Controversial 1995 Turner Prizer winner Damien Hirst has turned to appealing to a whole new demographic: kids. His latest project is an ABC picture book containing his works (D is for that diamond skull; while L is for his 1994 work of a lamb soaked in a tank of formaldehyde). Does sound like an alphabet […]
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak must be one of the best known children’s books of all time. My mind’s eye readily conjures up images of my brother going wild when Mum read it, gnashing his teeth and teasing me with his terrible claws. I can only imagine what would have erupted if Mum had instead been reading, Where the Wild Bums Are by Claudia Rowe.
I was heavily influenced by Nate Williams. His style is so original, and children’s books are a great vehicle for his art. Williams, aka Alexander Blue, is an illustrator with a love for hand lettering, children’s illustration, and ‘Naïve art’. He is the creator of IllustrationMundo, letterPLAYGROUND, PROCONist, The creACTIVISTs, and he is currently writing and illustrating several funny picture books.
Finally, a children’s book about zombies that you can read to the little ones. Written by writer-filmmaker Dan Jacobs and his artist-educator wife Amelia, A Brain is for Eating comes with 40 pages of illustrations by Scott Brundage and instructs kids on how to stalk humans and eat their brains. Now parents who have been […]
What’s cooler than a pop-up storybook? A pop-up storybook that also comes with 3D glasses. Most storybooks bore me, so I took on the challenge of writing and designing one that could actually hold my attention. And this was the result. It’s a handmade book that you can really ‘get into’. Literally. The simple story of being lost […]
This recycled dress design takes the concept of a fairy tale princess storybook and makes it reality in a very unexpected way. These children’s storybooks were pieced together in order to form a dress worthy of Cinderella’s wedding day. Designed by Ryan Novelline, the clever gown consists entirely of iconic Golden Books.
When T.S. Eliot penned ‘April is the cruellest month’ in his poem The Waste Land, he might or might not have been prophetic about London-based Marna Gilligan’s kiddy picture book adaptation of the masterpiece dubbed The Waste Land For Babies. Gilligan first created the book complete with simplified lines and watercolor illustrations as a first-Christmas […]
My drawings are a reflection of my mind, inspired by the people, places and adventures I come across. I upload a new drawing to my website once a month. In addition to my personal portfolio, I also draw for children’s books, websites and most recently I did a mural, which I intend to do more of […]
Yuko Shimizu, who you know we simply adore like crazy by now, has updated her Behance portfolio to include images she says have an ongoing theme of slight twisted children’s books. We could just stare at these all day.
Mozneko is an illustrator from Sapporo-shi, in Japan. All of his works are pretty cute and seem to be inspired by innocent drawings of children. If I had a fairytale book to illustrate, I’d want him to do the job.
Humour illustrator Bob Staake has a nice little satirical project going on with Bad Little Children’s Book, where classic 1940s-1960s children’s books take on rather inappropriate titles like Let’s Hurry! Or We’ll Miss The Public Lynching!, Mommy Needs To Go To Detox and Let’s Eat Like A Carny. It makes for a rather pleasant and entertaining spin.
Just released, The Family Hour is written and illustrated by prolific Melbourne artist, Tai Snaith. Using beautiful watercolour, pencil and gouache illustrations, Snaith has created modern mixed families of native Australian animals and sprinkled the pages with hidden clocks for the kids and design icons for the grown ups. The Gouldian Finch family have Marimekko-esque cushions in their nest and the Kangaroo mother shops for familiar labels in the supermarket.
Jess Yeomans is an illustrator from Brooklyn who specializes in animals and children’s books. She has a way of drawing animals that capture their spirit and makes you wonder what they’re thinking.