Lois Lenski

Here are a few great examples of books illustrated (many also written) by Lois Lenski (1893 โ€“ 1974)

The Little Family by Lois Lenski 1932 via eBay

Betsy-Tacy, by Maud Hart Lovelace, illustrated by Lois Lenski via

The Little Auto by Lois Lenski via Brickbatbooks.com

The Little Airplane by Lois Lenski. New York: Oxford University Press, (1938)

via Harropian Books

High-rise secret 1966 via Amazon.com

Art Seiden (1923-2004)

Here's another wonderful illustrator from the mid-20th century. Brooklyn born, Seiden was best known for the pictures he created for children's books, particularly Little Golden Books.

Berlitz - French Zoo Animals for Children written by Robert Strumpen-Darrie & Charles and Valerie Berlitz, illustrated by Art Seiden (1963). via

Berlitz - French Zoo Animals for Children written by Robert Strumpen-Darrie & Charles and Valerie Berlitz, illustrated by Art Seiden (1963) via

Wonder Books Illustrations by Art Seiden 1952 this printing 1974 via

The Animal's Playground written by Virginia Stone Marshall, illustrated by Art Seiden (1964). via

Space, Time and Rockets by Rehta Randolph, edited by Catherine Barry (Assistant Curator, Hayden Planetarium). Cover art by Art Seiden. Inside art by Jacque Stain 1952 via

Illustrated by Art Seiden Written by Gene Darby Copyright 1963 via

This week on my drawing board

This week in MATS class, we're doing children's picture books. The assignment was illustrating the cover or a spread of Aesop's "The Tortoise and the Hare" fable. I saw the tortoise as being a very organized and positive fellow, who would plan out his journey to the "T". I love painting rain scenes, so I threw that in because I wanted to make my painting feel really atmospheric.

Here's the final cover

I began in my sketchbook, and it gave me some ideas for how I might approach a spread. In the end, I decided to do the cover for now, because it's something I want to work on and add to my portfolio.

Edward Ardizzone (1900-1979)

"It might be truly said that the born illustrator is not very interested in life as it is. He likes to create his own version of the world around him. Actuality is not pointed enough for him." Edward Ardizzone in a talk "The Born Illustrator" delivered to the Double Crown Club at one of their dinners in 1957. (Read the complete text here). Ardizzone, who illustrated and wrote so many wonderful books, was considered by many to be the father of the modern children's picture book. Here are some of my favorites of his work.

The Witch Family written by Eleanor Estes 1960

The Otterbury Incident 1963 reprint via

The Strand Magazine - October 1947 - cover by Edward Ardizzone. Via flickr

The Little Grey Men by "BB" (Denys Watkins-Pitchford). First published by Eyre & Spottiswood, 1942. Puffin edition 1962, this reprint 1975 (ii). Cover illustration by Edward Ardizzone. via

The Long Sunday by Peter Fletcher

Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain by Edward Ardizzone, copyright 1936, first in a series of 'Little Tim' books. This is the 1968 edition by Scholastic Book Services. via theartofchildrenspicturebooks.blogspot.com