Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Oliver Twist Illustrations

Here's the artwork for Oliver Twist. Since the source material comes from Charles Dickens, I had to edit the story a lot to fit it into the 12 page panorama. It was interesting working on Oliver. If you look at the original illustrator's work for Oliver's first publication, you'll find very animated caricatures. As time progressed, the other illustrators that worked on the same story moved towards more realism. In the process, the artwork became more stale, stilted, unemotive. It tended to just be people standing in a rooms. I'll confess, I have a number of people standing in scenes, but I tried to portray it in a manner that reflects the original illustrations' cartoon roots.

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