American People Famous Illustrators from the United States

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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
Dec. 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
age 49
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
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
age 77
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
age 56
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
Dec. 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
age 73
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
age 61
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
age 77
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
age 53
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
age 90
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
age 58
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
Dec. 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
age 68
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
Dec. 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
age 84
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
age 51
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
age 64
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
age 69
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
age 89
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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