John Tenniel’s illustration for Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass (1865), “You’re Nothing But a Pack of Cards”
Investigate and read carefully the information at the following sites.
1. For this first link, work with a partner and when you come to the part “Mistakes in the Illustrations,” one partner opens up the first and the other the second link so you can compare them side by side.
Tenniel illustrator, engraver
2. In the link below, take notes on your five favorite illustrations and their surprising sources. (You will translate image sources like this into your own illustration.)
Look at more information from the menu bar on the left, to learn more.
3. Watch the following video featuring illustrations of Gustave Doré (French illustrator and printmaker, 1832-1883).
Note some of the selections in the article about the genre of retold tales.
Retold Fairy Tales – genre
4. Maurice Sendak (of Where the Wild Things Are) reimagines the Brothers Grimm fairy tales. Pay special attention to the line work as you sketch aspects of your favorite illustrations.
Sendak’s Brothers Grimm
5. In your sketchbook, write comments and respond to items you find interesting in each of the selections above.
Make thumbnails of your favorite Tenniel, Doré, and Sendak fairy tale illustrations and note what you like about them.
Brainstorm a list of possible stories, sources, and ideas for narrative art you will make in your illustrated retelling of a fairy tale. Lightly pencil before using fine point black pen on 11 x 14″ bristol paper with 1″ margin.
As a narrative, your illustration will indicate actors (human, animal, or hybrid), a setting/location, hints about previous action and indications of future action.