NPR's "The Art of Eric Carle"

I recently came across a segment on NPR where they interviewed Eric Carle, the famous children’s book designer. Carle became well known for his style of using colored paper to piece together colorful and elaborate illustrations. Various techniques are used to create vastly different looks – the work is quite amazing.

In a time where many of us (including myself) use computers as the sole device for creative production, I find it very grounding to see how much can be done off a computer that would be unbelievably time-consuming to produce on a computer. Perhaps now is the time to ditch your desktop/laptop for just a few minutes (I know, it’s scary) to play with some pencils and/or crayons. Who knows, it might even be more fun than the carpal-tunnel-producing, eye-strain-creating fun box known as your computer.

16 thoughts on “NPR's "The Art of Eric Carle"”

  1. I miss those days so badly. *Sniffle.
    Luckily, many illustrators still use the old fashioned tools of the trade. I envy them.

  2. I have very slowly been re-thinking my creative process with the friction coming from the fact that I would have to spend a lot of my time learning new things. I feel a lot of us designers on the web fight an uphill battle – trying to fit everything into a web format that does not necessarily work all that well online.

    This is a perfect example of just that.

  3. I love going to the library with the kids and digging through the books… Great stuff out there! I recently found one where the artist did these amazing scenes – extremely detailed – and in the notes in the book – turns out it was Play-Doh…

  4. remember the first episode of South Park? All construction paper animation. Now, to duplicate that effect they use Maya(3D rendering software).

  5. Wild Guess – Yeah, you’re absolutely right. The only thing I would say is that since it is a continual production process, it would make sense to spend a huge chunk of change for infrastructure. I agree that computer automation will almost always be faster than hand-crafted work. The problem is the time to build that automation process on a computer can take an extremely long time. In addition, it can frequently be less impressive than its hand-crafted counterpart.

  6. I don’t know about computer generation being less impressive than anythign by hand. For some mediums of hand craft vs. computer, yes ther is a deffinite one better looking than the other. Sometimes no one can tell and it doesn’t matter. However there is just some CGI that does an equal or better job at producing graphics or art than doing it by hand.

  7. I think a lot of if depends on the medium, the content and the goal of the work. There are times where hand-crafted work is downright ridiculous to do and vice-versa for computer generated work.

    It’s definitely not a black-and-white topic.

  8. So you are saying…that i could have written $10 worth of crass one-liners (instead of long, thoughtful paragraphs) to win a GOOD subscription?

    DOH. I AM STUPID!

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