There are plenty of examples of illustrators who have defined a story visually by being the first or best illustrator to respond to it.
- Winnie The Pooh (1926) written by A A Milne and illustrated by E H Shepard
- The Gruffalo (1999) written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated
by Axel Scheffler
- Little Red Riding Hood (1812) as defined by the Brothers Grimm and
illustrated by Arthur Rackham.
- Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake
Look at some of these examples or find your own. What is it about the illustrations that links so well with the text? Is it simply familiarity, that we’ve got used to seeing these characters in this way, or is there more going on in the relationship between image and text?
Alice in Wonderland
Sir John Tenniel’s memorable for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass and Jabberwocky. For downloads of all Tenniel’s illustrations see:
Quirky pen and ink
Contemporary fantasy from Deviant Art
watercolour, acrylics and ink on hot pressed watercolour paper.
Adult interpretations done in Painter. Her work all has this signature style – her own portrait?
History of the book