Katrina Germein is a children's book illustrator from Australia with a great watercolor style.

Charles Fuge

Charles Fuge is a writer and illustrator who does a lot of work about nature and animals.