Check out UK's childrens book master. Wildsmith was a real draughtsman, he never hides his linework, which flows throughout his paintings.
His work is genius. No photoshop texture gimmicks or layers here, how refreshing. Just graphite, watercolor+ gouache and a brush.
One of our favorite artists of all time.
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 Medal. The Brian Wildsmith Art Museum was established in 1994 near Tokyo Japan. Mr. Wildsmith passed away in 2016.
“Our children are our inheritance and our future. They are the building blocks of our civilisations and we are inclined sometimes to forget this important and crucial fact. It is important to remember that at birth a child’s soul is like an empty book in which anything may be written. Let us sharpen our wits and pencils and make sure that what we write and paint will fly the child into a world of joy and wonder and imagination. We must write in those books about love humour compassion truth understanding justice… profitable wonders that will determine how our children will develop and help build a happier and more peaceful world.”
-Brian Wildsmith 2008
His family, Claire, Simon and Rebecca have carefully archived and documented his life works establishing a brilliant website showcasing their father's magical world.
THANK YOU for the amazing WORK Mr. Wildsmith.
- ( for Lisa Aten ) CHEERS!