Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tribute to Masters Series -- William Steig

Growing up in Hong Kong, I admittedly did not read "Doctor De Soto" or "Sylvester and the Magic Pebble" or "Shrek", unlike children brought up in America.  I didn't know about Shrek until the Dreamworks animation came out (which, of course, was inspired by Steig's book). I did read them as a grown-up, and they are indeed great works of children's literature.

It was Steig's illustrations for The New Yorker that first caught my attention. His inks and lines are practically a signature, something that dances with energy and life.  I love the level of sophistication it carries.  

Born in Brooklyn, New York, William Steig began his career doing cartoons and illustrations for The New Yorker.  It was only when he passed age 60 that he began working on children's books.  "Sylvester and the Magic Pebble", his 3rd book, won a Caldecott Medal.  He proceeded working on more than 30 books.

Last year (2011), Abrams Publishing released a book with a collection of his artwork: Cats, Dogs, Men, Women, Ninnies & Clowns: The Lost Art of William Steig.  The originality and artistry of his works always provide a good pump of inspiration.

William Steig

Artwork by William Steig

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