Maurice Sendak Talks About Illustration

Here is the father of the 1964 Caldecott winner and cultural icon “Where the Wild Things Are”, Maurice Sendak, talking about illustration and what makes his books so special. I love his response. He feels that the idea to add an underlying story to the actual story is instrumental in making the his books intruiging to his audience. This reminds me of Tim Gillner’s (Art Director of Boyd’s Mills Press) “adding a carrot” concept to making the story and illustrations of a book come to life. Author/Illustrator Dominic Catalano also talks about this idea, by adding tracery imagery to artwork it can beome much more meaningful and inciteful and add to both the character and visual story development.

Happy drawing.

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