Arthur Rackham

Arthur Rackham (1867 – 1939) was an exceptional artist, creating illustrations for books such as Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (1909), Gulliver’s Travels (1909) and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1907).
I love the line work and colours within Arthur Rackham’s work, they’re incredibly direct and powerful but the colour allows that depth of the image to come out as well as give a very nostalgic and mythical feel towards the images. As the stories obviously show, the images needed to convey a world that was beyond our own, somewhere truly magical and mystical, somewhere in which anything could be possible. I really need to look into the sort of line work Arthur had created that simplifys the surroundings but allows enough detail to know that ‘that’s’ a tree or those ladies are swimming in the water…
The old imagery and style yet obvious influence to other artists today really opens these images up for me as well as their obvious beauty. For Peepa’s world I need something fairly dark and grim as I need to show that her world is crumbling… looking at Arthur’s images make me want to try a very detailed surrounding, rustic and earthy but a decaying sort of earth.


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