As much as we would like to bring it back, the golden age of American illustration is over. Yes, there is still illustration being done. Yes, there are artists who manage to make a living solely by creating illustrations. But other techniques have taken predominance and the process cannot be undone. This is why we illustration fans find ourselves going back to places where this kind of art is celebrated. The Society of Illustrators in New York is one such place. A bit crowded, but it is still a pleasure to stroll through narrow corridors, tight turns, skinny staircases, and take in all the great images and absorb the superb sense of design. My favorite work? A simple composition of a girl reading, by J. C. Leyendecker, whose sense of color, draftmanship, and design skills are in a category of their own.