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Inspiration: Chris Van Allsburg

You may not recognize the name, but you’ll certainly recognize his work.

Chris Van Allsburg is the writer and illustrator of many award-winning children’s books, including:

And, yes, Jumanji and the Polar Express have both been turned into major Hollywood movies, but screw the cinema – look at these drawings!

from Jumanji

from Jumanji

from The Widow’s Broom

from The Garden of Abdul Gasazi

Originally a sculptor, Allsburg was encouraged by his wife to try his hand at children’s books.  His first book, The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, won the Caldecott Honor Medal in 1980.  He has since written and illustrated 16 books. He is, needless to say, The Man.

I am fascinated by Chris’ technique.  A master of pastel and pencil, he is able to create beautifully soft, tangible atmospheres.  I have admired his illustrations since I was small, and found them more inspiring than any cartoon I’ve ever watched.

You may read more about Allsburg at his official site.


illustration by kurt d. hollomon

Jake’s dad, Kurt Hollomon, is a prolific illustrator, sketchbook junkie, and professor at PNCA.  He was recently featured on the NYC style blog of Mister Mort.  Read some well-deserved praise here.

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