Illustrator of the Month – Eric Carle
By Lisa Bulpin
Eric Carle is an award winning creative author and illustrator.
His illustrations are wonderfully colourful and unique!
Eric Carle was born in 1929 in New York. When he was 6 years old his moms was homesick so they moved back to Germany. When he was older he went to a local art school where he later graduated from. In 1952 Eric Carle moved back to New York where he landed a job as a graphic designer at a promotional company. He later became an art director for an advertising company where he worked for a few years until he was asked to illustrate his first book. From then on he started illustrating and writing his own books.
The first book he illustrated was for Bill Martin Jnr, Bill asked him to collaborate on a picture book. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? It quickly became a bestseller!
He has since illustrated over 70 books and written numerous bestselling books. He is best known for his book, The Hungry Caterpillar, with over a million copies sold world wide.
Eric Carles signature illustrations are created by handmade paintings which he tears up and creates cute collage pictures. He uses bright primary colors and textures to paint and create his illustrations. His artwork is distinctive and very recognizable.
The theme of his stories usually revolve around nature, which he loves and so do little children.
A lot of his books are centered around bridging the gap between school and home life. Each of his books are meaningful with something to teach children.