One thing about the Top 50 Most Borrowed Illustrators list is I don't know of them all, even some near the top. I'd love to see more illustrators as household names. Thinking I might work my way through it, so we can discover artists together #LibraryTop50 #PicturesMeanBusiness https://twitter.com/PLR_UK/status/1298176277090914306
It's going to be an incredibly subjective tour, I might not pick out the books or characters they're most known for. But I'll try to find links so you can discover more about them. Perhaps even think about featuring these illustrators in school or library displays! #LibraryTop50
No.1 #LibraryTop50: Tony Ross is best known now for collaborations with David Walliams, but I think this is my favourite picture book he’s illustrated. I also have this extract from The Big Bad Bun pinned to my wall and it makes me laugh. He’s good at that https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Ross
No.2 #Library50: @NickSharratt1 is brilliant at clever concepts and book design, and is well-known for his clear-line style. Besides working with Jacqueline Wilson & Pippa Goodhart (You Choose books) he’s started writing longer books he illustrates himself http://nicksharratt.com
No.3 #LibraryTop50 Axel Scheffler: you’ll already know his Gruffalo books with Julia Donaldson; here are some others. His solid, warm characters really grab pre-literate readers, and a big part of Donaldson’s colossal success must be down to his pictures
No.4 #LibraryTop50 Georgie Ripper is the original illustrator for the stonkingly successful Rainbow Magic series of fairy books which have sold 20+million copies in 31 languages
No.5 #LibraryTop50 If you ask anyone on the street in the UK to name an illustrator, there’s a huge chance Quentin Blake will be the name they come up with. He hugely influenced a generation of illustrators and has worked with many different writers & solo https://www.quentinblake.com
No.6 #LibraryTop50: Jeff Kinney illustrates his Wimpy Kid books with relatable, easy-to-follow cartoons. They're deceptively simple and approachable, and inspire kids to have a go at drawing themselves.
No.7 #LibraryTop50: @LizPichon is the rock star of the UK children's book world, getting together her own band and touring in a bus themed on her smash-hit Tom Gates books. Shoe Wars is her new book and it's worth checking out her actual hand-drawn shoes! http://lizpichon.com
No.8 #LibraryTop50: Lucy Cousins is well known for her Maisy mouse. Her work has a bold, graphic style which keeps edges rough and maintains brushstroke textures. Her aesthetic is deliberately solid and flat; like Egyptian art, Maisy always faces sideways.
No.9 #LibraryTop50: @_JimField just launched his debut picture book that he's both written and illustrated, Monsieur Roscoe. His animation background makes him expert at characters and expressiveness and he's brilliant at giving digital art a unique warmth https://www.jimfield.me
No.10 #LibraryTop50: David McKee is a British icon with his Mr Benn, King Rollo and Elmer the Elephant. He's a master of colour, and playing with wonky perspectives to get exactly what he wants on the page, showing as much as possible in a single image
No.11 #LibraryTop50: @LydiaMonks makes bright pages relying on colour shapes rather than lines, which takes extra skill when she's picking her colours to make all the edges stand out! But watch her #DrawWithLydia videos to see she's great with lines, too
No.12 #LibraryTop50 @EmmaDodd2 works with big shapes and flat, textured colours, with occasional collage elements, to create warm, intimate stories for very young children. Her hit books include solo titles and partnerships with writer Giles Andreae
No.13 #LibraryTop50 Nikki Russell: her name isn’t on the list, an easy mistake for @PLR_UK to make because she’s not listed on the covers of the Dork Diaries books she illustrates with her writer mum, Rachel Renée Russell, or included in the book metadata
No.14 #LibraryTop50 Rachel Wells @Wells14Rachel: if you've ever looked into a pushchair, you've almost certainly seen Rachel Wells pictures for the 'That's not my...' books with Fiona Watts. https://usborne.com/blog/inside-usborne/thats-not-my/ (rachelh14 on Instagram)
No.15 #LibraryTop50 Dav Pilkey is both beloved and loathed for his edgy Captain Underpants & Dog Man. His books promote a free-spirited, can-do attitude for kids making their own comics, sparking ideas for a wide variety of simple but exciting compositions https://pilkey.com
No.16 #LibraryTop50 @NathanReed_Illo has been very prolific with illustrated chapter books - I see his covers everywhere these days! His drawings have a wonderful energy and let kids browsing library shelves know that they're in for a wild ride: http://www.nathanreedillustration.com
No.17 #LibraryTop50 David Roberts has a careful, wonderful eye for period detail in costume, furniture and architecture, and invents marvelous patterns and textures. He's illustrated for a wide range of reader ages; Suffragette is his first solo book https://www.instagram.com/dr.illustration
