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List of notable or famous illustrators from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top illustrators born in the United States and even some popular illustrators who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American illustrators then this list is the perfect resource for you. These illustrators are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known illustrator from the United States is included when available.

Examples of people on this list: Andy Warhol, Dav Pilkey and more.

This historic illustrators from the United States list can help answer the questions "Who are some American illustrators of note?" and "Who are the most famous illustrators from the United States?" These prominent illustrators of the United States may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected American illustrators.

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Andy Warhol is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Andy Warhol Died at 59 (1928-1987) Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and ...more

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Shepard Fairey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Shepard Fairey age 48 Shepard Fairey is a skateboarder, graphic artist and illustrator.

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Bill Mauldin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Bill Mauldin Died at 82 (1921-2003) Bill Maudlin was an illustrator.

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Maurice Sendak is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Maurice Sendak Died at 84 (1928-2012) Maurice Sendak was a writer, illustrator, TV and film producer.

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Edward Gorey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Edward Gorey Died at 75 (1925-2000) Edward St. John Gorey was an American writer and artist noted for his illustrated books. His characteristic pen-and-ink drawings often depict vaguely unsettling narrative scenes in Victorian and ...more

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Dav Pilkey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Dav Pilkey age 52 David Murray "Dav" Pilkey Jr. is a popular American author and illustrator of children's literature. Pilkey is best known as the author and illustrator of the Captain Underpants book ...more

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Jean Marzollo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Jean Marzollo age 76 Jean Marzollo is a children's author and illustrator. Born in 1942, she has written over 100 books, including the best-selling, award-winning I SPY series for children, written completely in ...more

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Sam Kieth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Sam Kieth age 55 Sam Kieth is an American comic book writer and illustrator, best known as the creator of The Maxx and Zero Girl.

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Richard Scarry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Richard Scarry Died at 75 (1919-1994) Richard McClure Scarry was a popular American children's author and illustrator who published over 300 books with total sales of over 100 million units worldwide.

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Marc Brown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Marc Brown age 72 Marc Tolon Brown is an American author and illustrator of children's books. Brown writes as well as illustrates the Arthur book series, and is best known for creating that series and its ...more

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Berkeley Breathed is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Berkeley Breathed age 60 Guy Berkeley "Berke" Breathed is an American cartoonist, children's book author/illustrator, director and screenwriter, best known for Bloom County, a 1980s cartoon-comic strip that ...more

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David M. Carroll is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
David M. Carroll age 76 David M. Carroll is an American naturalist, author and illustrator. He has investigated for the endangered species programs of New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, the Environmental Protection Agency, ...more

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Andy Luckey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Andy Luckey age 52 Andrew A. Luckey is an American writer, director and producer, primarily of animated works. He also writes and illustrates children's books and Bible studies. Luckey has produced over 300 hours ...more

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Paul Coker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Paul Coker age 89 Paul Coker is an American illustrator. He has worked in many media, including Mad, character design for Rankin-Bass TV specials such as Frosty the Snowman, and advertising. Coker's first ...more

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Gary Baseman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Gary Baseman age 57 Gary Baseman is a film producer and a screenwriter

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Bill Peet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Bill Peet Died at 87 (1915-2002) Bill Peet, was an American children's book illustrator and a story writer for Disney Studios. He joined Disney in 1937 and worked first on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs near the end of its ...more

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Gary Panter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Gary Panter age 67 Gary Panter is an illustrator, painter, designer and part-time musician. Panter's work is representative of the post-underground, new wave comics movement that began with the end of Arcade: The ...more

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Ed Emshwiller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Ed Emshwiller Died at 65 (1925-1990) Edmund Alexander Emshwiller, better known as Ed Emshwiller, was an American visual artist notable for his science fiction illustrations and his pioneering experimental films. He usually signed ...more

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Tomie dePaola is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Tomie dePaola age 83 Thomas Anthony dePaola, is an American writer and illustrator who has created more than 200 children's books, and is known best for picture books such as Strega Nona. He received the Laura ...more

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Mo Willems is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Mo Willems age 50 Mo Willems is an American writer, animator, and creator of children's books.

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Glen Keane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Glen Keane age 63 Glen Keane is an American animator, author and illustrator. Keane is best known for his character animation at Walt Disney Animation Studios for feature films including The Little Mermaid, ...more

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Chris Van Allsburg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Chris Van Allsburg age 68 Chris Van Allsburg is an American illustrator and writer of children's books. He has won two Caldecott Medals for U.S. picture book illustration, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, both of which ...more

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Eric Carle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Eric Carle age 88 Eric Carle is a screenwriter.

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Don Freeman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Don Freeman Died at 70 (1908-1978) Don Freeman was an American painter, printmaker, cartoonist, and an illustrator and writer of children's books.

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Arnold Lobel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Arnold Lobel Died at 54 (1933-1987) Arnold Stark Lobel was an American author of children's books, including the Frog and Toad series and Mouse Soup. He both wrote and illustrated those picture books, as well as Fables for which ...more

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Steve Purcell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Steve Purcell age 57 Steven Ross Purcell is an American cartoonist, animator, director and game designer. He is most widely known as the creator of Sam & Max, an independent comic book series about a pair of ...more

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James Marshall is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
James Marshall Died at 50 (1942-1992) James Edward Marshall was an American illustrator and writer of children's books, probably best known for the George and Martha series of picture books. He illustrated books exclusively as James ...more

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James Montgomery Flagg is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
James Montgomery Flagg Died at 83 (1877-1960) James Montgomery Flagg was an American artist and illustrator. He worked in media ranging from fine art painting to cartooning, but is best remembered for his political posters.

