My Favorite Illustrators

I always go blank when asked to name my favorite illustrators. The list is too long, but I decided to make a start. Ever notice how illustrators resemble their artistic style? Like dog owners and their dogs.

This list is just a start. I am not even half done. Asterisks indicate my favorites among the favorites.

Alice and Martin Provensen - Brain Pickings

Barbara CooneyHornbook bio 

Beatrix Potter - Society

Catarina Kruusval - Kirkus list

Chris Raschka - Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

* David Small - Website

* Errol Le Cain - Legacy

Etienne Delessert - Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

Eva Montanari - Website

* Ezra Jack Keats - Keats Foundation

Garth Williams - Wikipedia

Jill McElmurry - Website

John Burningham - British Council of Literature

Julia Sarcone-Roach - Website

Kadir Nelson - Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

* Komako Sakai - Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

Liniers - Big Wet Balloon

* Ludwig Bemelmans - Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

Maira Kalman - Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

Mark Simont - Children's Literature Network

Margaret Bloy Graham - Children's Literature Network

Marla Frazee - Website

Mrs. Biddlebox is GENIUS. 

* Maurice Sendak - Collection 

I visited the Jewish Museum to see an exhibit of Sendak's work. So much of the artwork was flawless, but a rough sketch brought me to tears. I nearly snatched it off the wall and made a run for it. I should have.

Mo Willems - Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

Willems put glasses on an elephant. Perfect. 

Paul O. Zelinsky - Website

Quentin Blake - Website

Sergio Ruzzier - Website

* Shel Silverstein - Website

* Stian Hole - Kirkus 

William Steig - Wikipedia

Joseph Conrad on the Artist

"But the artist appeals to that part of our being which is not dependent on wisdom; to that in us which is a gift and not an acquisition — and, therefore, more permanently enduring. He speaks to our capacity for delight and wonder, to the sense of mystery surrounding our lives; to our sense of pity, and beauty, and pain; to the latent feeling of fellowship with all creation — and to the subtle but invincible conviction of solidarity that knits together the loneliness of innumerable hearts, to the solidarity in dreams, in joy, in sorrow, in aspirations, in illusions, in hope, in fear, which binds men to each other, which binds together all humanity — the dead to the living and the living to the unborn."