I know I didn't have any of his books lying around when I was a kid, so it was probably in my mid-to-late teens. One day I turned around and Where The Wild Things Are was suddenly a huge inspiration to me; I don't know what it is about that story that resonates with me in such a meaningful way, but it's just held such an important place for me that it feels like it's been around me forever.
More than just his books, it's Maurice Sendak's words about his work, about people and life that have just found their way into my own ways of thinking; I'm still at a loss to explain fully how I felt when I heard the news of his passing, but hopefully this drawing is proper tribute to the man who isn't nearly done inspiring me.
"I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can't stop them. They leave me and I love them more."