Artist Research – Eric Carle

Eric Carle is an American illustrator and author, most notable know for his successful children’s book ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. A trend many contemporary illustrators are currently attracted to is the juxtaposition of rough textural colouring with smooth and precise line work – I believe that Carle was one of the chief initiators of this movement.

As a child, my favourite books of his was ‘Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?’ and ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?’, also written with Bill Martin, Jr. The book is designed to help grow toddlers’ association between colour, sound and meaning through the depiction of brightly coloured zoo animals.

I love his vibrant use of colour and rough texture to recreate the animals’ skin/coat, and is a practise I can see myself moving towards in a similar way.


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