Bernhard August Hardie Gramatky, Jr. was an American painter, author, and illustrator. In a 2006 article in Watercolor Magazine, Andrew Wyeth named him as one of Americas 20 greatest watercolorists. He wrote and illustrated several childrens books, most notably Little Toot.Hardie Gramatky was born in Dallas, Texas, the second of three sons born to Bernhard Gramatky and Blanche Gunner Gramatky. Ten years later, following the death of his father, his mother moved the family to the Wilmar – South San Gabriel area, a then semi-rural suburb a few miles east of Los Angeles. Gramatky attended local schools in Wilmar, and then Alhambra High School in nearby Alhambra.
Displaying a precocious artistic talent, he began submitting his sketches to a young folks section published in the Los Angeles Times, and by the early 1920s had earned a reputation as the sections leading artist.