Google has a lovely doodle today to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens.
And a great article albeit controversial from The Independent which questions where have all the all the book illustrators gone? Wouldn't it be amazing if adult books were illustrated like they were in the golden era. As Alice said, what is the point of books without pictures?
"Charles Dickens enjoyed close collaborative relationships with the illustrators of his novels,
but now it's rare to find a picture outside the world of children's books.
Is drawing a lost art, or could we be on the brink of a new golden age?"
When I left college I really wanted to illustrate adult books. My final project was a series of gritty illustrations based on Mikhail Bulgakov's The Heart of a Dog. I sent off my illustrations to Harvill straight after I graduated and got my first rejection letter; a charming rejection I do remember. I still have it, must dig it up. But it's something that I always thought i'd go back to as there is so much scope for an illustrator in an adult text. Dickens has been illustrated by some of the greats including George Cruikshank, John Leech, and our own PJ Lynch his version of Dicken's Christmas Carol is one of my favourites and refutes The Independent article. Here is a man who clearly knows how to draw and is up there with the classic illustrators of all time.