In a recent online
interview, Drawn.ca suggested that "to say Bob
is just an illustrator is like saying 'The Beatles' were just
a bunch of musicians; the title doesn't do the artist justice" and Publisher's
Weekly commented that "Bob Staake's modern, crisp
illustrations ... practically jump off the page"
One of the nation's
most successful illustrators, his clients have included The New Yorker, TIME,
McDonald's, Vanity Fair, Amtrak, Young & Rubicam, American
Express, Sony, United Airlines, Nickelodeon, Sports Illustrated
For Kids, Ralston Purina, Hallmark Cards, Kenner Toys, US News
and World Report, Fortune, The Washington Post, AT&T, Sega,
TWA, Dr.Pepper, The Chicago Tribune, Good Humor, Warner Books,
Kellogg's, Cartoon Network, Turner Broadcasting, The Wall Street
Journal, AOL/Time Warner, Forbes, Simon and Schuster, The Ren
and Stimpy Show, MAD, USA Today, Children's Television Workshop,
Blockbuster Video, The Walt Disney Company, Anheuser-Busch, Doubleday,
Klutz Press, Hershey's, Target Stores, Miami Herald, Los Angeles
Times, The New York Times, Fleishman-Hillard, DMBB, and countless
17, 2008 cover of The New Yorker entitled Reflection commemorating Barack
Obama's election as the nation's first African- American president
was named by TIME
as #1 in their list of 10 Top Magazine Covers of 2008 dubbing the image
"beautifully rendered" and "simply spectacular"
-- in fact, it is the most
New Yorker cover of all-time according to NewYorkerStore.com.
He has authored and/or
illustrated over 60 books, including The
Donut Chef, Bluebird, Bugs Galore, Hello Robots, Look A Book,
This Is Not A Pumpkin, Pets Go Pop, and others. The New
York Times named his book 'The
one of the 10 Best Illustrated Books of 2006.
books have been translated into over 12 languages around the
In 2014, Staake
starred in a national TV commercial and ad campaign for
Intel. The commercial also featured animated characters from
that seemed to fly off the pages.
In 1987, Staake
is alleged to have named an otherwise obscure imaging software
"Photoshop" and his maternal grandfather is credited
for inventing the so-called 'crinkle-cut french fry'. "I
know", says Staake, "it all sounds crazy, but it's
He lives and
works in Chatham, Massachusetts in a 200-year-old house on the
elbow of Cape Cod.