The Trilogy of the Divide

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

These designs, created in 2004 for The Divide Trilogy, vividly depict the imagination of illustrator Ted Dewan (opens in new tab). He frequently uses ink and china markers on embossed paper to embellish all of his creations. We are fascinated by the strange and fascinating animals that appear frequently in his writing. Jill Barton (opens in new tab) used graphite pencil and watercolour wash to create these adorable illustrations for the book Puss Jekyll, Cat Hyde. Barton has been drawing since she was in elementary school, making her an expert in creating enthralling book illustrations. The eyes were later changed to a green color for the book, but we still think it looks great! Australian illustrator Andrew Fairclough (opens in new tab) created these abstract images for American comedian Marc Maron's biography Attempting Normal. It grabs your attention right away and uses creative images and gorgeous color design to allude to different sections of the book.

Book illustrations that are breathtaking

Ocean Fantasy

When books are illustrated, the cover naturally receives a lot of attention. But there are literally millions of books with equally stunning interiors out there. It was a difficult task, but we combed the internet to find 23 exquisite book images created by artists from around the world. Which do you like better? This lovely book illustration was created by Khoa Le, a Vietnamese illustrator, as part of a series for a picture book (opens in new tab). The image transports you to a surreal world and emphasizes the contrast between light and shadow by using vibrant, shimmering colors. Le also expertly handles the contrast between under and above water. Fx Goby, a London-based illustrator, and his sister, author Valentine Goby, have created their first children's book (opens in new tab). Le Mystère de Hawa'a tells the story of young Anmar and a young woman with flaming red hair who meet one day from opposite sides of the dusty land (opens in new tab). The graphics are vibrant with color and feature character designs that are truly inspirational.

The Front Door

The Place Where the Wild Things Are

The Crocodile Giant

Fascinating illustartions

The late Maurice Sendak wrote and illustrated one of the most well-known and cherished children's books, Where the Wild Things Are. It is admired for both its narrative and its images (opens in new tab). The gifted writer was also an artist. And he used both effectively in this well-known book. Sendak's attention to detail is evident in the countless small ink lines he used to depict the hairs on the Wild Things. This intricate graphic novel was created by Shaun Tan, an Australian novelist and illustrator (opens in new tab). The Arrival tells the story of an immigrant who leaves his home in search of a better life for his family using only images. We don't want to think about how long Tan must have taken to complete even one of these stunning paintings, let alone the entire book. The juxtaposition of lifelike people in variously abstract settings exemplifies his full range of abilities. Because there were so many brilliant images by English novelist and artist Quentin Blake to choose from, it was difficult to pick just one. We ultimately chose the stunning illustrations from Roald Dahl's The Enormous Crocodile. Dahl and Blake first collaborated on this lovely picture book in the mid-1970s. For many years, the two worked together, with Blake's distinct artwork contributing to the lifelike rendering of Dahl's beloved characters.