In a recent online
interview, Drawn.ca suggested that "to say Bob
Staake is just an illustrator is like saying 'The Beatles' were
just a bunch of musicians; the title doesn't do the artist justice"
and Publisher's Weekly commented that "Bob Staake's
modern, crisp illustrations ... practically jump off the page"
One of the nation's
most successful illustrators, his clients have included The New Yorker, TIME,
McDonald's, American Express, Sony, United Airlines, Nickelodeon,
Sports Illustrated For Kids, Ralston Purina, Hallmark Cards,
Kenner Toys, US News and World Report, Fortune, The Washington
Post, AT&T, Sega, TWA, Dr.Pepper, The Chicago Tribune, Good
Humor, Warner Books, Kellogg's, Cartoon Network, Turner Broadcasting,
The Wall Street Journal, AOL/Time Warner, Forbes, Simon and Schuster,
The Ren and Stimpy Show, MAD, USA Today, Children's Television
Workshop, Blockbuster Video, The Walt Disney Company, Anheuser-Busch,
Doubleday, Klutz Press, Hershey's, Target Stores, Miami Herald,
Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Fleishman-Hillard, DMBB,
and countless others.
Staake's November 17,
2008 cover of The New Yorker entitled Reflection commemorating Barack
Obama's election as the nation's first African- American president
was named by TIME as #1 in their list of 10 Top Magazine Covers of 2008 dubbing the image
"beautifully rendered" and "simply spectacular"
-- in fact, it is the most
New Yorker cover of all-time according to NewYorkerStore.com.
He has authored and/or
illustrated over 50 books, including The
Donut Chef, Hello Robots, Look A Book, This Is Not A Pumpkin,
Pets Go Pop, and others. The New York Times named
Staake's 'The Red Lemon' one of the 10 best illustrated books
and works in Chatham, Massachusetts in a 200-year-old house on
the elbow of Cape Cod.
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