More Sketches and Some Folks I Admire Greatly

by Stefani on 22-July-2009

We're heading off to the woods for the weekend, so I've got laundry to finish and bags to pack but I thought I'd leave you with some fun stuff. 

First a few little rough doodles from my sketchbook this week, then a few links to some very talented illustrators. Some are old faves of mine and some are new finds. I hope you enjoy them, and that your weekend is lovely. 

See you on Monday!

Saturday AfternoonHarvestDuoA Quiet Little PlaceHer First Bikini

Old favorites: 

Mercer Mayer

Syd Hoff

Marc Simont

Gyo Fujikawa

New loves: 

Peter H. Reynolds

Colleen M. Madden

Kathy Hare


How about you? Who are your favorite illustrators? 

mary smith July 22, 2009 at 9:02 pm

I love your sketches. The last one is so cute. A couple of my favourite children’s illustrators are Eric Carle and Lillian Hoban.

kangaroo July 22, 2009 at 9:28 pm

AH! these are just so sweetly adorable! those first three i’d like framed and in my house in a series…

Kelly July 22, 2009 at 9:47 pm

The girl in the chair reading the book – LOVE IT! That one with the apples and the girl on the beach makes me think you should do a calendar with your wonderful sketches! That would be so fun!

Relyn July 22, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Your list incorporated a lot of my favorites. Another illustrator that I love is LeUyen Pham. Do you know her? She’s marvelous. Another love of mine is Rosie Windstead. Both have wonderful books available on Amazon.

Christine - Origami Mommy July 22, 2009 at 11:23 pm

I love your sketches – beautiful and evocative. Great list too. I also adore Elsa Beskow and Akiko Hayashi.

christi July 23, 2009 at 2:18 am

hmm i think Charles Vess, and Warwick Goble are my two favourite illustrators of Children’s books.
your selection is marvellous!

BOATBABY July 23, 2009 at 4:34 am

Lots of great illustrators mentioned here. Syd Hoff makes me feel like a kid again. Elsa Beskow is the childhood I want to give my son.
One of my mom’s best friends when I was growing up wrote and illustrated children’s books – her name was Marilyn Hirsh. I love her work! And I love yours!

jess July 23, 2009 at 4:42 am

I love Stephen Kellogg and Maurice Sendak and Lauren Child.
Also, the illustration of the children making music is the best thing I’ve seen all day! Thanks.

Mama Urchin July 23, 2009 at 5:10 am

I love Gyo Fujikawa so much. Your last sketch reminds me of a photo of Leslie’s (friend2friend) daughter at the beach.

Carri Lambert July 23, 2009 at 5:18 am

Oh, I love the girl at the beach!

Leslie July 23, 2009 at 6:22 am

very good sketches!

I like the one of the girl at the beach best!!

Amber July 23, 2009 at 7:08 am

I love the girl in the chair. I want to know exactly what she’s reading. 🙂

jennifer July 23, 2009 at 10:43 am

SO love the sketches. just adorable. each one speaks. well done.

gonzomama July 23, 2009 at 11:06 am

love every one of those sketches!! especially the musicians and the bookworm.
one of my favorite illustrators is lisbeth zwerger. love love love her work.

Amy@ProgressivePioneer July 23, 2009 at 11:13 am

I may be a bit partial, but I do adore my hubby’s work- 🙂 I also love…. ooh, the name is eluding me, but she did The Oxcart Man and Miss Rumphius. Her stuff is wonderful and so sweet.

Festi July 23, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Your illustrations really are amazing. I love Peter Spier – his books “Rain” and “Bored, Nothing to Do”. Definitely check him out if you haven’t – you’d like him.

kristi July 23, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Don and Audrey Woods, husband and wife illustrator/author team. Their son has even illustrated one of their newer books. King Bidgood in the Bathtub is a great one, but the girls love “The little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, & The big hungry bear” oh and the Napping House.

