Ed Emberley, legendary children’s book designer and illustrator is featured in the November 2010 edition of Juxtapose magazine. The magazine of hip naive, comic, street art, graffiti art etc. pays tribute to Ed for his huge body of work and in particular for the many artists over the past 40+ years that have been influenced and inspired by his series of how-to-draw books. The Ed Emberley drawing books use a unique system of creating drawings of varying complexity using a “drawing alphabet” made up of recognizable and unintimidating shapes that novice artists would likely feel comfortable saying, “I can draw that!”. Just about anyone (and millions have since 1968) can make drawings that they previously would have thought they could never draw, from Ed’s simple step by step breakdown of even a complicated Pirate ship complete with all the rigging, into simple, easy-to-draw shapes.
Ed Emberley has recently been featured in a gallery show in LA showcasing his own body of work as well as several young artists showing work demonstrating an Ed Emberley influence.
Ed lives and works in Massachusetts with his wife Barbara in a 300+ year old wooden house, made up of a birch of simple wooden beams, boards,shingles, wooden pegs and handmade nails… Oh, his Kids Rebecca and Michael also make books……
Photo credit – Diana Guzman for Juxtapose Magazine