Favorite illustrators — Leo and Diane Dillon

Just been thinking a lot the past couple of weeks about the work of Leo and Diane Dillon and thought I’d share this link to an interview from 2000 with the two of them: Locus Magazine interview.

It’s a great read — they talked a little about how they came up with their process of collaborating, which is something that’s always fascinated me about their work.

Wise Child, Monica Furlong. Cover by Leo and Diane Dillon

I always wondered how they came up with such a distinctive style that worked for both of them… It seemed like such a powerful style had to have really come from one of them and the other just adapted to it, but it turns out they actually developed their style completely hand-in-hand, as a melding of the two of them. What an amazing partnership!

It’s also really inspiring how they were able to make their extremely distinctive style so versatile at the same time:

The Rats in the Walls, H.P. Lovecraft (1973 LP edition). Cover by Leo and Diane Dillon.
The People Could Fly, Virginia Hamilton. Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon.

 

And I never realized how incredibly prolific they were. This tumblr blog collecting their work is wonderful. I spent a long time looking through the archives yesterday… I don’t think I ever realized before just how many of my favorite illustrations and book covers growing up were by the Dillons!

Unfortunately, Leo passed away in May — the world of illustration is certainly the poorer for it, though hopefully Diane will keep working.

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