Illustration Daily – Day 106: Harold and the Purple Crayon

The creator of “Harold“, Crockett Johnson (aka David Johnson Leisk) adopted his pen name from a childhood nickname and his middle-name as he felt ‘Leisk’ was too difficult to pronounce. Married to the prolific children’s writer Ruth Kraus, the two collaborated on the book “The Carrot Seed” ten years before Harold and his crayon made their debut. In addition to his works for children, Johnson was also a fine artist who later in his career created works based on mathematics and geometry.


Harold and the Purple Crayon, 5″x5″, ink, and watercolor on illustration board

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