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.
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:
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.