This weeks Incredible Illustrations features Jon Klassen, a Canadian illustrator, children’s book author, designer and concept artist who has worked on a number of high profile recognisable projects, such as Coraline, U2’s animated video I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight, Kung Fu Panda and An Eye For Annai.
Working in collaboration with author Carolyn Stutson, he was awarded the Governor General’s Award for English Language Children’s Illustration for her book Cat’s Night Out, as a result of which he gained international recognition and respect.
Klassen went on to release his own children’s book in 2011, entitled I Want My Hat Back, which quickly became a popular choice of children and critics alike, the latter praising his ‘unusual’ and rather adult ending, calling Klassen’s style ‘charmingly wicked’.
Wonderful, evocative and astonishing, Klassen’s illustrations are loved by children and adults alike, each being beautiful, simple and secretive, holding implicit hints to the upcoming plot of the accompanying story. I love the muted colours and basic silhouettes, giving only as much detail as they need to be identifiable. Below are some of my favourite pieces of his:
Have you ever read anything involving Jon Klassen, or seen his prints? Do you like their wintery, dark appearance? Are they well suited to children’s literature, or do you see him more as an artist than an illustrator?
More about Jon, including where to buy his prints and information on his upcoming projects, can be found on his blog Burst Of Beaden here.