Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Kelly Oechsli - Illustrator

Kelly Oechsli (1918-1999) illustrated many children's books, including Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock books. One of my favorites by him is Humpty Dumpty's Bedtime Stories (published in 1971). Not much more information is provided by any of the sites that mentioned him or his books.

Here is some of his work:


Friday, April 13, 2012

Eyvind Earle - Illustrator

Born in New York in 1916, Eyvind Earle began his prolific career at the age of ten, and was in a one-man show in France at the age of 14. At the age of 21, Earle bicycled across country from Hollywood to New York, paying his way by painting 42 watercolors.

In 1951 Earle joined Walt Disney studios as an assistant background painter. Among other projects, Earle was responsible for the styling, background and colors for the highly acclaimed movie “Sleeping Beauty” and gave the movie its magical, medieval look with his meticulously detailed, hand-painted backgrounds.

After about 15 years creating animated art, Earle returned to painting full time in 1966 and kept working until the end of his life. Eyvind Earle passed away on July 20, 2000 at the age of 84 (Excerpts taken from the Bio of Eyvind Earle http://www.eyvindearle.com/Bio.aspx).