Children’s Book Illustration

Children’s Book Illustration

With the onset of the Macmillan children’s book competition brief from uni set before me, I’ve started to compile examples of children’s book illustration that catch my eye. I’m not a great fan of children (they carry disease, they smell, they whinge/cry, what’s to like?), but after a long think about the brief and my various choices (including D&AD, Penguin and YCN), I decided to come out of my comfort zone and tackle the Macmillan briefing. I have difficulty relating to children and struggle to get down to their level mentally (I think this is due to being an only child whilst having no child-aged relatives and spending my life outside of school around adults), so this definitely poses a challenge for me. Infact, the only thing I think I have going for me is my love of colour and pattern. All other similarities end there.

In fact, just finding examples of illustrations for this post was extremely challenging, especially if looking at contemporary illustrators. I find myself drawn more to books from the 60’s and 70’s as well as some from the 50’s. The use of colour, shapes and the figure are just so much more appealing than their “modern” counterparts.


Miroslav Sasek
I’ve posted about this artist before, but he’s definitely worthy of a second visit.

David Klein
Another artist I’ve visited before, though this time in a different capacity. I’ve referenced his travel illustration in the past, but he also illustrated books (though I’ve included work beyond that here, that I feel would appeal to a younger audience on some level).