A few days ago I heard the sad news that picture book creator Brian Wildsmith had passed away. He is one of my many favorite illustrators, whose work I am continually amazed and inspired by. He lived a long, full life (great interview on Independent) and made some of the most colorful picture books I have ever seen. Since I have yet to post about any of his works, I think it is fitting today to share a few of my favorite illustrations from him. I have been slowly collecting his books as I discover them and find favorites. This will be the most images I have ever overloaded you with (click on any of the photos to see them larger); but I hope you are moved and enjoy the vibrant, awe-inspiring work of Brian Wildsmith.
from Bear’s Adventure by Brian Wildsmith, 1981
from Professor Noah’s Spaceship by Brian Wildsmith, 1980
from The Hare and the Tortoise based on a fable by La Fontaine, illustrated by Brian Wildsmith, 1966
from Brian Wildsmith’s Illustrated Bible Stories, as told by Philip Turner, 1968
from A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Brian Wildsmith, 1966
And lastly, I think this final poem and illustration from A Child’s Garden of Verses is very fitting for a farewell to such a great illustrator. (Click on the image to read the full poem.) May he linger in every book he gave us. Thanks for the beauty, Brian Wildsmith.