Children’s Book Illustration: Alice in Wonderland

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:

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland pictures

John Tenniel Cheshire Cat

 Other illustrations

Nicola Robinson

Quirky pen and ink

Nicola Robinson Cheshire Cat
Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama

Contemporary fantasy from Deviant Art

Michael Kutsche
Red Queen illustration for Tim Burton’s film
Caterpillar illustration for Tim Burton’s film
Red Queen: Chemical 23
Annie Rodrigue

watercolour, acrylics and ink on hot pressed watercolour paper.

Annie Rodrigue: Alice of Diamonds

Annie Rodrigue: The Mad hatter
Eva Soulu

Adult interpretations done in Painter. Her work all has this signature style – her own portrait?

Eva Soulu: Alice and the Cheshire Cat
Eva Soulu: Alice and the Mad Hatter. Done in Painter

History of the book