Artist mockups with original illustrations for two children’s books envisioned by William Gilkerson (1936–2015), an internationally known marine artist, author, and historian who received the Canadian Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature for his novel Pirate’s Passage in 2006.
Gilkerson, an American-Canadian artist, was born in Chicago, grew up in the Midwest, and enrolled in arts programs at Washington University in St. Louis. His love affair with the sea began when he moved to Norway and bought a 44’ antique sailing sloop, which he navigated around much of Northern Europe, making and selling on-the-spot marine sketches. His artwork has been featured in many major exhibitions and reproduced in scores of books, magazines, and films.
In his lifetime, Gilkerson wrote and illustrated 14 books. This collection includes a six-page mockup (8” x 10”) for a book he entitled The Adventurous Voyage. This book was published in 1988 by Shambala under the title Ultimate Voyage. It was Gilkerson’s first work of fiction and tells the story of five boyhood friends who build their own boat and set off through uncharted seas on a magical journey of adventure and self-discovery. The mockup includes three original quick sketches.
The second item is a thumbnail dummy for an unpublished book entitled The Voyage of Windhorse. According to a handwritten note signed by Gilkerson that accompanies the artwork, this first concept for the book was done in 1979. The dummy consists of nine leaves measuring 9” x 5 ½” with an original color pencil illustration and eight other original pencil sketches. The mock-up is housed in a manilla sleeve with a label affixed to the front describing the concept for the book: “8 ½ x 11 estimated 128 page book; single column format with 5 ½ col. width throughout. Est. 50 2nd-color drawings, six single-page 4-color illustrations and one full spread; type is 11 pt. or 12 pt. Roman face.”
The materials are in very good condition. Item #72725