you are old father william

lewis carrol's classic

was an easy hit for my first excersise in illustration.

It’s full of movement and humour and in my opinion John Tenniel’s illustrations were turgid  – and unusually, Arthur Rackham’s were not much better.

I drew these in ink using a flexible dip G-nib because I read that Skottie Young used one for illustrating Fortunately the Milk.

alice is asked

by an intimidating caterpillar to recite this poem.

whole books have been written about what Carroll was on when he wrote this, and you can google it . . .

And have grown

most uncommonly fat;


Yet you turned a back-somersault in at the door 

your hair has become

very white;

And yet you incessantly stand on your head –
Do you think, at your age, it is right?

you finished the goose,

with the bones and the beak –

Pray, how did you manage to do it?

you balanced an eel

on the end of your nose

this ointment

 – one shilling the box –

Allow me to sell you a couple?

be off!

or I’ll kick you downstairs!

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lewis carrol's classic

was an easy hit for my first excersise in illustration.

It’s full of movement and humour and in my opinion John Tenniel’s illustrations were turgid  – and unusually, Arthur Rackham’s were not much better.

I drew these in ink using a flexible dip G-nib because I read that Skottie Young used one for illustrating Fortunately the Milk.

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