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Illustrators Build A Bridge For Young Readers, Says Artist James Ransome


James E. Ransome, Who should own Black Art, acrylics and collage on canvas.

Image courtesy of the artist.

James Ransome is a prize-winning illustrator, most recognizable for his work in children’s books. Karen Michel for NPR spoke with the artist about his career, his inspirations, and his creative process. Ransome also shared insights on what it is like to work alongside a writer and spoke about his new interest in painting.


“I'm trying to find something in between the words, in between the sentence and the structures of the sentence. I'm trying to find a sort of something that the writer is not necessarily describing or talking. There's a soul. That's what I sort of call it, a sort of in-between space that I'm going for.” - James Ransome
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