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Inspiration: Leonard Visits Space Picture Book

Today’s illustration inspiration comes from this awesome whimsical picture book originally published in 1965 and illustrated by Ric Hugo (1927–2003).

Unlike the previous inspiration examples we’ve posted to date (check out our post on a mid-century illustrated cookbook), a quick search of Mr. Hugo actually comes up with a bio—shocker! According to the Lambiek Comiclopedia, Ric Hugo also enjoyed a career as a comic strip creator and a courtroom sketch artist.

Leonard Visits Space is a beautiful example of the depth of storytelling you can get with reducing images to simple shapes and lines, with two simple ink colors, orange and a range of grayscale.

(Also, how much does the government official on p. 36 creepily look like Donald Trump? Now you can’t unsee it, either. You’re welcome.)