Ed Emberley Tribute Mural in Boston Children’s Hospital

Check out this cool new mural in the Children’s Hospital Boston by artists Caleb Neelon and Souther Salazar.

Caleb Neelon is an artist known for his bold Murals as well as being a major fan of the art and drawing books of legendary children’s book illustrator Ed Emberley. The Children’s Hospital Boston is a great organization, and Ed Emberley gets some well deserved exposure with this generous contribution from these talented artists. Caleb also was involved in an Ed Emberley tribute show at a gallery in Los Angeles in 2010. Caleb and Souther Salazar are artists whose work you should see more of online.

From artist Caleb Neelon’s Site

–  “Spent the past week painting this Ed Emberley tribute mural at Boston Children’s Hospital with Souther Salazar and his wife Monica. Working at Children’s is as meaningful as it gets to me.

The mural is 22? x 7? and should be up on view in the main lobby, along with Ed Emberley original Drawing Book mockups – see the below post – until at least end of October. Anyone can stop in to see them, it’s a public area and is open 24/7.”

And from an earlier post

-Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, June 20, I’ll be working with Souther Salazar on a tribute project to one of out favorite artists, Ed Emberley. The two of us will be doing a big mural on-site in the lobby of Boston Children’s Hospital, right in the middle of it all. Ed Emberley will have a bunch of original drawing book mockups on the adjacent wall, and it’ll be a rare chance to get to see them. The only other time they have been out of Ed’s studio was the 2010 show Ed Emberley and Friends that I organized at Scion in LA, and this time around, we have some never-before-seen mockups from Ed’s Thumbprint books.

You can come to the Children’s main lobby June 20th – 22nd and 24th – 25th to see us in action, and after that – at least until November – to see the show as it’s installed. It’s in the big main lobby, so you don’t need to do anything other than just walk in and have a look.

I connected with Ed well after that kids’ book had come out. I was writing for Swindle Magazine then, and somehow Ed Emberley’s name popped into my head. I had no idea if Ed was still alive or even where he lived. I looked him up, and surprise enough, he was alive and well (still is) and living in Ipswich, on Boston’s North Shore. I went up to do a feature article on Ed, and so many things clicked back into place. Turned out Ed even grew up in my old neighborhood in Cambridge.

Ed signed a stack of his books for me, and I gave them away as holiday presents. My buddy Sam, then about 11, was looking through the Big Purple book and called me out: my Lilman book was a big old chomp from Emberley! I couldn’t believe it, and I mailed a copy of Lilman up to Ed, putting the story back together. Ed’s response? “Keep Drawing Them!!”

This is what’s so great about Ed Emberley’s approach to art, and in a way, to art education. His books are about copying, but they aren’t about copying so you get something perfect. If you want to learn how to draw Spiderman, for example, you better get it exactly like Stan Lee had it, or it’ll look wrong. What’s so giving and great about Ed’s books is that even if you end up deviating a lot from his guidelines, it still looks great and you still have fun drawing. Even though I’m that rare kid who got to grow up to be a professional artist, I never was that kid in class who could draw Spiderman and have it look right. Trying to draw him was frustrating more than anything. Ed’s drawing books always gave me that little tickle of pleasure that came from drawing, and that was what kept me coming back to making more and more art. And the sum total of those little tickles is a person who will always enjoy making art.

Thanks, Ed!