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Joyce Carol Thomas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Joyce Carol Thomas age 79 Joyce Carol Thomas is an African-American poet, playwright, motivational speaker, and author of more than 30 children's books.

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Wanda Gág is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Wanda Gág Died at 53 (1893-1946) Wanda Hazel Gág was an American artist, author, translator, and illustrator. She is most noted for writing and illustrating the children's book Millions of Cats which won a Newbery Honor ...more

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David Macaulay is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
David Macaulay age 71 David Macaulay is a British-born American illustrator and writer. His most famous works include Cathedral, The Way Things Work and The New Way Things Work. His illustrations have been featured ...more

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Laurie Rosenwald is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Laurie Rosenwald age 63 Laurie Rosenwald is an American illustrator, author, artist, and designer. A New York City native, she graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Painting in 1977. She has ...more

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Billy Martin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Billy Martin age 36 William Dean "Billy" Martin is an American musician best known as the guitarist and keyboardist of the pop punk band Good Charlotte.

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Ellen Raskin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Ellen Raskin Died at 56 (1928-1984) Ellen Ermingard Raskin was an American writer and illustrator. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and grew up during the Great Depression. She was educated at the University of ...more

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Phil Henderson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Phil Henderson age 50 Phil Henderson, aka Philip Lewis or P. Lewis is an American novelist, illustrator, essayist, and poet. His literary work is known for its relentless, caustic satire of contemporary American ...more

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William Joyce is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
William Joyce age 60 William Edward "Bill" Joyce is an American writer, illustrator, and filmmaker. His illustrations appeared on numerous New Yorker covers and his paintings are displayed at museums and ...more

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Art Adams is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Art Adams age 54 Arthur "Art" Adams is an American comic book artist and writer. He first broke into the American comic book industry with the 1985 Marvel Comics miniseries Longshot. His subsequent ...more

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Peggy Bacon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Peggy Bacon Died at 92 (1895-1987) Margaret Frances "Peggy" Bacon was an American printmaker, illustrator, painter and writer. Bacon was known for her humorous and ironic etchings and drawings, as well as for her ...more

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Aliki Brandenberg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Aliki Brandenberg age 88 Aliki Liacouras Brandenberg is an American author and illustrator of books for children. Brandenberg was born in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey, to James Peter and Stella Liacouras. Her parents, who ...more

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Doug Drexler is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Doug Drexler age 65 Doug Drexler is a visual effects artist, designer, sculptor, illustrator, and a makeup artist who has collaborated with such talents as Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, James Caan, Meryl Streep, and ...more

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Maxfield Parrish is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Maxfield Parrish Died at 96 (1870-1966) Maxfield Parrish was an American painter and illustrator active in the first half of the 20th century. He is known for his distinctive saturated hues and idealized neo-classical imagery.

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Maira Kalman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Maira Kalman age 69 Maira Kalman is an American illustrator, writer, artist, and designer. Her work most widely held in WorldCat libraries is Fireboat: the heroic adventures of the John J. Harvey, a picture book ...more

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Art Young is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Art Young Died at 77 (1866-1943) Arthur Henry "Art" Young was an American cartoonist and writer. He is most famous for his socialist cartoons, especially those drawn for the left wing political magazine The Masses ...more

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Jane Frank is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Jane Frank Died at 68 (1918-1986) Jane Schenthal Frank was an American artist. She studied with Hans Hofmann and Norman Carlberg and is known as a painter, sculptor, mixed media artist, and textile artist. Her landscape-like, ...more

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Russell Patterson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Russell Patterson Died at 84 (1893-1977) Russell Patterson was a celebrated and prolific American cartoonist, illustrator and scenic designer. Patterson’s art deco magazine illustrations helped develop and promote the idea of the 1920s ...more

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Laura Numeroff is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Laura Numeroff age 64 Laura Joffe Numeroff is an American author and illustrator of children's books who is best known as the author of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

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Elizabeth Enright is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Elizabeth Enright Died at 59 (1909-1968) Elizabeth Enright, was an American writer of children's books, an illustrator, writer of short stories for adults, literary critic and teacher of creative writing. Perhaps best known as the ...more

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Wayne Barlowe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Wayne Barlowe age 60 Wayne Douglas Barlowe is an American science fiction and fantasy writer and painter. He has painted over 300 book and magazine covers and illustrations for many major book publishers, as well as ...more

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Barbara Cooney is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Barbara Cooney Died at 83 (1917-2000) Barbara Cooney was an American writer and illustrator of more than 200 children's books, published over sixty years. She won two Caldecott Medals, which are awarded to the year's ...more

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Eric Drooker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Eric Drooker age 60 Eric Drooker is an American painter, graphic novelist, and frequent cover artist for The New Yorker. He conceived and designed the animation for the film Howl. Drooker grew up in Manhattan's ...more