An Illustrated Day in the Life of Caroll Spinney

Published: December 11, 2019
Categories: Art, Feature

As many of us know, Caroll Spinney was more than just a puppeteer – he was also a talented artist.  He has painted dozens of beautiful illustrations, many of which feature Big Bird and Oscar, including the iconic “How to Be a Grouch” storybook.  It doesn’t take much to see the raw talent he had, and the love he pored into every picture.

In 1973, Caroll provided some illustrations for The Puppetry Journal, the official publication of Puppeteers of America.  In just a few pages, he gave an overview of how he prepares for work on Sesame Street, as well as some of the famous folks he works with every day.

Incredible, right??

That’s not all – we’ve got a few more Caroll illustrations from the Puppetry Journal, like this masterpiece from 1974:

Isn’t that just the best?  What a talented human being Caroll Spinney was.

To wrap it up, here are just a few more assorted illustrations Caroll Spinney provided for the Puppetry Journal over the years:

Many, many thanks to David Stephens for providing the images for us.  And thanks to Caroll Spinney for sharing his talent with us for over 50 years.

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