The world of children’s publishing has lost an amazing artist with the death of Sonia Lynn Sadler.  Sadler is the illustrator of Seeds of Change by Jen Cullerton Johnson (Lee and Low).  She received the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent in 2011 for this same book.

When I first saw this book, I was struck with the batik-like blocks of color that she used to illustrate the book.  It wasn’t batik but scratchboard.  In scratchboard, the paint is applied directly to the board and then the artist scratches through the paint with a pin knife, revealing the white plaster that then outlines her work.

Regardless of how Sadler achieved this look, the bright vibrant art pulled me in.  She was definitely a master of color and pattern.




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