From left, a mixed-media collage painting by Fred Otnes and the cover of Jerry Pinkney’s The Lion and The Mouse, a wordless adaptation of one of Aesop’s fables.
The Society of Illustrators has elected five artists to its illustrious Hall of Fame: Fred Otnes, Jerry Pinkney, Kenneth Paul Block, Alan E. Cober, and Robert Heindel (the latter three will be honored posthumously). Past presidents of the Society selected the artists based on their body of work and the impact it has made on the field of illustration. This year’s Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at a dinner and ceremony on June 24. Pinkney, 71, is fresh from his 2010 Caldecott Medal win for The Lion and the Mouse, one of the more than 100 children’s books he has illustrated since 1964. “My most favorite is always the work in progress on the drawing board, because my strongest feelings about a particular book are tied to the experience of creating it,” notes the illustrator on his website. “I love the act of making marks on paper, and seeing those marks develop into a picture. My intent and hope is to lead the viewer into a world that only exists because of that picture.”