Will Hillenbrand’s early pictures still decorate the walls of his mother’s house: “I drew mostly at the kitchen table, but also used my crayons on stairwell walls.” He studied studio art at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, then worked in advertising before landing his first contract for Traveling to Tondo, which won the American Library Association’s Notable Book citation. He has since illustrated more than 45 books, many of which have garnered awards, such as the IRA Children’s Choice award. The Society of Illustrators awarded him a Gold Medal in 1990.
To read more about Hillenbrand, see the November 2008 issue of The Artist’s Magazine. Here is some art that didn’t appear in the feature.