Somehow, as Staake ages, his illustrations get fresher and more interesting. If you don’t know his work you will find it on the pages of Time, the cover of The New Yorker (above), and among projects produced for clients such as Disney and American Express. He has also authored and/or illustrated over 60 books–increasingly children’s books.
You may be surprised to learn that, though he had a good thing going in the early nineties, he dared to reinvent himself. He not only made the move from the drawing board to a computer, he dramatically altered his illustration style.
His story is a good example of how assessing and reinventing your approach and skills can lead to even greater success.