For background nformation about illustrator Taro Yashima see http://www.librarypoint.org/taro_yashima
Sometimes I find an illustrator has "signed" a book by drawing a custom illustration inside it for the owner. Many examples of this appear in books found in the San Diego Public Library's Historical Children's Collection, now a special collection at SDSU Library.The first example I share is Crow Boy by Japanese author/illustrator Taro Yashima. Where the drawings appear on the verso or reverse side of the page the author draws a crow in flight and below he writes the inscription,
"To: Boys and Girls of San Diego Public Library." On the recto or front side of the page and in the tradition of form (character)-based writing, Yashima draws and hand colors Crow Boy over the words "Crow Boy." Here the inscription continues, "with Best wishes- April 16th, 1968. Author, Taro Yashima." He then draws an image of his own seal or the image he uses as a signature. Please note how the vibrance of the yellow, orange, pink, and blue contrasts with the black ink in this image to create a glowing quality. Such color vibrance in a 1968 drawing suggests this book has been well conserved with very little exposure to light. Stay tuned for more on this artist and on other examples of illustrators' drawing-enhanced signatures. Happy reading.