Monday, June 15, 2009
Yesterday I made my weekly trek to the local Japanese market for the week's groceries, when a magazine caught my eye. It was the July issue of ku:nel magazine, a Japanese lifestyle magazine that focuses on the quiet pleasures of life -- crafts, cooking, healthy eco living.
On the cover was a book illustrated by Garth Williams, one of my favorite children's book illustrators from my childhood. I have many fond memories of reading the Miss Bianca books, Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web, and the countless other books he has illustrated. After purchasing it along with my groceries I rushed home to read it.
The article inside was 14 pages long and was a profile of his life and work, from his early days in England to moving around the world -- New York, Italy, Mexico. He married just as often, 4 times! For his first children's book assignment (Stuart Little), a mouse he found in his apartment was used as a drawing model.
His affinity for animals is apparent in the photo and the drawing shown here. There is always a feeling of warmth in his drawings. A fascinating read ...