No.18 #LibraryTop50 @KorkyPaul is best known for his madcap Winnie the Witch series of picture books, full of lively detail, wibbly-wobbly line, watercolour washes and joyous silliness. http://www.korkypaul.com
No.19 #LibraryTop50 Eric Hill (1927-2014) was an innovator in lift-the-flap books and was best known for his Spot books, starting with 'Where's Spot?' in 1980. These books are intensely pared down from his much busier '60s mix of Art Nouveau & psychedelia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Hill
No.20 #LibraryTop50 @PaulLinnet & @SueHendra: @PLR_UK only lists Paul as artist, but it turns out this team both write and both illustrate! They make funny books with vivid, flat digital colours, usually focusing on something quite small (like a potato!) https://thebrightagency.com/us/publishing/artists/sue-hendra-and-paul-linnet
No.21 #LibraryTop50 Garry Parsons @ICanDrawDinos took the nation by storm with his playful Dinosaur That Pooped picture book series. He's illustrated The Dragonsitter books and lots of book covers, magazines and ads with his bright and bold digital art http://garryparsons.co.uk
No.22 #LibraryTop50 Steve Sims: While the mighty Beast Quest empire (over 25 *series*!) has many writers, Steve's artwork is the constant, giving the books the unified look that makes library readers feel confident in pulling them off the shelves http://stevesimsillustration.co.uk
No.23 #LibraryTop50 Lauren Child: former @Booktrust Children's Laureate brought her skills as a designer to change the look of children's books with her startling collage effects, scratchy linework, and typography that jumps, twists and turns on the page https://milkmonitor.me
No.24 #LibraryTop50 Sophy Williams has illustrated a large number of hugely popular books about cute, vulnerable animals who need rescued, but I think she really comes into her own when she illustrates traditional fairytales. Do have a look at her website! https://sophywilliamsillustrator.com
No.25 #LibraryTop50 Nick East @EastyNick started out as a museum & exhibition designer, creating adventures for children. He's creator of the Agent Weasel series and his illustrations continue that sense of adventure with dramatic perspectives and lighting https://cargocollective.com
No.26 #LibraryTop50 @DavidMelling1 has an animation background which helps him give movement to his characters and create atmospheric lighting. It’s fun to watch the sketches he posts on Twitter, where he constantly pushes himself in new directions
No.27 #LibraryTop50 @StevenLenton has been so prolific, working on books for a wide range of ages and writing his own too! You well may have bumped into him and Tracey Corderoy with their lovely plushie characters. Check out his #DrawaLongaLenton videos! https://stevenlenton.com
No.28 #LibraryTop50 Emily Gravett broke into publishing with 'Wolves' and continued to make quirky metafictive stories, sometimes with collage and inserted letters. She's expert in adapting her work to suit each particular book, whether it be cosy or dark https://www.emilygravett.com
No.29 #LibraryTop50 Mick Inkpen created Kipper and Wibbly Pig, firm favourites with many very young children. He draws with a delicate line and uses watercolour washes which give his pictures a clean, yet soft look. He sometimes works with Nick Butterworth https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mick_Inkpen
No.30 #LibraryTop59 Emma Chichester Clark @emmachichesterc uses gorgeous colour palettes and clever designs in her famous Blue Kangaroo books. Visit her Plum Dog Blog http://emmachichesterclark.blogspot.com for painted scenes from real life that inspired books about him
No.31 #LibraryTop50 Jill Murphy writes and illustrates hilarious books about characters who mean well but create chaos, famously The Worst Witch. With her Large Family books, kids love them but adults wryly relate to the exasperated and overtired parents https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jill_Murphy
No.32 #LibraryTop50 @OliverJeffers’ work is easy to spot with his distinctive lettering and his characters’ matchstick legs. He’s not afraid to try out new formats and mixing media, at least until his crayons go on strike https://www.oliverjeffers.com
No.33 #LibraryTop50 @Ed_Eaves has illustrated lots of books that explain how to do things, such as drive a race car, a chariot and a digger, or how to find Egyptian treasure, or raise a dinosaur. His style is bold, chunky and colourful
No.34 #LibraryTop50 @LeeWildish worked as graphic designer for an ad agency, then did greeting cards for 5 years before taking up children’s book illustration. He draws dramatic expressions for his characters in books full of humour and whimsy
No.35 #LibraryTop50 Ben Cort went mega when Richard & Judy featured Aliens Love Underpants on their show. That sparked off books with lots of other characters rampaging about in underpants, and lots more general painterly jollity followed.
