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How Do Illustrators Draw the Sun?

Illustration by Milton Glaser, from THE SMALLEST ELEPHANT IN THE WORLD

I’m always curious how illustrators choose to depict the sun. How can they solve the problem of making something so common look beautiful and unique?

I decided to start collecting suns on Instagram using the hashtag #illustratorsun. Click here to see what I have so far.

Oh, and it turns out, I’m not alone with the sun fascination. There’s a whole book dedicated to the subject:

(Thank you K-Fai Steele for the tip!)

There’s also a pinterest board on the topic.

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.