Stephen Gammell is an American illustrator of children's books. He won the 1989 Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration. He started his career with freelance commercial work, but became interested in children's book illustration. He has illustrated over fifty titles. Gammell is particularly well known for the surreal, unsettling illustrations he provided for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, a series of horror short stories by Alvin Schwartz that is still an adolescent favorite. However, some consider the illustrations to be too violent for young readers.
If you ever read Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark as a child, then you too, may be haunted to this day by the ghastly illustrations they contained. The drawing by artist Stephen Gammell brought the words by Alvin Schwartz to horrific life, and we suspect are a large part of why it was the most frequently challenged book for library banning from 1990-1999.
“The Girl who stood on a Grave” ~ Stephen Gammell
Alan Lee is an English book illustrator and movie conceptual designer. Lee has illustrated dozens of fantasy books, including some nonfiction, and many more covers. Among the most notable interiors are several works of J.R.R. Tolkien: the centenary edition of The Lord of the Rings & a 1995 edition of The Hobbit.
Albrecht Dürer was a German painter, engraver, printmaker, mathematician, and theorist from Nuremberg. His high-quality woodcuts (nowadays often called Meisterstiche or "master prints") established his reputation and influence across Europe when he was still in his twenties, and he has been conventionally regarded as the greatest artist of the Northern Renaissance ever since. The woodcuts, such as the Apocalypse series (1498), retain a more Gothic flavour (medieval) than the rest of his work.
“The Revelation of St John: The Battle of the Angels” ~ Albrecht Dürer
His watercolours also mark him as one of the first European landscape artists, while his ambitious woodcuts revolutionized the potential of that medium. Dürer's introduction of classical motifs into Northern art, through his knowledge of Italian artists and German humanists, has secured his reputation as one of the most important figures of the Northern Renaissance. This is reinforced by his theoretical writings, which involve principles of mathematics, perspective and ideal proportions.