I thought it would be fun to share some of the illustrators that inspire me! There are lots and lots of them of course, but here are a few that I’ve loved to look at lately.

Becca Green

Becca makes wonderfully whimsical illustrations. I’m still enjoying the diary she illustrated for Flow. But it gets even better: she makes these amazing 3D ‘illustrations’ too!

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Becca Stadlander

A bit similar to Becca Green is Becca Stadlander. Beautiful landscapes, gorgeous flowers and wonderful book covers….

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Chuck Groenink

Chuck Groenink is a Dutch illustrator who now lives in Seattle. As a former graduate, he actually once taught an illustration class at my art academy; we had to illustrate fairy tales. My drawings were not so good, but I was inspired by his work and have been following it ever since. I can’t believe how many books he has already illustrated, with a technique that builds up each illustration layer by layer…. what a lot of work! But the result is amazing.

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Elodie Nouhen

When we were on our honey moon, we visited the grand house where Leonardo da Vinci lived and worked. In the tourist shop I spotted a book of fairy tales illustrated by Elodie Nouhen. I fell in love with her illustrations, and the book (Contes) has been on my desk ever since. I especially love her use of composition and the quirky way she draws her figures.

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Fiep Westendorp

And last but not least, one of the most famous Dutch illustrators ever: Fiep Westendorp. I see her work everyday in the books I read to Jaeden. She is most famous for her Jip and Janneke figures, but I especially love her colored, full-page illustrations.

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