Meet the Illustrator

Alan Witschonke

Portrait of Alan Witschonke

Alan Witschonke, who grew up in Connecticut, was interested in becoming an illustrator from an early age. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design and graduated in 1975. Witschonke's illustrations appear in many different places. He owns his own illustration and design studio, which he calls the Artery. He also shows his work in galleries. His illustrations have appeared on book covers and in magazines, newspapers, and dictionaries, as well as in children's books such as The Great Wall. He has even illustrated cookbooks! Witschonke is active in the Boston chapter of the Graphic Artists Guild and also is a member of other artists' organizations.

Look carefully at the illustrations on pages 394-395 of The Great Wall. How does Alan Witschonke give the scene a lively sense of action? What activities does the artist show people doing? Share your observations with a partner.

Photography Credit


Other Books Written by Alan Witschonke

  • Big Flavors of the Hot Sun: Recipes and Techniques from the Spice Zone
    (written by Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby)
  • The Brooklyn Bridge
    (written by Elizabeth Mann)
  • How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food
    (written by Mark Bittman)
  • Hail to the Chief: The American Presidency
    (written by Don Robb)