Top 5 Vintage illustrators

You can find illustrators a dime a dozen – but some can be recognised easier due to their very special own “handwriting”.

This is the case especially with illustrators who have become famous for their childrens books and films. We haven chosen our Top 5 vintage illustrators for you:

1. Charley Harper
Most of you will know illustrator Charley Harper – who died in 2007 – for his animals in mid-century american modernism style. All animals were drawn in a reduced, simple style that many people became fan of.


2. Eric Carle
“The very hungry caterpillar” – who doesn’t know it? Eric Carle created this colourful animal that eats his way around happily and doesn’t stop from eating the book pages as well… And all other drawings made by Carle are unforgettable as well.


3. Alain Gree
Gree lives in France and there – and everywhere else – became famous mostly in the 1960s and 1970s due to his lovely childrens book illustrations and the matching stories.


4. Maurice Sendak
“Where the wild things are” by Maurice Sendak has been a classic for some time now and should not be missed in any childrens room. A few years ago his famous story, where a little boy runs away from home and is picked up by a bunch of fluffy monsters, was even made into a movie.


5. Leo Lionni
The story of little mouse Frederick, who does not collect corn but sunbeams and warm words in summer and then – when no food is left in winter – keeps his mouse-colleagues alive by telling them stories, is not only a cult book in Germany. Italian illustrator Leo Leonnie created several other characters that are unmistakeable.