Jan Brett has been one of my favorite artists ever since I was a little girl—I grew up reading her books over and over, partly for the clever stories but mostly for the amazing illustrations that accompanied them. While her illustrations would be enough as companions to the stories, she also includes highly detailed borders in most of her books that serve to guide the reader and give clues on what will happen next in the story.
This illustration is from her website; she has activities for children that are related to her books, and this is one of the printable masks she has from her book “The Mitten”. Her attention to detail never fails to amaze me. I especially like her ability to depict the animals in a realistic yet distinct style.
While many good artists have a more minimalist style, I have always been drawn to artists who use a lot of detail in their work, and I believe this stems from Jan Brett’s influence on my life as a child. My own style has been influenced and inspired by her works of art.
Here is her website: http://www.janbrett.com.