Thanks, Maurice. Illustrators pay tribute to Maurice Sendak, for the NY Times.
Geoff McFetridge: My first exposure to Maurice Sendak was as a child reading “Where the Wild Things Are.” From the first time I saw it I was floored. It was a book about something I loved; it was a book about drawing! For many years it was the high point to aim for when it came to things like hands, feet, claws, crosshatching and bloodshot eyeballs. There was one small thing that Maurice once said in an interview that left a big impression on me. He said that when he started illustrating books, he really could not draw. I am not sure if he was really hard on himself. I get the impression he was. There is something in his drawings that alludes to this angst. Something unsettling. Maurice did not settle for fantastic, he was aiming for something much higher, and deeper.