Illustration Crush…Jen Corace

A few years ago, Hyperion Books for Children (an imprint of Disney Book Group) published a picture book edition of Hansel and Gretel by Cynthia Rylant. It’s really, really lovely. But what excites me about it and has me pulling it off my shelf from time to time is Jen Corace’s illustrations. Her lines are delicate and organic and remind me of the art in the books I read as a kid. While her characters are sweet and diminutive, the palette is sophisticated and mature. It’s this balance that makes the art so incredibly amazing to me. It feels historic and informed. It’s beautiful. You HAVE to check it out.