Wednesday, May 9, 2012


Yesterday, another one of my biggest heroes passed away (the first one being Mobeus).  Maurice Sendak touched my soul as a child and I always checked my public school's library to see 'Where the Wild Thing's Are' was in and available.
It was the only book I knew from him until I was in my twenties and in Art School when I found out that there was many, many more written and illustrated by him.
And it was not until I met my Husband, Larry, that I found a great jewel in Sendak's illustrated treasure chest: The Middle European classic 'The Cunning Little Vixen.'
     His mastery of visual storytelling is strong throughout the book as his ink and watercolour characters and environments temp you into the book.
Here's a poster of the Operetta, illustrated by Sendak.
(thanks to the blog Pthaloment)

When my animation career began at Nelvana, my first assigned storyboard was Little Bear, a book written by Elsa Holmelund Minarik and Mr. Sendak.  Boarding Little Bear was a true highlight in my career and I alway's get a high when someone asks me what television shows I've worked on and I mentioned Little Bear.  They tell me how they love that show and enjoy watching it with their children.  

I saved outtakes over the years and scrap booked them:

I only have one 'hero' left now and I wish him great health and love and light hearted days.