Celestino Piatti 
Designer, Painter, Illustrator  
1922 - 2007

Celestino Piatti was born in Wagen-Bruttisellen, Switzerland. Piatti was trained in tKunstgewerbeschule under Ernst and Max Gubler in Zurich. He was a member of Fritz Buhler’s team from 1944-1948. In 1948, he established his own graphic design studio. Within a few years he designed posters, advertising campaigns, exhibition designs, packaging, illustrations for national and international clients. He designed over 3000 book covers for DTV in 20 years. 

He created murals showing the Swiss voting system at the Swiss pavilion at Expo’67 in Montreal. He received numerous awards for his posters and books. In addition, his works also included stamps for the Swiss post office, lithographs, woodcuts and linocuts, stained glass, murals and other paintings, ceramics and sculptures. A motif that runs through his entire work, is the owl, as a messenger of good luck or misfortune, or as a symbol of wisdom.  

 "You can draw an owl a thousand times, and never find out its secret".

books by Piatti

The Happy Owls (1963)
Celestino Piatti's Animal ABC. (1965)
Celestino Piatti's Animals (1966)
Animal ABC (1966)
Piatti: The Nock Family Circus (1968)
The Holy Night: The Story of the First Christmas (1968)
The Golden Apple (1970)
The Little Crayfish (1974)
Barbara and the Door Mouse (1976)

Check out UK's childrens book master. Wildsmith is a real draughtsman, he never hides his linework, which flows throughout his paintings. 


b. 1930 yorkshire, England

His work is genius. No photoshop texture gimmicks or layers here, how refreshing. Just graphite, watercolor+ gouache and a brush.

In his studio age 79

Mr. Wildsmith studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London.
A former music teaher at the Royal Military School of Music, he gave it up so that he could illustrate books full time. He has deservedly earned a reputation as one of the greatest living children’s illustrators. In 1962, he published his first children’s book, ABC, for which he was awarded Britain’s equivalent to the Caldecott, The Kate Greenaway MedalThe Brian Wildsmith Art Museum was established in 1994 near Tokyo, Japan. Brian is married, has four children, and currently lives in the south of France.

THANK YOU for the amazing WORK Mr. Wildsmith!

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