One of the best parts of running Storypanda is communicating with top children’s illustrators. There are some very extremely talented people doing excellent work. Often I find myself at night just flipping through their portfolios and being truly inspired. For the other dad’s wanting to re-discover the child inside them while at the same showing their kids there is more than Dora The Explorer, here are 5 illustrators that you should check out:
Dave Mottram: Dave’s illustrations cover a wide range. You’ll see sketches for more realistic looking dogs and dinosaurs; you’ll see something inspired by 1940 cartoons; and then he’ll give a heartwarming picture of a Mexican Lucha Libre wrestling family.
Pintachan: Pintachan’s work will bring a smile to your face. The bright colors, round faces, big eyes. No wonder my kids love his stuff. He does original drawings but also has takes on classic characters. For you 80’s kids, you’ll dig his Link, Mario and Pac-Man.
Karen Dessire: Karen’s Happy Robot Town, is a brand dedicated to creating a happy visual experience, and that’s what it does. Her monsters are awesome and they look even better when they are produced on packaging.
Doreen Marts: Every time I look at something Doreen has created, I get a sense that it’s her underneath each character. Whether it’s an illustration of a panda bear, fairy, princess, woman, or a child, each one seems to say “Hey it’s me, Doreen!”.
Dan Woodger: Each of Dan’s full prints has a lot going on. Like The Simpsons, you want to look at every character to see what they are doing. It’s clear he’s not just putting people there for no reason. There is a hidden story, joke or conversation going on.
If there are some illustrators that you really like, don’t hesitate to send me a link.