No.36 #LibraryTop50 Sarah Warburton @SarahWarbie works in yummy colours that make you want to visit whatever party, princess palace or even dinosaur-infested supermarket that appear in her books. She has an eye for funny detail and striking compositions
No.37 #LibraryTop50 Adrian Reynolds’s popular Harry books with Ian Whybrow now have over 20 in the series; children love him and his bucket full of dinosaurs http://adrianreynoldsillustrator.com
No.38 #LibraryTop50 @SimonRickerty’s books have a graphic, modern feel to them. He makes jokes and creates moods with typography and space on the page, and he finds clever ways to use small bits of photo collage. Monkey Nuts won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize
No.39 #LibraryTop50 @GuyParker_Rees paints loveable characters in warm, comfy settings. Animals are his favourite subject to draw, and his Giraffes Can’t Dance with Giles Andreae is a perennial favourite
No.40 #LibraryTop50 @BraunSebastien writes & illustrates luminous books about Raj and his dad, and illustrates the Daddy Grizzle and Little Pip series with their lovely line work and colouring. He uses a mix of traditional & digital art, displayed here: http://sebastienbraun.com
No.41 #LibraryTop50 @Alex_T_Smith draws gorgeously fastidious characters and just-so interior spaces. Expert at clothing detail, expressions and creating a variety of old people, he’s branched out from his Claude books to the comic adventures of Mr Penguin https://www.alextsmith.com
No.42 #LibraryTop50 Laura Ellen Anderson @Lillustrator stormed bookshelves with Amelia Fang of Nocturnia, ‘where darkness reigns supreme, glitter is terrifying, and unicorns are the stuff of nightmares!’ (Very sweet while spooky.)
Comics! Picture books!
Comics! Picture books!
No.43 #LibraryTop50 Current @Booktrust Children’s Laureate @CressidaCowell illustrates many of her own books. I first knew her work through her picture books but many of you will know her How to Train Your Dragon books that sparked off the popular films
No.44 #LibraryTop50 Judith Kerr (1923-2019) illustrated books up to the end (95 years!) and was a warm part of many of our childhoods. The kitchen in The Tiger Who Came to Tea was based on her own. She slightly regretted giving Mog so many stripes to paint
No.45 #LibraryTop50 Rod Campbell got a doctorate in organic chemistry before he set up his own publishing house, eventually bought by Macmillan. His pages, often with flaps, are clear and simple for toddlers to decode, making room for them to chime in
No.46 #LibraryTop50 Michael Foreman is a master of watercolours. 'I keep trying to make things more real, not in a literal, photographic sense, but in an emotional sense, telling a story by capturing the essence of the situation, giving it some meaning.'
No.47 #LibraryTop50 @LaurenJBeard illustrates the pastel-palette Fairytale Hairdresser series. She uses traditional drawing materials, then colours her drawings with digital and scanned mixed media. She loves adding funny modern details to the stories
No.48 #LibraryTop50 Sarah McIntyre (hey, that’s me!) loves how we *all* win when we credit illustrators for their work! Find out more at http://PicturesMeanBusiness.com , a website built by @sonispeight.
Visit http://jabberworks.co.uk for more on me + lots of fun book-related activities!
Visit http://jabberworks.co.uk for more on me + lots of fun book-related activities!
No.49 #LibraryTop50 Eric Carle @carlemuseum is beloved creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, translated into 66+ languages, selling 50 million+ copies. He hand-paints paper, cuts out and layers it to achieve a jewel-bright effect, often featuring nature