This week in my Children’s Book Illustration class we looked at the book Animal Orchestra by Scott Gustafson. Published in 1995, the book shows a “maestro” toucan getting a bunch of animals together to play in an orchestra. This illustration was my favorite of all the pages. Each page is done in the same style of painting, which gives the book more of a fine art feel. In class we were told that individual illustrations from the book’s pages have been printed on things like postcards and dishes. This also is more of a fine art practice. I chose this illustration because I’m interested in creating children’s books, and I like to explore all the different styles in which they have been done. More of Scott Gustafson’s work can be found at his website: http://www.scottgustafson.com/
He has a lot of cool classic fairy tale illustrations that are worth checking out.