Ed Emberley, Drummer Hoff, trade book, courtesy of the artist
Ed Emberley, mockup page about octopi from Drawing Book of Animals, 1970, ink on paper, 10 1/2 x 24 1/2 in., courtesy of the artist.
Ed Emberley, Parade Book production ink drawing, 18 1/2 x 37 1/2 in. matted, courtesy of the artist.
Ed Emberley, The Wizard of Op, 1975, trade boo, 9 x 9 1/4 in. closed, courtesy of the artist.
Ed Emberley, Simon's Song production print, block prints on paper, 30 x 40 in., courtesy of the artist.
Ed Emberley, mockup page with many finished faces from Drawing Book of Faces, 1975, ink on paper, 10 1/2 x 24 1/2 in. framed, courtesy of the artist.
Ed Emberley: Better You Than Me
Using simple shapes and lines, beloved illustrator and picture book artist Ed Emberley has created enchanting worlds for generations of young people, while also giving them the tools to create worlds of their own. Ed Emberley: Better You Than Me opens on January 11, 2018 and includes an array of dazzling artwork from the artist’s personal archive of hand drawn sketches, woodblock prints, mock-ups, and first edition books.
Emberley’s drawing books empowered countless children to create by utilizing simple shapes and step by step techniques to make elaborate characters and scenes. In addition to his inventive drawing books, the artist is known for his Caldecott Medal-awarded 1967 picture book Drummer Hoff, and for his 1992 bestseller Go Away, Big Green Monster.
The exhibition will also feature a stylized reproduction of Emberley’s drawing and light table from his home studio, where visitors of all ages can try their hand at his diverse and playful art making techniques.
Ed Emberley: Better You Than Me was organized by Caleb Neelon for the Akron Art Museum. Its presentation in Akron is sponsored by a generous gift from the Mary S. And David C. Corbin Foundation.