I don’t know about you but I love Illustrations in books. Whether its a map to help with your understanding of the new world you’re about to enter, a fully illustrated book with images of the characters and scenes described, to a beautiful cover that makes you stop and pick up the book. They really help me delve deeper into the book making the story more believable. Some of my all time favourite books are illustrated or have been made into illustrated versions and this post will focus on my favourites. Who are some of your favourite Illustrators? Let me know in the comments.
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- Quentin Blake
I adored Roald Dahls books growing up, and I feel this was definitely helped by the Illustrations of Quentin Blake. With his quirky imagery and drawing style he managed to grasp Dahl’s characters completely. My favourite of his books was Fantastic Mr Fox and below are some of his illustrations from that book.
2. Jim Kay
Kay’s illustrations made me fall in love with Harry Potter all over again. He grasped Rowling’s story and made all my most loved characters and places come to life again. These are a fab way to bring a new generation into the Potter fanbase, and are perfect gifts for smaller children to appreciate as the grow up.
3. Charlie Bowater
Its only since entering the twitterverse and reading more YA that I actually learnt of Charlie’s art, but she has created some absolutely stunning book covers. I know they tell you not to judge a book by its cover, but just look at the pictures below and tell me you wouldn’t buy these books off the cover alone!
4. Beatrix Potter
An author and Illustrator, Beatrix Potter managed to bring her own well loved characters to life with some truly beautiful Illustrations. From Peter Rabbit to Jemima Puddleduck you cant help but love the little creatures that she creates.
5. Nick Sharatt
Jacqueline Wilson’s books were some of my favourites growing up. and I definitely picked her books up partly due to the awesome and colourful covers. He brought so many of her characters to life, and made for some truly interesting and unique Illustrations.
6. E.H Shephard
I mean who doesnt love Winnie-The-Pooh? E H Shephard was the Illustrator for the original editions of the books that I loved as a child. He managed to bring Winnie, Piglet, Tigger etc to life with such beautiful and simplictic drawings that I love these illustrations over the modern day versions.