Ed Emberley & Friends

Children’s book author and illustrator Ed Emberley has used his books to teach a generation of children to draw using the simplest of ingredients: squiggles, triangles, dots, circles and the other shapes.

Some of the kids inspired by Emberley grew up to be professional artists themselves. Opening July 17th at Scion’s Installation L.A. Gallery, Ed Emberley & Friends will explore the influence that Emberley’s books have had on this new generation of artists. Curated by Caleb Neelon, the exhibition features Emberley originals as well as five artists who were inspired by him. The artists include Seonna Hong, Raul Gonzalez, Matt Leines, Christopher Kline and Saelee Oh.

Emberley will have the largest presence in the show, contributing work from his archives including dozens of pages from the 1970s original mockups of his books. He will have recent drawings of his classic characters for sale, as well as a limited-edition print made especially for the show. An opening reception takes place on July 17th, 7—10 p.m. at the Scion Installation Space, 3521 Helms Ave. (at National), Culver City, CA 90232. The reception is free with complimentary valet parking and an open bar. All the artists will be present. This exhibit will run until August 7th and more information is available at the Scion Space website. Here’s a little trailer created for the event:


  • Tedzey

    He must’ve influenced the artists behind “Madagascar!”

  • http://knottspreserved.com Chris Merritt

    Wow! I love Ed Emberley! I actually brought my childhood copy of the book you show above to Singapore just so my 4 & 6 year old children could copy the drawings within. Emberley’s drawings were the first I ever saw that showed how things could be broken down into simple shapes, and I spent hours as a kid copying the pictures in his books. Thank you Mr. Emberley – I so wish I could be there for this!

  • http://bwhitecartoons.blogspot.com Bill

    I love Ed Emberley! We kids in the Boston area in the 60′s and 70′s were extra lucky: Ed used to do “How-to-Draw” segments on our local Bozo show. Wish I could go to this exhibit!

  • droosan

    My first serious efforts to draw involved scrupulously copying the lessons in ED EMBERLEY’S DRAWING BOOK OF ANIMALS (cover art pictured above) when I was just a four-year-old, in Japan during the 1970′s.

    This is kinda ‘short notice’, for the reception event .. but I’m gonna make every effort to be there. Thanks! ^_^

  • http://www.vivaortegacy.com Dave O.

    Raul Gonzalez is one of my best friends and a fellow robot and you should totally check out his awesome cartoon-inspired art: http://cerebot.blogspot.com/

  • http://amymebberson.blogspot.com Amy Mebberson

    I used to borrow the Big Green Drawing Book from the library CONSTANTLY when I was a kid. Each time I made it my mission to draw EVERYTHING in the book, beginning to end. I never made it.

    I’m still looking for a copy(preferably vintage) of Big Green to this day. if I get one, I will STILL try and draw everything cover to cover.

  • http://kateburck.blogspot.com Kate Burck

    Ed Emberly made me feel that art was within my grasp when I was little. The lessons in his books are still relevant to me today. I’ve actually been hunting for copies of his books for a few months now. I really wish I could be in California for this.

  • Ben K.

    Oh god, the nostalgia. I need to go find my books!

  • http://www.michaelbanich.com Michael B.

    My favorite art teacher! I wish the drawings in the trailer had been animated. Perhaps I have a new project for the day.

  • CMcC

    I devoured his books daily as a kid especialy “Make A World” this is a show I need to see! Thanks for the tip.

  • http://progresscityusa.com Michael

    Oh my lord you’ve just blown my mind. I obsessed – OBSESSED! – over his Green Book when I was in elementary school in the 1980s. I checked it out probably a hundred times from our school library. I’ve looked for it for years, but I could never remember the name of the book or the author, just the names of some of the characters and creations in the book.

    This is awesome. I wish I could see the exhibit.