Philip Hopman (b. 1961) graduated from the Rietveld Academy of Art in Amsterdam. Since 1988 he illustrated over over 250 children’s books with a cinematic technique that has found many imitators. In the Netherlands, he is known as “the artist who can draw anything” – including farmers, horses, agricultural machinery, and so much more besides. His picture books, including the award-winning 22 wezen (22 Orphans), have been translated into many languages.
His pictures are crammed with hilarious details; his dashing style shows great professional skill. Watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations capitalize on the text in comic detail.