Lia July 23, 2009 at 2:31 pm

I love Gyo Fujikawa, too! Two of my millions of favorite books from my childhood are hers- Let’s Eat and Betty Bear’s Birthday. I’ve told you this before, but your illustrations remind me of a mix of Tasha Tudor and Felicia Bond, who are both two of my favorites. And now that I think about it, I think there’s a little Gyo in your mix, too! Lovely sketches.

Hannah July 23, 2009 at 4:50 pm

Amy@Progressive Pioneer, it’s Barbara Cooney, and that’s exactly who I was going to say! Love Don and Audrey Wood as well.

Brittany July 23, 2009 at 4:56 pm

I love the music making kids so much! Some of my favorites are Mo Willems and Peter Spier. Have a great time in the woods!

AJ July 23, 2009 at 8:13 pm

LOVE your sketches. Have a great time in the woods!

Diana (Ladybug Limited) July 23, 2009 at 10:57 pm

Gyo Fujikawa is an old fave for me, too– ever since I got “Oh, What a Busy Day!” for my 5th Christmas, a book I’ve now passed on to my kids and they love.

New faves for me would be Sarah Jane (at, found through Etsy and Melissa Sweet (at, found through her work for eeBoo.

Brazan Design - Suzanne July 24, 2009 at 8:35 am

I just love those sweet feet in the first one! And the posture of the girl on the beach. Great lines.

Kerry July 24, 2009 at 9:49 am

Are those sweet musicians your little guys? So adorable Stefani!

Sarah Budd July 24, 2009 at 11:03 am

love the sketches!

carrie July 24, 2009 at 2:25 pm

I loved “Oh What a Busy Day” too. I just found my old one (or was it really my big brothers’?) at my Mom and Dad’s house! That was so fun. We always did skip the page with the babes in the woods, though.

carrie July 24, 2009 at 2:26 pm

Your sketches are fantastic! They are so pure and honest. I want to be the girl with all of the apples. Think of the pies!!

Ansley July 24, 2009 at 2:32 pm

i think you are my fav…I love your sketches!

Jaybird July 25, 2009 at 12:11 am

I thought I was the only one in the whole world that loved Gyo Fujikawa! One of my most treasured things is a book of Fairy Tales. That book was read many nights with a flashlight!

Loved all of the sketches! You inspired me to buy my resident arist some watercolors yesterday. Can’t wait to see what he comes up with!

Herbwifemama July 25, 2009 at 8:43 am

I really like Becky Kelly. I think her pictures are so sweet and simple, and evoke all the wonderfulness of childhood. Your drawings actually remind me a lot of hers.

I also am a big fan of Kim Johnson of the Cobblestone Way calendars. The first one I got, in 1991, captivated me at the age of 9. I loved how a lot of her pictures seemed to have people who had just stepped away for a minute. I got another calendar about 10 years later (why it took me 10 years, I don’t know!), and I saved both the 91 and the following one, and now I’ve cut out the pictures and hung them up around my house anywhere I think there needs to be a window on beauty.

And I love Joan Anglund Walsh. I discovered her about the same time- she had a great lil seasonal book.

And I also like Susan Branch. I had a calendar of hers last year. She tends to draw objects, not scenery or people, but it still has that comfortable simple quality I like.

Lorilee Kopp July 26, 2009 at 8:30 am

Great stuff….. I adore the illustrations and art of Tove Jansson.

Heather July 27, 2009 at 7:17 am

I love your list. Would be interested to see you set up a e-store stocked with your faves with reviews written by you and your kids. It’s hard to pick favorites, but here’s our list.

David Small – Company’s Coming is too funny!
Shirley Hughes
Rosemary Wells
Janet Stevens
Paul Galdone

Angela July 28, 2009 at 6:29 pm

thanks for sharing these. you capture the essence of childhood in your sketches.

Wendi July 30, 2009 at 8:43 am

Your sketches are great. I WISH I could draw!
I love Garth Williams, Johanna Bluedorn, Jane Dyer, and Jan Brett.

Jennifer August 6, 2009 at 5:06 pm

I just came across a book (it was in a stash that my parents kept) of mine from my girlhood and I cannot bear to give it away because of the illustrations by Robin James. The particular book I have is Glitterby Baby and I am still captivated by her illustrations.

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