There’s a great little article in the current issue of The Bark about William Steig (1907-2003), award-winning cartoonist, illustrator and sculptor. If his cartoons look familiar to you, it might be because his drawings graced the pages (and cover) of The New Yorker over 1600 times. Steig, who just so happened to be the creator of the character Shrek, often depicted dogs in his illustrations — dogs who often seemed perhaps a bit too human for their own good.

Steig was also the author and illustrator of dozens of children’s books, including personal favorites Doctor De Soto and Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. In Caleb and Kate, Steig tells the story of a man who transforms into a dog and becomes his wife’s pet and companion. In his cartoons, Steig created humorous, often ironic situations, frequently turning to dogs to deliver some sort of observation about the world. I love the way you can practically trace the exact movements of his pen in his hasty, simple drawings.

There’s a new collection of Steig’s cartoons out called Cats, Dogs, Men, Women, Ninnies & Clowns: The Lost Art of William Steig.

[Images above via Conde Nast Store]