There are some fabulous children's books out there, but without the illustrations, they probably would not be half as popular. There are also illustrators for adult and non-fiction books too. Do you have a favourite illustrator, and what makes them so special? Do you think you would enjoy the books as much without their drawings?
I like the watercolour paintings by Beatrix Potter. She manages to create characters that are the perfect mix between looking like real animals and being anthropomorphised. I also love John Teniel's drawings of Alice in Wonderland, and won't settle for any other depiction.
Clare Beaton is a wonderful illustrator who uses craft materials like felt, sequins and buttons to illustrate her books and other authors' books. The illustrations are photographed, you can't actually feel the materials, but she is so clever in the way she does it and the pictures are just beautiful. Check out 'Secret Seahorse' and 'There's a Cow in the Cabbage Patch', to name just a couple. I also love Lynley Dodd, who writes and illustrates the "Hairy Maclary" books.
I am and always will be a sucker for Quentin Blake's illustrations. So simple, yet they capture the childhood imagination perfectly. And his style is so distinctive as well, it sends me straight back to childhood whenever I see one of his pictures.
I love to look at Graeme Base's illustrations. He created Animalia (among other popular books) and the animals he draws are just brilliant! Robert Inkpen is also a spectacular artist (he has done a whole range of hardcover classics), and for cute illustrations, you can't go past Anna Walker and Jedda Robaard...
Shaun Tan, born in Fremantle, Western Australia, is a remarkable artistic talent. His whimsical and fantastical graphite drawings inspire thought and reflection. You can see the feeling and care that has gone into every pencil mark. A wonderful antidote to today's over processed, impersonal computer generated work. Luckily Tan has illustrated many books, so everyone can enjoy his gloriously extensive folio of work.
Patrica Mullins she is one of my favourite illustrator She uses Cllage Mixwd Media her technique is playful and intercate. Shoes from Grandpa is one example .Another one is Eric Caryle his been around much longer his best known illustation is from the book The Hungry Caterpillar .They both are figurative and semi abstract techniques are really delightful /Lee Hirsh
I like Brownie Downing an Australian artist check out her illustrations in Tinka and Friends ,also, A tale of mischief ,and Tinka and the Bunyip, I think she also did some illustrations for a version of Mother Goose but I can not remenber the author of that