Last week we got the terrible news that Maurice Sendak passed away: he was one of the best children´s illustrators ever and it is really sad to think that we won´t have more books and characters created by him. This is my little tribute to him.
Drawing tribute illustrations always give you extreme feelings: they happen for a sad reason but you enjoy drawing them as you feel you are giving back all that artist has given to you. It is sad but makes you feel well. Weird.
I remember how impressed I got when in 2009 I visited Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia. They have an awesome collection of Sendak´s originals and it was then when I realized how good he was and how much great work he had beyond Where The Wild Things Are. You can be staring at his drawings for ages and find a new detail, a new little line that gives the piece lots of personality. Visiting Rosenbach Collection is a must if you are in Philadelphia.
This is another illustration I did back in 2009 for the Where the Wild Things Are Week in New York, as part of the promotion of the beautiful movie directed by Spike Jonze.
Maurice Sendak was one of the biggest figures in the illustration world: there are and will be other great artists, but none of them will be like him.
Rest in peace Maurice Sendak, 1928-2012.