21 children's book artists and writers have made a PROCLAMATION.
They believe that a picture book should be "fresh, honest, piquant, and beautiful." They also believe "good design fosters good reading." They condemn "glossy paper as default." We agree. Though the Proclamation was launched on October 21, 2011, we haven't been able to forget it. It makes us love the list of seriously talented artists all the more. We certainly believe in them.
One of the reasons we were eager to take on the idea of a Press was because we at Paper Darts believe that illustration is a dearly missed component in the world of adult literature. Four of the artists from this list have made a memorable mark on the adult world of illustration. Sophie Blackall, Carson Ellis, Jon Klassen, and Christian Robinson are doing remarkable things, and we want to make sure you know about it.
1. Sophie Blackall
(Remember her? She was our featured artist for October)
Blackall has illustrated over 20 books for children, and recently published her first book for adults, Missed Connections: Love Lost & Found. Blackall's editorial illustrations have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Town & Country, the Washington Post, and many others. Once inside her world of Missed Connections you'll realize exactly how much imagination and possibility the adult world of illustration and literature is missing.
More Sophie: Don't miss this INKSIE interview with Blackall on her process.
2. Carson Ellis
Not only has Carson Ellis provided artwork for bestselling children's books, she is also the illustrator-in-residence for the band The Decemberists. Every band should have an illustrator-in-residence, but few illustrators could match the wonderful work of Carson Ellis.
More Carson: Read this 2009 interview at Paste Magazine where Carson Ellis discusses what it is like to work with The Decemberists.
3. John Klassen
John Klassen (Burst of Beaden) is a master of color and line, but it is his impeccable attention to detail that has defined his career as an animator and illustrator. As the concept illustrator for the film Coraline, Klassen was integral in giving the setting its beautiful and haunting soul.
More Jon Klassen: Read this lovely interview at IllustrationMundo to see where he finds inspiration
4. Christian Robinson
On his blog profile, Christian Robinson states, "I love making things. Simplicity is my friend. Love & Happiness are my goals." His cheerful and sparse illustrations are perfectly summarized by this statement. Beyond his fabulous work as an illustrator of children's books, Robinson has regularly worked with McSweeney's (no surprise there). His blog is delightful — do not miss it!
Here are a few posters he made for the movie Precious:
More Christian: See this beautiful book he illustrated, Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide