Sunday, April 17, 2011

Jerry Pinkney Found a Life at the Drawing Board

Jerry Pinkney (left) received the 2010 Randolph Caldecott Medal for Illustration of Children's books for his wordless book "The Lion and the Mouse" (right). Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pinkney used to draw constantly in sketchbooks while tending a newstand as a boy. One day a man named John Liney saw Pinkney's sketchbook and invited him to visit his studio. Liney was the assistant to Carl Anderson, creator of the daily comic strip "Henry". This gave Pinkney a glimpse into the idea that one could make a living with a pencil.

Pinkney has drawn all day, every day for over 40 years. He usually works in pencil which he colors with watercolor and draws from photos he takes using models found with the help of his wife. He has illustrated over 100 children's books.

Jerry Pinkney spoke at the Children's Literature Conference held at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania April 16, 2011.

Click on the heading above to see more examples of Pinkney's work and get a glimpse of his new studio.

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