Continuing from my earlier post I have found this great book which charts the developments of children’s illustration. Dilys Evans founded the New York Original Art exhibition which featured the work of children’s illustrators from that past year. This box, in a similar light looks at 12 contemporary illustrators and explores their styles and interprets their work in an informed yet readable way.
If anyone has an interest in children’s books or is interested in becoming an illustrator; this is a great book to start with and it is fascinating to delve into the lives of the illustrator and see what inspires them.
I have some favourite illustrators of recent years in cluding Emily Gravett (The Rabbit Problem, Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears) and Oliver Jeffers (Lost and Found). You can find a great interview with Oliver Jeffers over at http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=1910 The interview is a great insight into Jeffers and his work and is done in a similar way to this book. Jeffers has a moustache to be marvelled at!